The Chicago Cubs play Baseball professionally, competing in MLB (Major League Baseball) out of Chicago as a club in the National League (Central Division).
The Cubs’ home ground is at Wrigley Field, on the Northern side of the city. There are actually two MLB teams in Chicago, the other one being the White Sox.
Because their stadium is in the northern side of the city, the Chicago Cubs are nicknamed “the North Siders”, as opposed to the White Sox whose home ground is in the southern part of Chicago.
Naturally, there is an inter-league rivalry between the Cubs and the White Sox. Furthermore, the Cubs are also rivals with the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Chicago Cubs have made eleven appearances in the World Series.
As at 2017, the Cubs are the second most valuable team in the city, behind only the NFL team, the Chicago Bears. Consequently, they are the 4th most valuable team in Major League Baseball, behind the Yankees, the Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox. Overall, the Chicago Cubs are the 14th most valuable team in the United States, and 18th worldwide.
Here is a list of notable accomplishments by the Chicago Cubs in their 100+ history;
- The Chicago Cubs have a total of 3 World Series titles, along with 17 National League Pennants.
- They were the first MLB team to win consecutive World Series titles when they won the championships back-to-back in 1907 and 1908. The Cubs were also the first team to play in 3 straight World Series. In fact, between 1905 and 1912, the Cubs won 2 World Series and 4 Pennants over 5 years.
- During the 1906 season, the Chicago Cubs won a MLB record 116 of 154 games, a record that still stands.
- After a period of sustained winning, however, the fortunes off the Cubs turned, and they hold the record for the longest drought ever in the history of professional sports in North America, going 108 years before winning the World Series again.
- After their 1908 victory, they didn’t win the championships again till 2016. In 2016, they also won the National League Pennant, also after a sustained period, 71 years, of not winning it. The Cubs’ drought in the National League and in the World Series are both Major League Baseball records.
- In the 2016 season, the Chicago Cubs finished with 103 wins, the best in the MLB, and the franchise’s highest number of wins since 1910. As a matter of fact, it was the first time the Cubs crossed the 100-win mark since 1935. The ended the season with the National League Central title, the National League Pennant and the World Series title.
Ernie Banks (1953-1971)
No other Cubs player deserves to be number one on this list more than a man that has a statue outside Wrigley Field. Affectionately known as Mr. Cub, Banks played for the Cubs for the entirety of his 19-year stay in the MLB. Banks had 512 home runs in his career, and he was named MVP twice. From 1958 to 1960, he hit 40+ home runs per season.
Ryne Sandberg (1982-1997)
Sandberg had 15 very good seasons as the Second Baseman with the Chicago Cubs, and his contribution to the franchise in that time means that he takes the no. 2 spot on this list. With over 1060 runs and 282 home runs, Sandberg definitely had the numbers to show just how good he was. He announced himself to the world in 1984, hitting 2 game-tying home runs against Bruce Sutter, the St. Louis’ Cardinals closer. Since then, he never looked back, and in 1994, he became the highest-earning baseball player at the time.
Billy Williams (1959-1974)
With 1350+ RBIs and 392 home runs in 16 years, Sweet Swinging Billy definitely left his mark on his favored left field at Wrigley. His status as a Cubs great is reinforced by his endless dedication to the club, playing a minimum of 160 games per season from 1963 to 1970. In each of those seasons, Billy Williams had nothing less than 685 plate appearances.
Chance presided over the most successful spell in the Cubs’ history, winning 4 Pennants and 2 World Series titles in 5 years. He won 768 games in 8 seasons, averaging 96 wins per year. Few other managers have been able to accomplish what he did, and his impact in Cubs history is undeniable.
Maddon has only been coach for only 2 seasons+, but such is his impact in that time that he deserves his spot on this list. Winning the Pennant and the World Series probably clinched his spot, but in addition to this, since Frank Chance, no other manager in Cubs history can boast of his win record of over 200 games in 2 years.