Ranking the 50 best players who spent their entire careers with one team

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Ranking the 50 best players who spent their entire careers with one team

50. Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros

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49. Willis Reed, New York Knicks

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48. Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies

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47. Ray Nitschke, Green Bay Packers

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46. Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers

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45. John Havlicek, Boston Celtics

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44. Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Lakers

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43. Dick Butkus, Chicago Bears

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42. Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds

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41. Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds

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40. Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies

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39. Michael Strahan, New York Giants

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38. Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles

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37. Mike Richter, New York Rangers

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36. Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves

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35. Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics

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34. John Stockton, Utah Jazz

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33. George Brett, Kansas City Royals

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32. Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox

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31. David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs

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30. Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates

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29. Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants

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28. Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings

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27. Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons

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26. Sandy Koufax, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers

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25. Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins

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24. Yogi Berra, New York Yankees

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23. Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles

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22. Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals

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21. John Elway, Denver Broncos

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20. Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals

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19. Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers

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18. Walter Payton, Chicago Bears

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17. Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

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16. Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs

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15. Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

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14. Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions

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13. Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres

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12. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

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11. Bill Russell, Boston Celtics

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10. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

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9. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

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8. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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7. Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees

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6. Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

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5. Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees

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4. Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees

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3. Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns

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2. Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

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1. Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

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After 20 years, five championships and one MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant made it official on Sunday: He's retiring from the NBA in just a few short months.

When he finally does, he'll join a list that few players of this generation are eligible for -- playing an entire career as a member of one team. Despite a brief hiccup in the mid-2000s, Kobe's relationship with the Los Angeles Lakers has lived on harmoniously enough to live on eternally. (Even if Phil Jackson predicted otherwise.)

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Above, we ranked the 50 best players throughout the history of professional sports who went a career without relocating. Naturally, with free agency a prominent factor in modern day sports, today's stars are a little harder to come by on this list.


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