The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s oldest franchises with a brilliant history that dates back to 1876. In more than a century of play, the Cubs have been responsible for more than 12,000 home runs. The top five home run hitters in Chicago Cubs history are led by two players who have each hit 500 home runs for the Windy City.
1. Sammy Sosa: 545 home runs
A recent star and the Chicago Cubs all-time home run leader is Sammy Sosa. Sosa began his career with the Rangers and the White Sox, but broke out as an All-Star and a home run king with the Cubs. Sammy Sosa eclipsed the 60 home run milestone in 1998 during the epic race with Mark McGuire to break the then 61 home run record. His top three seasons of 66 home runs in 1998, 64 in 2001, and 63 in 1999 are three of the six greatest single-season home run totals in Major League history.
2. Ernie Banks: 512 home runs
Ernie Banks, the man who came to be known as Mr. Cub, is the second leading home run hitter in Chicago Cubs history. Banks played his entire 19-year career with the Cubs, winning a pair of NL MVP Awards in 1958 and 1959. For the first half of his career, Banks was the best offensive shortstop in baseball and an elite power-hitter. From 1957 to 1960, he hit 40-plus home runs per season with a personal best of 47 in his MVP 1958 season. He twice set the Major League record for home runs in a season for a shortstop.
3. Billy Williams: 392 home runs
Hall of Fame left fielder Billy Williams ranks third among Chicago Cubs all-time home run leaders. Williams played 16 seasons of consistently great baseball in Chicago. From 1961 to 1973, Billy Williams posted 13 straight years of 20 or more home runs. His career high came in the 1970 season when he clubbed 42 home runs and drove home 129 RBI.
4. Ron Santo: 337 home runs
Ron Santo was a great hitter in the 1960s, spending 14 seasons with the Cubs to become one of the top five home run hitters in Chicago Cubs history. Santo had four consecutive 30-plus homer seasons from 1964 to 1967 as one of the National League’s best run producers. He was the leader in RBI four times and a nine-time All-Star with the Cubs.
5. Ryne Sandberg: 282 home runs
Cubs’ great Ryne Sandberg was a Gold Glove defensive second baseman and ranks fifth among Chicago Cubs all-time home run leaders. Not known as a power-hitter for most of his career, Ryne Sandberg still did quite a bit of damage from a position that was low on offense. Sandberg had his breakout season in his third full season in 1984 when he hit 19 home runs plus 19 triples, winning the NL MVP Award. His power remained steady for most of his career until 1989 when he hit 30 home runs for the first time and followed it with 40 in 1990.