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The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time

Updated June 25, 2020 60.9k votes 5.9k voters 107.1k 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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  • 1
    Ernie Banks
    2,346
    256

    Ernie Banks

    First baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

  • 2
    Ryne Sandberg
    1,840
    401

    Ryne Sandberg

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington, United States of America

  • 3
    Billy Williams
    1,361
    355

    Billy Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceWhistler, Alabama

  • 4
    Greg Maddux
    1,490
    382

    BirthplaceSan Angelo, Texas, United States of America

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

  • 5
    Ferguson Jenkins
    1,190
    308

    Ferguson Jenkins

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceChatham-Kent, Canada

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

  • 6
    Andre Dawson
    1,245
    332

    Andre Dawson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

  • 7
    Ron Santo
    1,250
    344

    Ron Santo

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

  • 8
    Anthony Rizzo
    1,526
    459

    Anthony Rizzo

    First baseman

    BirthplaceParkland, Florida

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

  • 9
    Hack Wilson
    880
    326

    Hack Wilson

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceEllwood City, Pennsylvania

  • 10
    Mark Grace
    1,027
    449

    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

  • 11
    Bruce Sutter
    670
    264

    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

  • 12
    Rogers Hornsby
    737
    204

    Rogers Hornsby

    Manager, Second baseman

    BirthplaceWinters, Texas, United States of America

  • 13
    Lee Smith
    725
    273

    Lee Smith

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceJamestown, Louisiana

  • 14
    Grover Cleveland Alexander

    BirthplaceElba, Nebraska

  • 15
    Gabby Hartnett
    519
    209

    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island

  • 16
    Mordecai Brown
    641
    276

    BirthplaceNyesville, Indiana

  • 17
    Sammy Sosa
    1,412
    694

    Sammy Sosa

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

  • 18
    Rick Sutcliffe
    610
    245

    Rick Sutcliffe

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceIndependence, Missouri

  • 19
    Cap Anson
    505
    223

    Cap Anson

    First baseman

    BirthplaceMarshalltown, Iowa

  • 20
    Kerry Wood
    848
    272

    Kerry Wood

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceIrving, Texas

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  • 21
    Jon Lester
    551
    99

    Jon Lester

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

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    #36 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#95 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

  • 22
    Javier Báez
    896
    81

    Javier Báez

    Shortstop, Second baseman

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

  • 23
    Jake Arrieta
    693
    330

    BirthplaceFarmington, Missouri, United States of America

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    #118 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players#21 of 34 The Most Overpaid Professional Athletes Right Now

  • 24
    Bill Buckner
    451
    174

    Bill Buckner

    First baseman

    BirthplaceVallejo, California, United States of America

  • 25
    372
    53

    Kyle Hendricks