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The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time  

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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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Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
First baseman, Shortstop
2
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Second baseman
3
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder
4
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
5
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Pitcher
6
Ron Santo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Third baseman
7
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder
8
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
9
Anthony Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added First baseman
10
Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
First baseman
11
Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kris Bryant
12
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Pitcher
13
Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Right fielder
14
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
15
Rick Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
16
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Pitcher
17
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Manager, Second baseman
18
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
19
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
polish pickle added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
pitcher
20
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Catcher
21
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
First baseman
22
Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Pitcher
23
Derrek Lee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
First baseman
24
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Manager, First baseman
25
Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Second baseman