Ranking the top 25 Chicago Cubs players of all-time is a tall task, considering the franchise dates back more than 140 years. The Cubs have not been one of the most successful franchises in baseball history, but there have been some great players that have worn the Cubbie blue.
Some of these Cubs legends played well before television was invented, but the numbers still speak for themselves. Others helped the Cubs break the longest curse in professional sports history, earning them a permanent space in Cubs lore.
Each day I will break down five of the best to ever put on the Cubs uniform, and give my biased opinion on why they are ranked in that spot. This wasn’t easy, and leaving off some of my favorite current players was not an easy decision to make, but it simply had to be done.
And without further ado, here are the greatest players in Chicago Cubs history (Numbers 15-11):
15 Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo is the unofficial “Captain” of the current Chicago Cubs, and he played a key role in getting this franchise turned around. Rizzo is one of the best defensive players in the league and has been a consistent slugger in the middle of the Cubs lineup.
Kris Bryant might have won an MVP Award, and Javy Baez is extremely popular, but Rizzo is clearly the heart and soul of the current Cubs team. Rizzo has blasted 228 home runs and driven in 744 runs during his nine seasons in Chicago.
Rizzo was also the player that caught the final out that shattered a 108-year championship drought. There have been other players post better numbers, but Rizzo is a Chicago Cubs legend.
14 Phil Cavarretta
Phil Cavarretta made his debut with the Cubs at just 17 years of age, and went on to star with the team for two decades. Cavarretta won MVP of the National League in 1945, the last time the Cubs had won the pennant since 2016.
Cavarretta was an All Star four different times during his 20 year Cubs career, and was known for his speed and his terrific defense. His 1,927 hits ranks 10th all-time in Cubs history, but he played during an era when offenses were not putting up a ton of runs.
His 1,953 games played with the Cubs is the sixth-most in team history. Cavarretta is another player that emerged before most our of time, but he is one of the best in franchise history.
13 Stan Hack
Hack was a teammate of Cavarretta’s during the 30’s and 40’s, but he was a much better offensive performer. Hack never won an MVP Award during his career, but he is one of the best Cubs’ hitters of all-time.
During his 16-year Cubs career, Hack posted a batting average of .301 and collected 2,193 hits. He is sixth all-time for number of hits, and also ranks in the top ten in runs, doubles, triples, total bases, and at-bats.
Another player that would have looked great at the top of the Cubs order in 2020, Hack made the most of his career, which was entirely spent with the Cubs.
12 Mordecai Brown
Mordecai “Three Finger Brown” began his Cubs career in 1904 and spent 10 season on the North Side during his illustrious career. Some of the numbers are eye-popping when looking at Brown’s career stats, but there is no video evidence to show his dominance.
Brown posted a 188-86 record as a member of the Cubs, and sported a 1.80 earned run average. The game was played a lot differently during his time, but ole “Three Finger” was one of the earliest legends in the game.
The Cubs won a pair of World Series titles in 1907 and 1908 with Brown leading the way. More than 100 years later, he is still regarded as one of the best to ever wear a Cubs uniform.
11 Hack Wilson
Hall of Fame outfielder, Hack Wilson spent just six years with the Chicago Cubs, but put up some monster numbers during that time. Wilson finished in the top-12 in MVP voting four straight seasons from 1926-1929.
Most baseball fans have heard all about the 1927 New York Yankees, but Wilson was doing his own slugging in the Windy City. In 1930, Wilson led the league with 56 homes runs and 191 runs batted in.
During his first give seasons with the Cubs, Wilson averaged 35 home runs and 141 runs batted in. He was one of the most feared hitters of his time, and is often overlooked by baseball historians.
Hack Wilson had ridiculous power, and it’s too bad that those numbers were largely wasted on bad teams. The slugger sits just outside of the top-10 on this list, but he is one of the best to ever play for the Cubs.