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The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time 

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List Rules Please only rank the players based on their time with the Cubs

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
First baseman, Shortstop

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

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

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

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Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
Pitcher

Birthplace: San Angelo, Texas, United States of America

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Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

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Ron Santo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Anthony Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
Right fielder

Birthplace: San Pedro de MacorĂ­s, Dominican Republic

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Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

Birthplace: Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

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Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
Manager, Second baseman

Birthplace: Winters, Texas, United States of America

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Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Jamestown, Louisiana

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Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Birthplace: Farmington, Missouri, United States of America

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Grover Cleveland Alexand... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Rick Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Birthplace: Irving, Texas

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Derrek Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
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Bill Buckner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time
First baseman

Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America

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