The best Cubs to wear each uniform number

December 1st, 2021

CHICAGO -- The flags that fly atop the foul poles at Wrigley Field feature the most recognizable numbers in Cubs history -- digits no player will don again on the North Side.

There is No. 10 for Ron Santo and No. 14 for Ernie Banks. Ryne Sandberg's No. 23 ripples in the Lake Michigan breeze, along with No. 26 for Billy Williams and No. 31 for both Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux. They took those numbers to great heights, but what about the other numbers worn throughout the Cubs' long history?

What follows are our picks for the most notable player to wear each jersey number in team history. Maybe he was the most famous, the best or simply the most memorable. In some cases, there was a long list to choose from, and it was a difficult task. In others, the choice was obvious. And in a few situations, only a handful of players (or perhaps just one) wore the number on his back.

From No. 1 to No. 99, here are the Cubs' all-time jersey picks:

No. 1: Jose Cardenal
Spent six years in the outfield in the 1970s. Childhood favorite of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

No. 2:
Greatest catcher in Cubs history (1922-40) and a Hall of Famer. Also wore Nos. 7 and 9.

No. 3:
David Ross famously wore No. 3 for the 2016 World Series champs, but Cuyler is a Hall of Famer.

No. 4: Billy Herman
This Hall of Famer was a doubles machine (57 in 1935) in 11 seasons for Chicago.

No. 5: Riggs Stephenson
Owns the highest career batting average (.336) in franchise history.

No. 6: Stan Hack
This five-time All-Star of the 1930s and '40s hit .301 in 16 seasons, all with the Cubs.

No. 7: Jody Davis
This two-time All-Star (1984, '86) and National League Gold Glove Award-winning catcher ('86) gets the edge over Rick Monday.

No. 8:
Joined the Cubs in 1987, won an NL MVP Award and two NL Gold Glove Awards and made five All-Star teams.

No. 9: Hank Sauer
Apologies to Randy Hundley and Javier Báez, but Sauer won an NL MVP Award in 1952.

No. 10 (retired):
A legend on the field and in the radio booth. Five Gold Glove Awards and is in the Hall of Fame.

No. 11: Don Kessinger
Beloved stalwart shortstop and two-time NL Gold Glove Award winner of the 1960s and '70s Cubs.

No. 12:
Also the number of Kyle Schwarber and Alfonso Soriano, but Dunston wore it for a dozen years.

No. 13: Claude Passeau
Passeau tested his luck with No. 13 and won 124 games in nine years with the Cubs (1939-47).

No. 14 (retired):
Broke the team's color barrier. Won two NL MVP Awards (1958-59). Hall of Famer. Forever Mr. Cub.

No. 15:
Many players have donned this number, but Barney gets the nod with his 2012 NL Gold Glove Award.

No. 16:
Ended a decades-long turnstile at third base with nine years (2003-11) of consistent slugging.

No. 17:
Kris Bryant has hardware, but Grace notched the most hits (1,754) and doubles (364) in the 1990s.

No. 18: Glenn Beckert
A staple at second for the Cubs in the 1960s and '70s. An NL Gold Glove Award winner and a fan favorite.

No. 19: Manny Trillo
This infielder enjoyed two stints with the Cubs in the 1970s and '80s. He was an All-Star in '77.

No. 20: Adolfo Phillips
Spent four years with the Cubs (1966-69) after being traded (with Fergie Jenkins) by Philadelphia.

No. 21:
Captivated the nation with 66 homers in 1998. Slammin' Sammy is the Cubs' home run king.

No. 22:
Hit .300 across eight seasons (1977-84) and won an NL batting title in '80. Gets the nod over Jason Heyward and Mark Prior.

No. 23 (retired):
This Hall of Fame second baseman won an NL MVP Award in 1984 and nine NL Gold Glove Awards. He also made 10 All-Star teams.

No. 24:
Also worn by Lou Brock before his trade to the Cardinals. Fowler was a catalyst on the 2015-16 Cubs clubs.

No. 25:
Two All-Star nods and two NL Gold Glove Awards. His 2005 was an offensive season for the ages.

No. 26 (retired):
Sweet Swinging' Billy. The 1961 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner, a six-time All-Star, the '72 batting champ and a Hall of Famer.

No. 27:
Key part of the bullpen for the beloved 1969 Cubs. Saved 60 games in five seasons.

No. 28:
Won an ERA title for the 2016 World Series champions. Seven years and counting as a trusted starter.

No. 29:
From Notre Dame to Wrigley Field, the righty was an All-Star in 2014, the last of his seven seasons on the North Side.

No. 30: Ken Holtzman
The team's first MLB Draft pick, the lefty authored two no-hitters for the Cubs (Aug. 19, 1969, and June 3, 1971).

No. 31 (retired): ,
Both Cubs legends won an NL Cy Young Award in Chicago and reached Hall of Fame heights.

No. 32:
Spent parts of five years with the Cubs. A 20-game winner, All-Star and NL Cy Young Award contender in 2001.

No. 33:
Worn by the rookie Carter in 1983. In '84, he was traded for NL Cy Young Award-winning Rick Sutcliffe.

