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The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time

Updated June 25, 2020 61.9k votes 5.9k voters 107.8k 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 Banks1
    2,371
    260

    Ernie Banks

    First baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

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  • Ryne Sandberg2
    1,865
    404

    Ryne Sandberg

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington, United States of America

  • Greg Maddux3
    1,513
    385

    BirthplaceSan Angelo, Texas, United States of America

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    #20 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #390 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Billy Williams4
    1,383
    358

    Billy Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceWhistler, Alabama

  • Ferguson Jenkins5
    1,212
    311

    Ferguson Jenkins

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceChatham-Kent, Canada

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    #121 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#65 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Ron Santo6
    1,272
    346

    Ron Santo

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

  • Andre Dawson7
    1,265
    337

    Andre Dawson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

  • Anthony Rizzo8
    1,543
    468

    Anthony Rizzo

    First baseman

    BirthplaceParkland, Florida

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    #301 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#163 of 172 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever

  • Hack Wilson9
    896
    331

    Hack Wilson

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceEllwood City, Pennsylvania

  • Bruce Sutter10
    682
    269

    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

  • Rogers Hornsby11
    754
    205

    Rogers Hornsby

    Manager, Second baseman

    BirthplaceWinters, Texas, United States of America

  • Mark Grace12
    1,038
    455

    Mark Grace

    First baseman

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

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    #16 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#9 of 55 The Greatest Arizona Diamondbacks of All Time

  • Lee Smith13
    744
    276

    Lee Smith

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceJamestown, Louisiana

  • Grover Cleveland Alexander14

    BirthplaceElba, Nebraska

  • Mordecai Brown15
    661
    278

    BirthplaceNyesville, Indiana

  • Gabby Hartnett16
    533
    210

    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island

  • Sammy Sosa17
    1,429
    708

    Sammy Sosa

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

  • Rick Sutcliffe18
    621
    247

    Rick Sutcliffe

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceIndependence, Missouri

  • Cap Anson19
    512
    228

    Cap Anson

    First baseman

    BirthplaceMarshalltown, Iowa

  • Kerry Wood20
    864
    275

    Kerry Wood

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceIrving, Texas

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  • Javier Báez21
    908
    84

    Javier Báez

    Shortstop, Second baseman

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

  • Jon Lester22
    565
    104

    Jon Lester

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

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    #36 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#93 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

  • 23
    382
    54

    Kyle Hendricks

  • Jake Arrieta24
    703
    336

    BirthplaceFarmington, Missouri, United States of America

  • Bill Madlock25
    203
    45

    Bill Madlock

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee