Top 10 Best Chicago Cubs Teams of All Time

The Top Ten
1 1907 - Won World Series

One year after their shocking loss in the famed Chicago World Series to the Chicago White Sox, the Cubs regrouped. With the same team that won 116 games the previous season, the Cubs were back in the World Series. Standing in their way were the Ty Cobb-led Detroit Tigers.

When the teams tied 3-3 in Game 1, Cubs fans feared another choke. But this time, the Cubs' pitching held the Tigers to just 3 runs for the rest of the series. The City of Chicago embraced their first world championship.

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2 2016 - Won World Series
3 1906 - Lost World Series

The greatest Cubs team never to win the World Series. That year, they won 116 games in a 154-game schedule. The team had four Hall of Fame players: Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker, and Mordecai Brown. They had the best ERA in all of baseball with a 1.76 earned run average.

Harry Steinfeldt led the National League in hits and RBIs. Mordecai had 26 wins, the most by a Cubs pitcher that year, and a 1.04 ERA. The best was yet to come.

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4 1910 - Lost World Series

Just two years removed from their World Series triumph, the Cubs were back again. However, the team was finally showing its wear.

They got help from Solly Hoffman, who hit .325, and from two great pitchers. Three Fingers Brown finished the year with 25 wins and 143 strikeouts, while King Cole had a 20-4 record and an ERA of 1.80.

However, Johnny Evers was hurt during the Cubs' pennant drive, and it proved to be the difference as the Philadelphia Athletics captured the world title in 5 games.

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5 1908 - Won World Series

The Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance era brought the team a world championship, thanks in part to a big blunder by the New York Giants' Fred Merkle. The Cubs then faced Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

In only five games, thanks to the outstanding pitching efforts of Three Fingers Brown, Orval Overall, and the timely hitting of Frank Chance, Solly Hoffman, and Joe Tinker, the Cubs became the first team to repeat as World Champions.

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6 1935 - Lost World Series

It was starting to be a pattern for the Cubs to win the National League pennant once every three years. 1935 was a continuation of their rise to the pennant, and this time it was spectacular.

On September 4, the team was trailing by 2.5 games when they began a historic streak. Win after win followed, and soon they were in first place. By September 28, the Cubs had a 21-game winning streak, tying their own record set in 1880 when they were known as the Chicago White Stockings.

But the World Series was a different story. Let's not go there.

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7 1929 - Lost World Series

In the offseason, the Cubs acquired one of baseball's great hitters, Rogers Hornsby. He hit .380, with 39 home runs, an amazing 149 RBIs, an impressive .679 slugging percentage, and 156 runs. He earned his second NL MVP as the Cubs, under manager Joe McCarthy, led the team to its first National League pennant since 1918.

Hack Wilson was also on this team and one year later had 190 RBIs.

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8 1945 - Lost World Series
9 1932 - Lost World Series

The 1932 team proved they could win a pennant without Joe McCarthy as manager. Later, they proved they could win a pennant without Rogers Hornsby late in the season.

This Cubs team had four batters with a .300 average, led by Riggs Stephenson with a .324 batting average. Gabby Hartnett led in home runs with 12. Just like in 1929, the Cubs won the pennant but fell short of the world title, this time to the New York Yankees.

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10 1938 - Lost World Series

The Cubs needed a boost to get back into the World Series, and they got it with Dizzy Dean. Although he was past his prime, his leadership, along with player-manager Gabby Hartnett, took the Cubs on an amazing pennant chase against the surprising Pirates.

It came down to September 28 at Wrigley Field. With the game tied 5-5 and darkness falling, Hartnett blasted a Mace Brown pitch into the gloom, securing the pennant. That homer became known as The Homer in the Gloamin'.

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The Contenders
11 1984 - Lost in Championship Series

In 1977, a new weekly TV series called This Week in Baseball chronicled a brief history of the Cubs leading up to that year. Seven years later, This Week in Baseball was covering the Cubs on a weekly basis, and with good reason. The Cubs were winning again, just like the good old days.

Two important people helped the Cubs win the NL East: Rick Sutcliffe, who led the Cubs in important wins, and Ryne Sandberg, who was having a career year. Sandberg would eventually become a Baseball Hall of Famer.

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12 1918 - Lost World Series

The Cubs captured their first National League pennant since 1910. At Wrigley Field, this team excelled at everything. Charlie Hollocher batted .316, while the pitching staff, led by Hippo Vaughn's 22 wins, a 1.74 ERA, and 148 strikeouts, along with Claude Hendrix's 20 wins, performed admirably.

However, World War I cut the season short. It would be 11 years before the Cubs returned to the World Series.

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13 1969 - Missed the Postseason

Easily the most celebrated and best team not to make the postseason. This team was loaded with moments, like Ken Holtzman's no-hitter at Wrigley Field on August 19, and the Bleacher Creatures.

It was the most star-studded team of the Leo Durocher era Cubs. This team had Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins, Ron Santo, Randy Hundley, Glenn Beckert, Don Kessinger, and many more.

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14 1989 - Lost in Championship Series
15 1998 - Lost in Division Series
16 2015 - Lost in Championship Series
17 1970 - Missed the Postseason
18 2017 - Lost in Championship Series
19 2018 - Lost in Wild Card Game
20 1880 - Won League Championship
21 1977 - Missed the Postseason
22 1876 - Won League Championship
23 2003 - Lost in Championship Series
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