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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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1,171 145
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ernie Banks First baseman, Shortstop

2
878 200
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ryne Sandberg Second baseman

3
726 180
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Greg Maddux Pitcher

4
652 193
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

5
568 144
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ferguson Jenkins Starting pitcher, Pitcher

6
624 183
Ron Santo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ron Santo Third baseman

7
616 149
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Andre Dawson Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

8
436 174
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

9
488 209
Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Mark Grace First baseman

10
622 194
Anthony Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Anthony Rizzo First baseman

11
626 369
Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Sammy Sosa Right fielder

12
667 141
Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kris Bryant

13
336 165
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
319 151
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Mordecai Brown Pitcher

The Best Celebrity Reactions to the Cubs Winning the World Series

15
309 139
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

16
333 104
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rogers Hornsby Manager, Second baseman

17
292 131
Rick Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rick Sutcliffe Starting pitcher, Pitcher

18
236 119
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Gabby Hartnett Catcher

19
244 114
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time

20
390 154
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
polish pickle added Kerry Wood Relief pitcher, Pitcher - pitcher

21
347 148
Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Jake Arrieta Pitcher

The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time

22
236 114
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Cap Anson First baseman

23
294 150
Derrek Lee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Derrek Lee First baseman

24
243 170
Aramis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Aramis Ramírez Third baseman

25
164 123
Rick Reuschel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Rick Reuschel Pitcher

26
204 104
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Frank Chance Manager, First baseman

27
189 33
Kris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Kris Bryant

28
148 97
Stan Hack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Stan Hack Third baseman

14 Things That Have Been Invented Since the Cubs Last Won the World Series

29
160 75
Joe Tinker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
slaft added Joe Tinker Shortstop

30
156 83
Johnny Evers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Johnny Evers Second baseman

31
130 75
Phil Cavarretta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Phil Cavarretta Manager, Outfielder, First baseman

32
169 103
Mark Prior is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Mark Prior Pitcher

33
186 139
Carlos Zambrano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Carlos Zambrano Starting pitcher, Pitcher

34
194 104
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Ben Zobrist Right fielder

35
220 98
Bill Buckner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Bill Buckner First baseman

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

36
203 117
Shawon Dunston is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Shawon Dunston Shortstop

37
145 77
Hank Sauer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Hank Sauer Outfielder, Left fielder

38
171 94
Don Kessinger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Don Kessinger Shortstop

39
223 136
Addison Russell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Addison Russell

40
133 81
Moisés Alou is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Moisés Alou Right fielder, Left fielder

41
148 94
Ryan Dempster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
MikeKocher added Ryan Dempster Starting pitcher, Pitcher

42
210 102
Kyle Schwarber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Kyle Schwarber

Amber Heard Loves and Hookups

43
208 154
Alfonso Soriano is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
carrieboyce added Alfonso Soriano Left fielder, Second baseman

44
149 20
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Jon Lester Pitcher

45
114 51
Jody Davis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
CMCSS03 added Jody Davis Catcher

46
118 79
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Kiki Cuyler Right fielder, Outfielder

47
113 73
Billy Herman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Billy Herman Manager, Second baseman

48
141 86
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Tom Derr added Dexter Fowler Center fielder

49
502 360
Kosuke Fukudome is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Aidan7158 added Kosuke Fukudome Right fielder, Outfielder

50
138 67
Randy Hundley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
Randy Hundley Catcher