The Cubs finally reversed their 71 year curse in 2016 when they finally won a World Series. However, Chicago has featured a bunch of great players between their drought including an iconic shortstop and one of the best player-managers the game has ever seen. However, they don’t come without some controversy in their lineup as one of their best power hitters may have even used performance enhancing drugs. Their righty heavy lineup is among the best in the game and features a great power hitting lineup that can easily get on base.
1. Cap Anson, 1B (R)
2. Ryne Sandberg, 2B (R)
3. Ernie Banks, SS (R)
4. Sammy Sosa, RF (R)
5. Billy Williams, LF (L)
6. Ron Santo, 3B (R)
7. Gabby Hartnett, C (R)
8. Hack Wilson, CF (R)
9. Fergie Jenkins, P (R)
Manager: Cap Anson
1922-40: 847 Runs, 231 HR, 1,153 RBI, 28 SB, .297 BA/.370 OBP/.490 SLG
Playing for 19 years in Chicago, Gabby Hartnett was the best catcher the Cubs ever had in their history. He didn’t have that much power but made up for it with his knack for knocking in runs at a high clip. Playing one of the toughest positions on the field, Hartnett was regarded as one of the best players at the position and in the league. He’ll perhaps go down as one of the more underrated catchers of all time as his defensive arm was among the best. He’ll slot in behind Chicago’s power hitters and looks to provide a reliable, clutch RBI machine.
Honorable Mentions: Frank Chance, Johnny Kling
1876-97: 1,722 Runs, 97 HR, 1,880 RBI, 247 SB, .331 BA/.396 OBP/.448 SLG
Spoiler alert, this won’t be the only time you see Cap Anson’s name on this list. The Hall of Famer was one of the best pure hitters of his generation and a great base stealer as well. Anson had tremendous on base skills and also served as a great run producer for several years. In his career with the Cubs, he led the league in hitting 4 times and in RBIs 8 times. He’ll also serve as the player-manager for this Chicago team; a similar role he played during his career. He’ll make a very effective hitter right at the top of the lineup who can get on base at a very high clip and steal fairly efficiently.
Honorable Mentions: Mark Grace, Anthony Rizzo
1982-97: 1,316 Runs, 282 HR, 1,061 RBI, 344 SB, .285 BA/.344 OBP/.452 SLG
After coming over from Philadelphia, Ryne Sandberg instantly became a star with the Cubs. While his rookie season did feature 32 steals and a .271 batting average, it wasn’t until Chicago moved him from third to second that truly made him blossom. He consistently had high marks in batting average and was a menace on the basepaths. The power numbers gradually rose as his career dawned though he did sacrifice some speed. Overall, Sandberg was one of the best hitters during his entire career and possessed either great power or speed numbers.
Honorable Mentions: Billy Herman, Johnny Evers
1953-71: 1,305 Runs, 512 HR, 1,636 RBI, 50 SB, .274 BA/.330 OBP/.500 SLG
Throughout his career, Ernie Banks was one of the best power hitters in the league. In fact, he currently ranks 23rd all time in the home run leaderboard. Mr. Cub was widely considered one of the best bats of the late 1950s when he averaged 44 home runs per season from 1957-1960. Defensively, he was a great fielder at both the shortstop and first base positions. On the All Time team, Banks will be a huge force in the middle of the lineup that opposing pitchers should have trouble pitching around.
Honorable Mentions: Joe Tinker, Bill Dahlen, Billy Jurges
1960-73: 1,109 Runs, 337 HR, 1,290 RBI, 35 SB, .279 BA/.366 OBP/.472 SLG
A lifelong Chicago player, Ron Santo would play 14 years for the Cubbies before finishing his career off with the White Sox. He would go on to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012 after staring as both a hitter and defender. Throughout his career, Santo would be named to ( All Star teams and win 5 straight Gold Gloves starting from 1964. During his prime, Santo was an incredible bat at the plate and consistently produced results for Chicago. He’ll be a major star in the middle of their lineup and one of their more consistent bats.
Honorable Mentions: Stan Hack, Ned Williamson
1959-74: 1,306 Runs, 392 HR, 1,353 RBI, 86 SB, .296 BA/.364 OBP/.503 SLG
During his rookie year, Billy Williams was already impressing the Cubs and the rest of the league when he won Rookie of the Year honors. He followed that up with 6 All Star selections during the rest of his career and a pair of second place finishes in MVP races. He was known as a great hitter in his time and was one of the best hitting bats in Chicago history. He’s the perfect lefty bat that should compliment the righty heavy order of the Cubs. He brings a valuable power bat but most importantly, better on base skills.
Honorable Mentions: Jimmy Ryan
1926-31: 652 Runs, 190 HR, 769 RBI, 34 SB, .322 BA/.412 OBP/.590 SLG
There’s two deserving candidates at the center field spot for the All Time Cubs team. First, Phil Cavarretta, the 1945 MVP, was a great hitter during his day and a run scoring machine. He consistently hit right around .290 over his career and very skilled at getting on base. However, the distinction goes to Hall of Famer, Hack Wilson, who’s brief stint with the Cubs is just too good to deny. He averaged over 100 runs and RBI per season with the club and was one of their all around best on base getters. While his stint was short, it’s hard to deny a Hall of Fame member a spot and hit hit batted ball profile only makes him more appealing.
Honorable Mentions: Phil Cavarretta, George Gore, Andy Pafko
1992-04: 1,245 Runs, 545 HR, 1,414 RBI, 181 SB, .284 BA/.358 OBP/.569 SLG
One of the best power hitters of his time along with Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa is the pick for the Cub’s All Time best right fielder. While he allegedly used performance enhancing drugs, he was one of their best power hitting bats of all time and will forever be remembered for his home run race against McGwire in 1998. For his career, Sosa did finish with 609 home runs, 545 of which were hit during his time with the Cubs. He’s definitely an amazing power bat that will be in the lineup though his pick obviously doesn’t come without some controversy.
Honorable Mentions: Bill Nicholson, Kiki Kuyler
1966-73, 1982-83: 167-132 Record, 3.20 ERA, 6.9 K/9, 2.0 BB/9
Originally drafted by the Phillies, Fergie Jenkins was a player who needed a change of scenery as joining the Cubs essentially turned his career around. He instantly became the most dominant pitchers in the game, winning at least 20 games for 6 straight years. He was a master at striking out opposing batters and would eventually win the CY Young Award in 1971. There’s no doubt Jenkins deserves the honors of being the Cubs’ start on the All Time team and he’ll make for a great one. The workhorse righty can go deep into games while also maintaining very great results.
Honorable Mentions: Rick Reuschel, Mordecai Brown, Charlie Root
While Joe Maddon did help the Cubs finally win a World Series after their historic drought, he’s not the manager for this team. Neither is Frank Chance who leads the club with the best career winning percentage. The choice is Cap Anson who also happened to be a player-manager at the time at the helm. He has the most wins in Cubs history at 1,242 victories and was a great player as well. Though he did have some off field troubles with gambling, rules during those times were obviously a lot different than they are today.
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