Greatest athlete to wear number 4

This is by far the hardest one yet.

Basketball has a number of players that did this number justice – Dolph Schayes, Joe Dumars, Sidney Moncrief, Adrian Dantley, Byron Scott, Spud Webb, and Chris Webber to name a few.

Hockey brings us a few more immortals as well – Devils Captain Scott Stevens, Oilers Kevin Lowe, Red Kelly, Bill Gadsby, Jean Beliveau, Rob Blake, and some guy named Bobby Orr.

Football – we have Brett Favre and Jim Harbaugh

Soccer – Steven Gerrard and Der Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer

Baseball gives us a lot – Luke Appling, Joe Cronin, Ralph Kiner, Paul Molitor, Duke Snide, Red Schoendienst, Bill Terry, Robin Ventura, and of course, Mel Ott, Lou Gehrig, and Rogers Hornsby.

This is a tough call, Orr, Favre, Ott, and Gehrig are all deserving, but for me Rogers Hornsby is the greatest to don the 4.

Hornsby was a lifetime .358 hitter second only to Ty Cobb, Hornsby won two triple crowns, only Ted Williams is in that company. Hornsby was not well liked, and I believe that is why most select Gehrig as the best number 4. Seven batting titles, led the NL in slugging nine times – a record that still stands, considered by most to be the best right handed hitter ever.


3 responses to “Greatest athlete to wear number 4

  1. Sorry, got to disagree with you on this one. Bobby Orr (I know, you mentioned him) was the greatest athlete to wear number 4. He put up some awesome numbers and was a tremendous role model!

  2. I have to go with Orr- he revolutionized the game of hockey. Gehrig would be my second choice. The Rajah was a great hitter but a cancer on every team he was a part of. Lou Gehrig was a guy you wanted on your team…Roger had a habit of outstaying his welcome…

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