Continuing on my trip through Cubs history, next up in my rankings was shortstop.
With defense being so important at this position, these rankings were difficult, but there was definitely a consensus No. 1.
While the rankings are somewhat subjective, as they always are, I looked closely at each player's 162-game average during his tenure with the Cubs, as well as whether he was a part of any Cubs playoff teams.
I hope you enjoy this and follow the series as it continues. As always, I look forward to your input.
Cubs Career Totals: .284 BA, 21 HR, 122 RBI
162-Game Average: .284 BA, 13 HR, 73 RBI
Although his Cubs career was brief, Gutierrez was a rock-solid player in the field and at the plate.
His two seasons with the Cubs were by far the best of his career, although Cubs fans may remember him best as the man that got the infield single during Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game to prevent the no-hitter.
Other Shortstops Receiving Consideration
Ivan DeJesus: 1977-1981
Rey Sanchez: 1991-1997
Charlie Hollocher: 1918-1924
Cubs Career Totals: .254 BA, 20 HR, 390 RBI
162-Game Average: .254 BA, 3 HR, 59 RBI
All-Star Appearances: 1
Jurges was a defensive specialist and the anchor of an impressive Cubs infield that included Phil Cavarretta, Billy Herman, and Stan Hack.
He had his best offensive season in 1937 with a line of .298 BA, one HR, 65 RBI, and 10 triples. He was rewarded with his first All-Star appearance that season.
Cubs Career Totals: .288 BA, 12 HR, 117 RBI, 70 SB
162-Game Average: .288 BA, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 28 SB
Theriot is a good mix of contact hitting and speed, making him an ideal No. 2 hitter.
He is more of a second baseman as far as his arm strength and range go, but he is still an adequate shortstop.
Cubs Career Totals: .291 BA, 31 HR, 373 RBI
162-Game Average: .291 BA, 5 HR, 55 RBI
All-Star Appearances: 1
A very good hitter throughout his Cubs tenure, English had a career year in 1930.
With a line of .335 BA, 14 HR, and 59 RBI, he set career highs across the board and established himself as one of the best offensive shortstops of his time.
Cubs Career Totals: .264 BA, 39 HR, 679 RBI
162-Game Average: .264 BA, 5 HR, 89 RBI
Also the Cubs manager in 1898 and 1899, Burns was a great run producer at a position where run production took second fiddle to defense.
I will not claim to know much about his career, but his numbers earn him a spot on this list.
Cubs Career Totals: .267 BA, 107 HR, 489 RBI, 175 SB
162-Game Average: .267 BA, 14 HR, 63 RBI, 23 SB
All-Star Appearances: 2
While he did not quite live up to the hype that made him the No. 1 overall selection in the 1982 draft, largely due to injuries, Dunston was still a good shortstop.
The fact that he played in a total of 25 games combined in 1992 and 1993, two of the prime years of his career, hurt his career numbers.
However, he still managed double-digit HRs six times and double-digit steals eight times.
Cubs Career Totals: .259 BA, 28 HR, 670 RBI, 304 SB
162-Game Average: .259 BA, 3 HR, 71 RBI, 32 SB
Hall of Fame
A key cog for the 1907 and 1908 teams, Tinker was a great hitting shortstop for his time and a solid defender as well.
He finished fourth in the MVP voting in 1914, as he hit .282 and drove in 75 runs despite not hitting a home run.
Cubs Career Totals: .255 BA, 11 HR, 431 RBI, 92 SB
162-Game Average: .255 BA, 1 HR, 42 RBI, 9 SB
All-Star Appearances: 6 (four starts)
Gold Gloves: 2
While he was not the best hitter, Kessinger was one of the top defensive shortstops of his era, and he was recognized with six trips to the All-Star game.
His best offensive season came in 1969 as he hit .273 with four HR and 53 RBI—good for career highs in home runs and RBI.
Cubs Career Totals: .299 BA, 57 HR, 560 RBI, 285 SB
162-Game Average: .299 BA, 9 HR, 92 RBI, 47 SB
A solid case can be made that Dahlen deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame, with career numbers of .272 BA, 84 HR, and 1,233 RBI to go along with 2,457 hits and 547 steals—all during the dead-ball era.
Dahlen had the best season of his impressive career in 1894, hitting .357 with 15 HR, 107 RBI, and stealing 42 bases.
Cubs Career Totals: .274 BA, 512 HR, 1636 RBI
162-Game Average: .274 BA, 33 HR, 105 RBI
All-Star Appearances: 14 (six starts)
Gold Gloves: 1
30+ HR Seasons: 7
100+ RBI Seasons: 8
1958 NL MVP
1959 NL MVP
Even though he played more games at first base during his career, Banks was in his prime as a shortstop.
Mr. Cub revolutionized the position, putting up incredible power numbers but not sacrificing defense in the process.
Banks hit 40-plus home runs five times, including four in a row from 1957-1960, winning a pair of MVP awards in the process.
He truly enjoyed playing the game and will forever be one of the greats.