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The Best Athletes Who Wore #51

Updated January 28, 2020 1.5k votes 105 voters 3.3k views50 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 51 for at least one professional season.

The best players to wear 51 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 51 jerseys include Randy Johnson, Ichiro Suzuki, and Bernie Williams, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Football stars have had success with the number as well with Dick Butkus, Ken Norton Jr., and Bryan Cox thriving with the number 51 in the NFL. Basketball and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars rocking the number in NBA and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #51 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 51 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 51.

  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1988-2009
    Stats: 303 wins, 3.29 ERA, 4,875 strikeouts

    Career Highlights
    Baseball Hall of Fame (2015)
    10x All-Star selection
    5x Cy Young
    2001 World Series champion
    World Series MVP (2001)

    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California, United States of America
    • Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
    A great player?

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  • League: NFL
    Years active: 1965-1973
    Stats: 119 games played, 22 interceptions, 27 fumble recoveries

    Career Highlights
    Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1979)
    8x Pro Bowl selection
    6x All-Pro selectio

    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Team: Chicago Bears
    A great player?

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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 2001-2019
    Stats: .311 batting average, 3,089 hits, 117 home runs, 780 RBIs

    Career Highlights
    10x All-Star selection
    AL MVP (2001)
    AL Rookie of the Year (2001)
    10x Gold Glove winner

    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Kasugai, Japan
    • Team: Seattle Mariners
    A great player?

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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1993-2010
    Stats: 61 wins, 2.87 ERA, 1,133 strikeouts, 601 saves

    Career Highlights
    Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (2018)
    7x All-Star selection

    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Bellflower, California, United States of America
    • Team: San Diego Padres
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