The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time

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This is a list of the greatest Chicago Cubs ever, whether top Cubs pitchers or top hitters. 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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  • Ernie Banks
    First baseman, Shortstop
    2,796 votes
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Dallas

    Ernie Banks, affectionately known as "Mr. Cub," was the epitome of a Chicago Cub and, without question, one of the finest to ever don the blue and white pinstripes. Best remembered for his ability to smash home runs while maintaining an exceptional level of fielding prowess at shortstop and first base, this Midwestern marvel's unyielding dedication and infectious enthusiasm for the game defined what it meant to play for the Chicago Cubs. Though his career may have come before the era of World Series glory, Banks' impact on the franchise and the sport itself is etched in history, as fans and players alike continue to honor and follow in his legendary footsteps.

  • Ryne Sandberg
    Second baseman
    2,423 votes
    • Birthplace: Spokane, USA, Washington

    Arguably the premier second baseman of his generation, Ryne Sandberg personified the essence of Chicago Cubs baseball through his stellar play on the field and his unwavering commitment to the team. Renowned for his combination of power-hitting and slick fielding, "Ryno" consistently enhanced the Cubs' chances of victory by way of his deft navigation of opportunities both at the plate and in the field. While his playing days may be long gone, Sandberg's indelible mark on the franchise has firmly solidified his status as one of the all-time greats to grace the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

  • Ferguson Jenkins
    Starting pitcher, Pitcher
    1,689 votes
    • Birthplace: Chatham-Kent, Canada

    Ferguson Jenkins, one of the most dominant pitchers to ever toe the rubber at Wrigley Field, was a force to be reckoned with on the mound for the better part of a decade. With an arsenal of pitches that left many a hitter befuddled, Jenkins carved out a Hall of Fame career by way of his precision, perseverance, and unrelenting pursuit of success. As a paramount figure in Cubs lore, Fergie's impact on the game reverberates through time, serving as a shining example of the true greatness attainable within America's pastime.

  • Billy Williams
    Outfielder, Left fielder
    1,872 votes
    • Birthplace: Whistler, Alabama

    Billy Williams, the Cubs' sweet-swinging left fielder, played with an unmatched sense of grace and style that elevated his game to the highest of levels. Throughout his distinguished career, Williams demonstrated an uncanny ability to consistently hit for both power and average – a potent combination that struck fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers. As one of the most beloved players in Chicago Cubs history, his legacy will forever be remembered as a beacon of excellence within the storied annals of the organization.

  • Greg Maddux
    2,039 votes
    • Birthplace: San Angelo, Texas, USA

    The epitome of a master craftsman on the mound, Greg Maddux boasted a cerebral approach to pitching that confounded opposing batters and allowed him to excel at the highest level. Though often lauded for his pinpoint control and ability to change speeds, it was his uncanny knack for outsmarting hitters that truly set "Mad Dog" apart from his peers. Having spent the better part of his illustrious career with the Cubs, Maddux's contributions to both the franchise and the sport as a whole are immense and will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

  • Ron Santo
    Third baseman
    1,828 votes
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

    Few players have ever embodied the spirit and passion of Chicago Cubs baseball quite like Ron Santo, the team's heart and soul throughout the tumultuous 1960s and '70s. Best known for his slick fielding at the hot corner and his clutch hitting in key moments, Santo's larger-than-life personality endeared him to fans and teammates alike, creating a legacy that has spanned generations. Though he's no longer with us, his indomitable spirit and unwavering love for the game live on in the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere.