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.