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The Best Athletes Who Wore #49

Updated July 13, 2020 260 votes 35 voters23 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 49 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 49 as their jersey numbers are sprinkled across all major sports. It has been a popular jersey number for decades with success of athletes across the board. Top NFL players with number 49 jerseys include Bobby Mitchell and Dennis Smith, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in football history

Suprisingly, not many basketball stars have worn 49 in the NBA. In contrast, baseball and hockey offer quite a few superstars, like Rob Guidry and Ivan Barbashev, rocking the number in MLB and NHL history, respectively.

Check out the list of famous athletes who wore 49 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 49.

  • Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #49
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    League: MLB
    Years Active: 1975-1988
    Career Highlights: 4× All-Star, 2× World Series champion, 5× Gold Glove Award, AL Cy Young Award, 2× AL wins leader, 2× AL ERA leader

    • Team: New York Yankees
    • Position: Pitcher
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  • Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #49
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    League: NFL
    Years Active: 1958-1968
    Career Highlights: Pro Football Hall of Fame, 4× Pro Bowl, 3× First-team All-Pro, 2× Second-team All-Pro, NFL receptions leader, 2× NFL receiving yards leader, NFL receiving touchdowns leader 

    • Team: Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns
    • Position: Running back, Return specialist, Halfback, Wide receiver
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  • Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #49
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    League: MLB
    Years Active: 2010-present
    Career Highlights: 7× All-Star , World Series champion, 2× AL strikeout leader

    • Team: Boston Red Sox
    • Position: Pitcher
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  • League: MLB
    Years Active: 1980-1997
    Career Highlights: Baseball Hall of Fame, 7× All-Star, 3× Rolaids Relief Man Award, 4× Saves leader

    • Team: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles
    • Position: Pitcher
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