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The Best Athletes Who Wore #9

Updated April 17, 2020 2.0k votes 280 voters 13.1k views31 items

List RulesVote up the top athletes who wore 9 for at least one professional season

The legacies of players who wore 9 as their jersey number feature a mixed bag of memorable stories. Some of the greatest sports stars of all-time wore the number 9 and helped make it relevant. MLB icons like Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Reggie Jackson all delivered incredible careers and could be in the conversation for the top spot here. 

But NBA players who wore #9 include legendary stars like Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker, and Bob Pettit. The NHL and NFL are also strongly represented with famous, all-world talents like Gordie Howe, Drew Brees, and Steve McNair sporting the number.

So check out the list of athletes who wore 9 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 9, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 25.

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  • League: NHL
    Years active: 1947-1980
    Stats: 1,767 games played, 801 goals, 1,050 assists

    Career Highlights

    • Hockey Hall of Fame
    • 4x Stanley Cup winner
    • 21x All-Star
    • 6x Hart Memorial Trophy winner
    • 6x Ross Trophy Winner
    • Birthplace: Floral, Saskatchewan
    • Position: Right wing
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1939-1960
    Stats: .344 batting average, 521 home runs, 1,839 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • Baseball Hall of Fame
    • 19× All-Star (1940–1942, 1946–1951, 1953–1960²)
    • 2× AL MVP (1946, 1949)
    • 2× Triple Crown (1942, 1947)
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Position: Outfielder, Left fielder
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  • League: NFL
    Years active: 2001-present
    Stats: 264 games played, 74,437 passing yards, 520 passing touchdowns

    Career Highlights

    • Super Bowl champion (XLIV)
    • Super Bowl MVP (XLIV)
    • 12× Pro Bowl (2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016–2018)
    • First-team All-Pro (2006)
    • 4× Second-team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2011, 2018)
    • 2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2011)
    • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2006)
    • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2004)
    • Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America
    • Position: Quarterback
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1936-1951
    Stats: .325 batting average, 361 home runs, 1,537 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • Baseball Hall of Fame
    • 13× All-Star (1936–1942, 1946–1951)
    • 9× World Series champion (1936–1939, 1941, 1947, 1949–1951)
    • 3× AL MVP (1939, 1941, 1947)
    • Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States of America
    • Position: Center fielder
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