The Chicago Cubs are one of the oldest and most storied franchises in Major League Baseball. Over the years, they have had some truly exceptional players who have helped lead the team to success. Here are the top 10 best players in Chicago Cubs history:
Ernie Banks: Banks is the most iconic player in Cubs history, known affectionately as "Mr. Cub." He played his entire career with the team from 1953 to 1971, earning two National League MVP awards and 14 All-Star nods. He hit 512 home runs and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Ron Santo: Santo was a cornerstone of the Cubs lineup for over a decade, playing third base for the team from 1960 to 1973. He was named to nine All-Star teams and won five Gold Glove Awards. He finished his career with 342 home runs and was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
Ryne Sandberg: Sandberg was a six-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner during his time with the Cubs. He played second base for the team from 1982 to 1994, earning two National League MVP awards and hitting 282 home runs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Billy Williams: Williams played left field for the Cubs from 1959 to 1974, earning six All-Star nods and the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1961. He hit 426 home runs during his career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.
Fergie Jenkins: Jenkins was the Cubs' ace pitcher for much of the 1960s and 1970s. He won the National League Cy Young award in 1971 and was named to three All-Star teams during his time with the Cubs. He finished his career with 3,192 strikeouts and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
Sammy Sosa: Sosa was one of the most exciting players in baseball during his time with the Cubs. He hit 545 home runs and was named to seven All-Star teams while playing for the team from 1992 to 2004. He won the National League MVP award in 1998 and 1999.
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown: Brown was a legendary pitcher for the Cubs during the early 1900s, winning 239 games during his career. He was known for his unique grip on the ball, which resulted in a deformed finger that gave him greater movement on his pitches. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949.
Gabby Hartnett: Hartnett was a catcher for the Cubs from 1922 to 1940, earning six All-Star nods and hitting 236 home runs during his career. He is best known for hitting a dramatic "Homer in the Gloamin'" in 1938 to clinch the National League pennant for the Cubs.
Greg Maddux: Maddux was a dominant pitcher for the Cubs during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He won the National League Cy Young award in 1992 and 1993 and was named to three All-Star teams during his time with the team. He finished his career with 355 wins and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
Hack Wilson: Wilson played for the Cubs from 1926 to 1931, hitting 191 home runs during his time with the team. He set a major league record with 191 RBIs in 1930, a mark that still stands today.
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