As a Chicago sports fan, I have had the pleasure of watching some amazing athletes play in the Windy City. I may not have been around to watch everyone on this list in person, but their greatness is recognized through stats and highlights. Taking all players into consideration, I have put together a list of my Top 10 Chicago Professional Athletes of All Time.
I kept this list to players who played the majority of their careers in Chicago (so players like Greg Maddux, Lou Brock, or Phil Esposito wouldn’t qualify) and played in the modern era (which eliminates Mordecai Brown, Red Grange, and Ted Lyons among others).
Ideally, this article will generate plenty of comments and spark a lot of great discussion and debate. There are several players who just missed the cut.
The honorable mentions include: Sammy Sosa (mostly because of his speculated steroid use, even though he has never officially tested positive), Bobby Hull, Nellie Fox, Johnny “Red” Kerr and Brian Urlacher.
Now on to the Top 10...