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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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1,275 154
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ernie Banks First baseman, Shortstop

2
959 211
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ryne Sandberg Second baseman

3
719 206
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

4
631 154
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ferguson Jenkins Starting pitcher, Pitcher

5
793 200
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Greg Maddux Pitcher

6
681 199
Ron Santo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ron Santo Third baseman

7
677 167
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
487 187
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

9
540 228
Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Mark Grace First baseman

10
702 216
Anthony Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Anthony Rizzo First baseman

11
699 396
Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Sammy Sosa Right fielder

12
739 158
Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kris Bryant

13
360 158
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Mordecai Brown Pitcher

14
372 183
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
347 152
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

16
378 111
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rogers Hornsby Manager, Second baseman

17
328 141
Rick Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rick Sutcliffe Starting pitcher, Pitcher

18
266 122
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Gabby Hartnett Catcher

19
273 119
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time

20
431 162
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
389 158
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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265 118
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Cap Anson First baseman

23
319 163
Derrek Lee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Derrek Lee First baseman

24
268 180
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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181 133
Rick Reuschel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rick Reuschel Pitcher

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226 109
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Frank Chance Manager, First baseman

27
167 100
Stan Hack is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Stan Hack Third baseman

28
225 45
Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Kris Bryant

29
183 80
Joe Tinker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
slaft added Joe Tinker Shortstop

30
176 87
Johnny Evers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Johnny Evers Second baseman

31
143 80
Phil Cavarretta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Phil Cavarretta Manager, Outfielder, First baseman

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224 115
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ben Zobrist Right fielder

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228 123
Shawon Dunston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Shawon Dunston Shortstop

34
207 151
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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191 116
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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240 102
Bill Buckner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Bill Buckner First baseman

37
190 101
Don Kessinger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Don Kessinger Shortstop

38
158 81
Hank Sauer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Hank Sauer Outfielder, Left fielder

39
183 23
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Jon Lester Pitcher

40
148 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
227 162
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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159 101
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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228 112
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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234 149
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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129 57
Jody Davis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Jody Davis Catcher

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129 83
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Kiki Cuyler Right fielder, Outfielder

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166 26
Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time

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125 79
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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155 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