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The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time

Updated June 25, 2020 58.9k votes 6.0k voters 110.5k views150 items

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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

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    #87 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#6 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

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    1,781
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    Ryne Sandberg

    Second baseman

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    #44 of 56 Athletes Who Won MVP Before Turning 25#31 of 32 The Most Impressive Home Run Derby Performances Of All Time

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    1,156
    287

    Ferguson Jenkins

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #117 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#73 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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    363

    More Greg Maddux 

    #20 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #2 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time

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    Billy Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

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    #71 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time#109 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time

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    Ron Santo

    Third baseman

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    #16 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#33 of 80 The Best Baseball Announcers of All Time

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    1,212
    313

    Andre Dawson

    Right fielder, Outfielder
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    1,463
    447

    Anthony Rizzo

    First baseman
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    857
    308

    Hack Wilson

    Outfielder, Center fielder

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    #5 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#13 of 30 Every MLB Player To Hit 50 Home Runs In A Season

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    661
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    More Bruce Sutter 

    #7 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time#7 of 100 The Best Closers in Baseball History

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    Rogers Hornsby

    Manager, Second baseman

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    #1241 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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    521
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    More Gabby Hartnett 

    #16 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#16 of 60 The Best Chicago Cubs Managers of All Time

  • 13

    More Grover Cleveland Alexander 

    #8 of 111 The Best Philadelphia Phillies Of All Time#13 of 51 The Best Pitchers In Chicago Cubs History

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    258

    Lee Smith

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher
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    637
    255
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    991
    431

    Mark Grace

    First baseman

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    #346 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#18 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

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    Sammy Sosa

    Right fielder

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    #1890 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#70 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

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    216

    Cap Anson

    First baseman

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    #310 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#6 of 36 The Best San Francisco Giants Managers of All Time

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    593
    235

    Rick Sutcliffe

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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    818
    258

    Kerry Wood

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher
    pitcher
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    888
    88

    Javier Báez

    Shortstop, Second baseman
  • 22
    666
    319

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    #121 of 196 The Top Current Baseball Players#150 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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    395
    171

    Frank Chance

    Manager, First baseman

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    #13 of 48 The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time#24 of 72 Famous People Buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery

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    Kyle Hendricks

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    Kris Bryant