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The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time

Updated June 25, 2020 59.4k votes 6.1k voters 111.5k 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 Banks

    First baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

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    #6 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time#7 of 50 The Best Black Baseball Players Of All Time

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    Ryne Sandberg

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington, United States of America

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    #43 of 56 Athletes Who Won MVP Before Turning 25#31 of 32 The Most Impressive Home Run Derby Performances Of All Time

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    Billy Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceWhistler, Alabama

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    #106 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time#13 of 26 The Best Athletes Who Wore #26

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    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

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    Ferguson Jenkins

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceChatham-Kent, Canada

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    #39 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#117 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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    Ron Santo

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

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    #31 of 80 The Best Baseball Announcers of All Time#16 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time

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    Andre Dawson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

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    Anthony Rizzo

    First baseman

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

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    Hack Wilson

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceEllwood City, Pennsylvania

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    #4 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#11 of 30 Every MLB Player To Hit 50 Home Runs In A Season

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    Mark Grace

    First baseman

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

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

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    Rogers Hornsby

    Manager, Second baseman

    BirthplaceWinters, Texas, United States of America

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    #1144 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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    BirthplaceElba, Nebraska

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    #4 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time#8 of 111 The Best Philadelphia Phillies Of All Time

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    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

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    #7 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time#7 of 100 The Best Closers in Baseball History

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    Lee Smith

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceJamestown, Louisiana

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    BirthplaceNyesville, Indiana

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    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island

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    #16 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#16 of 60 The Best Chicago Cubs Managers of All Time

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    Sammy Sosa

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

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    #1921 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#72 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

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    Cap Anson

    First baseman

    BirthplaceMarshalltown, Iowa

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    #305 of 325 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#10 of 36 The Best San Francisco Giants Managers of All Time

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    Kerry Wood

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceIrving, Texas

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    Rick Sutcliffe

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceIndependence, Missouri

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    Javier Báez

    Shortstop, Second baseman

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

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    #293 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#6 of 65 The Most Likable Active MLB Players

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    BirthplaceFarmington, Missouri

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    #28 of 32 The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History#21 of 48 Every Athlete On The Scott Boras Client List, Ranked

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    Frank Chance

    Manager, First baseman

    BirthplaceSalida, California

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    #47 of 48 The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time#24 of 72 Famous People Buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery

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    Kyle Hendricks

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    Kris Bryant