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The Best Athletes Who Wore #55

May 27, 2020 472 votes 129 voters 4.4k views27 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 55 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 55 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. Legendary MLB players with number 55 jerseys include Tim Linecum, Hideki Matsui, and Kevin Appier, all elite level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Dikembe Mutumbo and Dolph Schayes thriving with the number 55 in the NBA. Football and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars, like Junior Seau and Terrell Suggs, rocking the number in NFL and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #55 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 55 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 55.

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  • League: MLB

    Years active: 1983-2000

    Career highlights:

    3× All-Star (1987–1989)

    World Series champion (1988)

    NL Cy Young Award (1988)

    World Series MVP (1988)

    2× LCS MVP (1988, 1995)

    Gold Glove Award (1988)

    Silver Slugger Award (1993)

    NL wins leader (1988)

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    • League: MLB

      Years active: 2007-2016

      Career highlights:

      4× All-Star (2008–2011)

      3× World Series champion (2010, 2012, 2014)

      2× NL Cy Young Award (2008, 2009)

      3× NL strikeout leader (2008–2010)

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      • Photo: Wikimedia Commons

        League: NBA

        Years active: 1948-1964

        Career highlights:

        Basketball Hall of Fame
        NBA champion (1955)
        12× NBA All-Star (1951–1962)
        6× All-NBA First Team (1952–1955, 1957, 1958)
        6× All-NBA Second Team (1950, 1951, 1956, 1959–1961)
        NBA rebounding leader (1951)
        NBL Rookie of the Year (1949)
        No. 4 retired by Philadelphia 76ers

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          More Dolph Schayes 

          #186 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#1105 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time#19 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

        • Photo: flickr / CC0

          League: NBA

          Years active: 1980-1993

          Career highlights:

          2× NBA All-Star (1983, 1984)

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