No. 34:
Jon Lester helped lead the Cubs to glory, but Kid K made No. 34 famous on the North Side.

No. 35:
The lefty's 2.20 lifetime ERA at Wrigley Field is the third lowest in history (min. 150 innings).

No. 36: Don Elston
Only Carlos Marmol and Lee Smith have more relief outings in Cubs history.

No. 37: Dick Ellsworth
A rotation fixture in the 1960s who won 22 games with a 2.11 ERA in his stellar '63 campaign.

No. 38:
In 11 years, Big Z made three All-Star teams, won three NL Silver Slugger Awards and spun a no-hitter on Sept. 14, 2008.

No. 39: Ray Prim
Paced the Senior Circuit in ERA (2.40) for the 1945 Cubs, who reached the World Series.

No. 40:
Famously went 16-1 with a 2.69 ERA after a 1984 trade with Cleveland, winning the NL Cy Young Award.

No. 41:
Ended his career with the 2016-17 Cubs, picking up his third career World Series ring in the process.

No. 42 (retired for Jackie Robinson):
This Hall of Fame relief ace won the NL Cy Young Award in 1979 and made four All-Star teams as the Cubs' stopper.

No. 43: Bill Nicholson
Spent a decade as a slugging outfielder for the Cubs in the 1940s. Also worn by Dennis Eckersley.

No. 44:
Phil Cavarretta, the 1945 NL MVP Award winner, wore No. 44, but Rizzo has become a franchise icon.

No. 45: Paul Assenmacher
Spent five years in the Cubs' bullpen as an innings-eating lefty. Topped 100 innings twice.

No. 46:
Hall of Famer and the Cubs' all-time saves king, with 180 of his 478 saves coming in Chicago.

No. 47:
Big body, big personality. Memorable mustache. Saved 51 games for the 1998 Cubs.

No. 48:
Won 135 games in 12 years. All-Star and NL Cy Young Award contender in 1977. Also worn by Andy Pafko.

No. 49:
Authored his historic NL Cy Young Award-winning season in 2015. Also worn by Marmol and Bill Hands.

No. 50: Les Lancaster
Spent parts of five years with the Cubs, highlighted by his 1.36 ERA in 42 games in 1989.

No. 51: Augie Galan
Wore No. 7 longer, but was No. 51 from 1935-36. Scored 133 runs in '35 and was an All-Star in '36.

No. 52:
Spent five seasons in the Cubs' bullpen, spun a 1.99 ERA in 2015 and was a World Series winner in '16.

No. 53: Johnny Schmitz
An All-Star in 1946 and '48, the lefty spent parts of eight years on the Cubs' staff.

No. 54:
Blockbuster trade acquisition in 2016 who worked in five World Series games.

No. 55: Larry Casian
This lefty reliever had a 1.90 ERA in 77 games for the Cubs from 1995-96.

No. 56: Hector Rondón
This Rule 5 Draft pick spent five years in the Cubs' bullpen and saved 77 games (30 in 2015).

No. 57:
Had a brief 2015 stint with Cubs, one of 11 teams in his 17-year career. Had an 0.75 ERA in 14 games.

No. 58:
Earned the NL Rookie of the Year Award, an All-Star nod and NL MVP Award votes in 2008. Spent eight years with the Cubs.

No. 59: Rodney Myers
Logged 108 appearances for the Cubs across the 1996-99 seasons.

No. 60:
Few have worn No. 60. In 2020, Adam joined the Cubs and struck out 21 in 13 2/3 innings.

No. 61:
Before his All-Star days with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Phelps wore No. 61 for the 1933-34 Cubs.

No. 62:
Acquired from the White Sox in 2018 and posted a 4.24 ERA in 82 games for the North Siders.

No. 63:
Notched 56 of his 177 career saves in two seasons (2009, '13) with the Cubs.

No. 64:
Hit .279 in 69 games for the 2014 Cubs and was traded to the Braves in a deal for Victor Caratini.

No. 65:
The only No. 65 in Cubs history, the righty worked 10 games out of the 2020 bullpen.

No. 66:
Appeared in 14 games for the 2016 Cubs, hitting .333 (.890 OPS) in a bench role.

No. 67:
Wore No. 67 in 2014, when the lefty had a 3.25 ERA in 13 starts for the Cubs.

No. 68:
A big outfield prospect for Cubs, he was part of the 2016 World Series championship team, then was traded to the Royals for Wade Davis.

No. 71:
Saved 32 games with a 2.30 ERA in an All-Star season with the Cubs in 2017.

No. 72:
This catcher spent parts of 2000-01 with the North Siders.

No. 73:
This pitching prospect broke into the Majors in 2019. He had a 2.95 ERA in six games in '20.

No. 76: Daniel Garibay
The only No. 76 in Cubs history, the lefty worked 30 games with a 6.03 ERA in 2000.

No. 94:
This lefty logged 221 games in four years, switching from No. 49 to No. 94 in 2001.

No. 96: Bill Voiselle
The lone player to wear No. 96, doing so in 1950. He went 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA.

No. 99:
Todd Hundley briefly wore No. 99 in 2001, but he switched to No. 9. Taguchi gets the nod.