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Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 39-30

By Daniel Friedman
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Moving on with our weekly rankings of the best local athletes of all time by uniform/jersey number, here are numbers 39-30.

MORE: 99-90, 89-80, 79-70, 69-60, 59-50, 49-40

39: Roy Campanella, Dodgers

Roy Campanella
Roy Campanella (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The eight-time All Star helped "Dem Bums" finally win a World Series in 1955. His phenomenal career was tragically cut short in 1958, when a car accident left him paralyzed. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.

Runner-up: Rick DiPietro, Islanders

38: Bob Tucker, Giants

He had the most receptions of any tight end during the 1970s and is somehow not in the Hall of Fame.

Runner-up: Rick Aguilera, Mets

37: Casey Stengel, Dodgers/Giants (as a player), Mets/Yankees (as a manager)

Casey Stengel
Plaque of Casey Stengel in Monument Park (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

A fine ballplayer and an even better manager. He wore 37 as a manager, which is the only number we have on record for him, so we'll recognize him for his accomplishments in both roles.

Runner-up: Mark Parrish, Islanders

36: Don Newcombe, Dodgers

Don Newcombe
Don Newcombe (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The star pitcher for Brooklyn won a World Series in 1955 and was the NL Cy Young Award winner and MVP the following year.

Runner-up: David Cone (Mets/Yankees), Jerry Koosman (Mets)

35: Mike Richter, Rangers

Mike Richter
Mike Richter (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHL)

Arguably the best American goaltender to ever play in the NHL, he won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994 and had an outstanding career. Richter inspired a generation of younger Americans to embrace the goalie position.

Runner-up: Mike Mussina, Yankees

34: John Vanbiesbrouck, Rangers/Islanders/Devils

John Vanbiesbrouck
John Vanbiesbrouck (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

He was eventually beat out by Richter for the starting role, but was very good in his own right until that happened. He won the Vezina as the NHL's best goaltender in 1986.

Runner-up: Charles Oakley, Knicks

33: Patrick Ewing, Knicks

Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing (Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport)

I don't think I need to explain this one.

Runner-up: David Wells, Yankees

32: Julius Erving, Nets

Julius Erving
Julius Erving (Photo by Jim Cummins/NBAE via Getty Images)

This was a tough choice, but Dr. J gets the nod. He's one of the most dominant players in NBA history.

Runner-up: Elston Howard, Yankees

31: Billy Smith, Islanders

Billy Smith
Billy Smith (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Another very difficult call, but when you backstop your team to four Stanley Cups you deserve to be recognized.

Runner-up: Mike Piazza (Mets), Dave Winfield (Yankees)

30: Martin Brodeur, Devils

Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Arguably the best goaltender in NHL history, he holds several league records and has won award after award. This was a no-brainer.

Runner-up: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers

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