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The Best Athletes Who Wore #9  

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List Rules Vote 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.

Gordie Howe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #9
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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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Bobby Hull is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #9
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League: NHL
Years active: 1958-1980
Stats: 1,063 games played, 610 goals, 560 assists

Career Highlights

  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Stanley Cup winner
  • 12x All-Star
  • 2x Hart Memorial Trophy winner
  • 3x Ross Trophy Winner

Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

Position: Left Wing

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Maurice Richard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #9
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League: NHL
Years active: 1943-1960
Stats: 978 games played, 544 goals, 422 assists

Career Highlights

  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 8x Stanley Cup winner
  • 14x All-Star
  • Hart Memorial Trophy winner

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Position: Right wing

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Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #9
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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: USA, California, San Diego

Position: Outfielder, Left fielder

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