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Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 59-50

By Daniel Friedman
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As part of our weekly rankings of the best local athletes by uniform/jersey number, we continue with 59-50.

MORE: 99-90, 89-80, 79-70, 69-60

59. Kyle Clifton, Jets

Kyle Clifton
Kyle Clifton (Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

He spent 13 seasons with the Jets and led the NFL with 199 tackles in 1988. He had 160 tackles or more in five of those 13 seasons.

Runner-up: Brian Williams, Giants

58. Carl Banks, Giants

Carl Banks
Carl Banks (Credit: Otto Greule Jr.)

A Pro Bowler and First Team All-Pro in 1987, Banks starred for the Giants and helped them win two Super Bowls. He finished with 39.5 career sacks and was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.

Runner-up: Antonio Pierce, Giants

57. Johan Santana, Mets

Johan Santana
Johan Santana (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

One of the best in baseball until injuries slowed him down, he's the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a Mets uniform.

Runner-up: Mo Lewis, Jets

56. Lawrence Taylor, Giants

Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor (Photo credit should read MARK D. PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images)

There's a reason why teams now invest so heavily in their offensive lines. No quarterback was safe.

Runner-up: Lance Mehl, Jets

55. Hideki Matsui, Yankees

Hideki Matsui
Hideki Matsui (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The star hitter lived up to the "Godzilla" moniker after coming over from Japan.

Runner-up: Jason Blake, Islanders

54. Goose Gossage, Yankees

Goose Gossage
Goose Gossage (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The dominant relief pitcher helped revolutionize the "closer" role in pinstripes, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008.

Runner-up: Victor Hobson, Jets

53. Harry Carson, Giants

Harry Carson
Former Giants linebacker Harry Carson (Photo by T.G. Higgins/Getty Images)

The star linebacker was a nine-time Pro Bowler and is a Hall of Famer. He helped the Giants win the Super Bowl in 1986.

Runner-up: Don Drysdale, Dodgers

52. CC Sabathia, Yankees

CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

He was brought in to be the Yankees' ace and he lived up to expectations, helping the Bombers win a World Series in his very first season in New York.

Runner-up: Buck Williams, Nets

51. Bernie Williams, Yankees

Bernie Williams
Bernie Williams (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The star outfielder was a key part of the dynastic Bronx Bombers in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Runner-up: Jonathan Vilma, Jets

50. Sid Fernandez, Mets

Sid Fernandez
Sid Fernandez (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

He won 16 games for the Mets in 1986, helping them win a World Series. He also played in two All-Star Games during his time in Flushing.

Runner-up: Duaner Sanchez, Mets

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