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The Best Athletes Who Wore #5

Updated January 22, 2020 1.6k votes 132 voters 5.6k views50 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 5 for at least one professional season.

The best players to wear 5 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. Iconic MLB players with number 5 jerseys include Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, and George Brett, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Jason Kidd, Victor Oladipo, and Jalen Rose thriving with the number 5 in the NBA. Football and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars rocking the number in NFL and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #5 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 5 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 5.

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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1936-1951
    Stats: .325 batting average, 2,214 hits, 361 home runs, 1,537 RBIs

    Career Highlights:
    Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (1955)
    13x All-Star selection
    3x AL MVP
    MLB record 56-game hitting streak

    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1914-1999)
    • Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States of America
    • Team: New York Yankees
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1967-1983
    Stats: .267 batting average, 2,048 hits, 389 home runs, 1,376 RBIs

    Career Highlights
    Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (1989)
    14x All-Star selection
    2x NL MVP

    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Team: Cincinnati Reds
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 2001-present
    Stats: .300 batting average, 3,202 hits, 656 home runs, 2,075 RBIs

    Career Highlights:
    10x All-Star selection
    3x NL MVP
    NL Rookie of the Year (2001)

    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    • Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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  • George Brett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #5
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    League: MLB
    Years active: 1973-1993
    Stats: .305 batting average, 3,154 hits, 317 home runs, 1,596 RBIs

    Career Highlights
    Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (1999)
    13x All-Star selection
    AL MVP (1980)

    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Glen Dale, West Virginia
    • Team: Kansas City Royals
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