The Top 100 Cubs Of All Time: Revisited

Four years ago, I ranked who I felt at the time were the top 100 Cubs of all time. I vetted the list through Ed Hartig, a knowledgeable baseball historian who the Cubs often cite on baseball history, and my friend and BCB cartoonist Mike Bojanowski, who is also knowledgeable about baseball and Cubs history.

Looking at that list, it occurred to me that several current Cubs could either move up the list, or be included when they weren't in 2006. There was quite a bit of controversy about some of my selections -- and that was kind of the point, too, to generate some discussion about Cubs history.

I've re-numbered the list, as you can see on the left sidebar. In doing so I decided in part, at least, to use a statistical measure that many think is a good way to rate players -- WAR. I made a list of the top 100 Cubs all-time by WAR. After the jump, the complete list. Also in the table is the player's original BCB Top 100 ranking, so you can see how we did in that earlier list. WAR totals listed are, for active players, through the 2010 season.

Remember that statistics weren't, and aren't, the only reason for rating a player. His contributions to Cubs postseason teams and my subjective idea of his popularity were also factors. Also, players were only considered for their time spent with the Cubs, not their entire major league careers (which is why players like Greg Maddux are ranked lower than they might otherwise be).

I dropped six players from the list: Manny Trillo, Jerry Morales, Ivan DeJesus, George Altman, Walt "Moose" Moryn and Jimmy Archer. None of those appear in the top 100 WAR list; they will be replaced by six other players, whose bios will appear here during the offseason. When? I have no idea. I haven't written them yet. And no, I'm not revealing who they are yet -- their positions on the list are noted on the updated list on the left sidebar. Also, at some point I'll update the bios of the four active players on the original list -- Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood, Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee. The six removed players' bios are still accessible on the site in the Top 100 Cubs section and by site search. The titles of those posts will reflect the fact that the player was on the list, but has since been removed. Also, players whose position on the list has changed will have the post title changed to reflect the new position on the list. Since most of the names are already known, I've re-numbered the list to go from No. 1 to No. 100 instead of the other way, as it has appeared here since the list began.

One more thing, and I'll reveal one detail about the table you'll see here. There was a firestorm of criticism when I put Rick Wilkins on the list at No. 99 -- mainly on the strength of his one 30-homer season in 1993, which is one of only two such years by a Cub catcher in history (Gabby Hartnett had the other one, 37 HR in 1930).

Guess where Wilkins ranks all-time in Cub WAR? That's right -- 99th.

Cub WAR Rank Cub Player Name Career Cub WAR BCB 2006 Top 100 Rank
1 Cap Anson 89.1 2
2 Ron Santo 68.5 7
3 Ernie Banks 64.4 1
4 Ryne Sandberg 62.1 4
5 Sammy Sosa 60.0 3
6 Billy Williams 58.2 5
7 Stan Hack 54.8 12
8 Fergie Jenkins 53.5 9
9 Frank Chance 49.4 15
10 Gabby Hartnett 49.3 6
11 Rick Reuschel 46.8 31
12 Mordecai Brown 45.7 8
13 Mark Grace 44.9 16
14 Joe Tinker 42.3 27
15 Johnny Evers 40.1 32
16 Billy Herman 39.2 10
17 Jimmy Ryan 38.7 13
18 Charlie Root 38.6 14
19 Bill Dahlen 38.3 19
20 Ned Williamson 38.2 72
21 Bill Hutchinson 37.5 --
22 Clark Griffith 36.9 49
23 John Clarkson 36.8 20
24 Bill Nicholson 36.4 52
25 Pete Alexander 35.9 24
26 George Gore 33.9 48
27 Bob Rush 33.5 94
28 Hippo Vaughn 33.4 25
29 Phil Cavarretta 32.8 11
30 Greg Maddux 31.1 18
31 Hack Wilson 31.3 22
32 Carlos Zambrano 31.1 59
33 Larry Corcoran 30.2 39
34 Ed Reulbach 29.5 17
35 Bill Hands 28.8 81
36 King Kelly 28.5 41
37 Claude Passeau 28.1 37
38 Lon Warneke 27.9 50
39 Kiki Cuyler 26.9 21
40 Bill Lee 26.2 45
41 Wildfire Schulte 25.7 33
42 Woody English 25.6 46
43 Bill Lange 25.1 97
44 Tom Burns 24.9 --
45 Heinie Zimmerman 24.5 98
46 Andy Pafko 24.5 29
47 Riggs Stephenson 24.3 77
48 Kerry Wood 23.2 64
49 Jimmy Sheckard 22.8 76
50 Charlie Hollocher 22.6 --
51 Fred Pfeffer 22.6 55
52 Johnny Kling 21.4 65
53 Rick Sutcliffe 21.3 38
54 Dick Ellsworth 21.3 80
55 Aramis Ramirez 20.6 56
56 Derrek Lee 19.9 73
57 Orval Overall 19.9 34
58 Harry Steinfeldt 19.8 70
59 Larry French 19.2 61
60 Pat Malone 19.2 67
61 Abner Dalrymple 19.1 --
62 Lee Smith 18.7 36
63 Guy Bush 18.7 83
64 Hank Sauer 18.4 23
65 Ken Holtzman 18.2 51
66 Art Hofman 18.1 --
67 Bruce Sutter 17.7 54
68 Rogers Hornsby 17.0 75
69 Jimmy Slagle 16.7 --
70 Augie Galan 16.0 44
71 Andre Dawson 16.0 26
72 Milt Pappas 15.7 89
73 Billy Jurges 15.2 42
74 Jack Taylor 15.2 85
75 Jake Weimer 15.2 --
76 Vic Saier 14.8 --
77 Jody Davis 14.8 53
78 Paul Minner 14.6 --
79 Leon Durham 14.5 62
80 Bill Bonham 14.4 --
81 Johnny Schmitz 13.5 --
82 Jack Pfiester 13.5 40
83 Hank Wyse 13.4 --
84 Fred Goldsmith 13.4 --
85 Carl Lundgren 13.2 --
86 Larry Jackson 13.1 --
87 Mark Prior 13.1 --
88 Sparky Adams 12.8 --
89 Warren Hacker 12.7 --
90 Bill Everitt 12.7 --
91 Sheriff Blake 12.6 --
92 Ted Lilly 12.4 --
93 Ryan Dempster 12.3 --
94 Glenn Beckert 12.3 66
95 Bob O'Farrell 12.3 --
96 Jon Lieber 11.8 --
97 Scott Sanderson 11.8 --
98 Frank Demaree 11.8 47
99 Rick Wilkins 11.7 99
100 Bill Madlock 11.4 57
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