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This is a list of the greatest Chicago Cubs ever.The North Siders. The Lovable Losers. The Cubbies. No matter how you know them, the Chicago Cubs are one of the most beloved franchises in Major League Baseball. One of the oldest sports franchises in American sporting history, the Cubs have an illustrious history despite not having won a World Series title since 1908, a streak that's unmatched. What makes this streak even more baffling is the long line of great players that have donned the Cubs blue and white. Some of the greatest players in baseball played for the Cubs including a slew of Rookies of the Year, a handful of Cy Young Award Winners, MVPs and Hall of Famers.

One of the best Chicago Cubs in history is shortstop Ernie Banks. The first black player in Cubs history, Banks is revered by Cubs fans despite the two-time MVP never played in a postseason game. There's a statue of Banks outside of Wrigley Field honoring his contributions on and off the field. 

Many of the Cub players you'll see on this list are from the franchise's early years. Hack Wilson holds one of baseball's greatest records: RBIs in a single season. In 1930, Wilson drove in a mindboggling 191 runs along with bashing 56 home runs. Though Sammy Sosa later broke his record for home runs, Wilson's accomplishments land him on this list of the Greatest Chicago Cubs of All Time.

Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Greg Maddux are also on this list. If you see a Cubs great missing on this list, feel free to add him to this rosters. Vote and rerank the Cubs players who you think are the greatest in this storied franchise's history

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1,280 155
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ernie Banks First baseman, Shortstop

2
962 212
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ryne Sandberg Second baseman

3
721 206
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

4
633 156
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ferguson Jenkins Starting pitcher, Pitcher

5
797 200
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Greg Maddux Pitcher

6
683 199
Ron Santo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ron Santo Third baseman

7
679 168
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Andre Dawson Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

8
488 188
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

9
706 216
Anthony Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Anthony Rizzo First baseman

10
540 229
Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Mark Grace First baseman

11
699 397
Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Sammy Sosa Right fielder

12
744 158
Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kris Bryant

13
360 159
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Mordecai Brown Pitcher

14
373 183
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
349 152
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

16
379 112
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rogers Hornsby Manager, Second baseman

17
329 141
Rick Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rick Sutcliffe Starting pitcher, Pitcher

18
266 123
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Gabby Hartnett Catcher

19
273 120
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time

20
433 162
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
polish pickle added Kerry Wood Relief pitcher, Pitcher - pitcher

21
391 158
Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Jake Arrieta Pitcher

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266 118
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Cap Anson First baseman

23
320 164
Derrek Lee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Derrek Lee First baseman

24
268 182
Aramis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Aramis Ramírez Third baseman

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182 133
Rick Reuschel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rick Reuschel Pitcher

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227 110
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Frank Chance Manager, First baseman

27
228 45
Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Kris Bryant

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167 101
Stan Hack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Stan Hack Third baseman

29
183 81
Joe Tinker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
slaft added Joe Tinker Shortstop

30
176 88
Johnny Evers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Johnny Evers Second baseman

31
227 115
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ben Zobrist Right fielder

32
144 81
Phil Cavarretta is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Phil Cavarretta Manager, Outfielder, First baseman

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230 123
Shawon Dunston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Shawon Dunston Shortstop

34
207 152
Carlos Zambrano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Carlos Zambrano Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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191 117
Mark Prior is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Mark Prior Pitcher

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240 103
Bill Buckner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Bill Buckner First baseman

37
185 23
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Jon Lester Pitcher

38
190 102
Don Kessinger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Don Kessinger Shortstop

39
158 82
Hank Sauer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Hank Sauer Outfielder, Left fielder

40
149 86
Moisés Alou is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Moisés Alou Right fielder, Left fielder

41
228 162
Alfonso Soriano is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
carrieboyce added Alfonso Soriano Left fielder, Second baseman

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160 101
Ryan Dempster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
MikeKocher added Ryan Dempster Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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231 112
Kyle Schwarber is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Kyle Schwarber

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236 149
Addison Russell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Addison Russell

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172 26
Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time

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130 57
Jody Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Jody Davis Catcher

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130 84
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Kiki Cuyler Right fielder, Outfielder

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125 80
Billy Herman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Billy Herman Manager, Second baseman

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156 95
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Tom Derr added Dexter Fowler Center fielder

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152 76
Randy Hundley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Randy Hundley Catcher