The Chicago Cubs have had some amazing ball players in their long and illustrious history. Players like; Hack Wilson, Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, and Greg Maddux have worn the Cubbie Blue with pride.
But who should we include on the all-time Cubs team?
Do we put Sammy Sosa in the outfield or Billy Williams? How about both? What about third? Santo or Ramirez?
Lets take a look at my list.
Frank Chance without a doubt makes it as the manager. He was the last Cubs manager to win a world series. On top of that, Chance's winning percentage was .663.
When you're manager's last name is Chance, I like the chances of winning.
Gabby Hartnett is my choice at catcher. Hartnett played for the Cubs from 1922-1940. During his time with the Cubs, he played in 1,926 games and compiled a career average of .297 with 231 home runs.
Hartnett's career fielding percentage at catcher was .984. He also won the 1935 MVP.
Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks is an absolute certainty in my mind. Banks was a .274 hitter with 512 home runs. He won the 1958 and 1959 MVP. His fielding percentage was an amazing .994 at first base. He started over 1,200 games at first for the Cubs.
Ryne "Ryno" Sandberg is said to be one of the best Cubs players ever. The shoo-in hall of famer was a great second basemen.
Sandberg hit .285 with 282 home runs and 403 doubles. Sandberg swiped 344 bases.
Sandberg's fielding percentage was .989. He won one MVP, nine gold gloves, and seven silver sluggers.
Not even a question. Ron Santo is the best third basemen to ever wear the Cubbie Blue. Santo should be a hall of famer.
Santo hit .279 with 337 home runs. His OBP was .362.
Santo won five gold gloves and was first in OBP twice in his career.
Shawon Dunston gave it his all on the field. Dunston was a career .270 hitter for the Cubs. He swiped 186 bases and hit over 200 doubles for the Cubs. His career fielding percentage was .967. Dunston also made two All—Star games.
Billy Williams is another shoo-in for me. Williams hit .296 with 392 home runs and an OBP of .364.
Williams won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1961. He also made six All—Star teams and won a batting title in 1972.
Hack Wilson was a little man. He only stood at 5'6'', playing center field for the Cubs for six years. Hack hit .322 with 190 home runs and over 1000 hits. His career fielding percentage was .965.
Do I even have to explain why?
Sosa, while playing for the Cubs, had a career average of .284 with 545 home runs. His slugging percentage was a staggering .569.
Sosa made seven All—Star teams, won the 1998 MVP, won six silver sluggers, and finished first in games played three times.
If you don't know Cubs history, this one may be a surprise to you. Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown is my pick. He compiled a 188-86 record for the Cubs. His career ERA with the north siders was an insane 1.80.
He had 206 career complete games and 48 shutouts in only 10 years with the Cubs! He struck out 1,043 people. Brown finished first in wins and earned runs each once in his career.
This one isn't even hard. Once the all time leader in saves, Lee Smith gets my vote. While playing for the Cubs, Smith had 180 saves with a 2.92 ERA in eight years. Smith made seven All—Star teams and won three "Rolaids Relief Man" Awards.