Chicago Cubs All-Time Lists

Chicago Cubs: Top home run hitters of all-time

Joel Wagler
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player. 9. Ten Seasons – 1939-1948. RF. 205. Bill Nicholson. 9

Chicago Cubs Top Home Run Hitters – Number Nine: Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson was the Cubs’ star in the early forties. A case could be made that he succeeded against sub-par competition since his best seasons came when many major leaguers were away for military service for World War II.

From 1940 through 1944, Nicholson was an All-Star four times. He averaged 27 home runs, 105 RBI and 89 runs scored.

He led the Majors in homers and RBI in both 1943 and 1944, and in 1944, he also had the most runs and total bases.

He finished third in the MVP balloting in 1943, and second a year later. He narrowly lost out on the MVP that season to Marty Marion (by one point), whose stats were significantly worse across the board.

After the war, he hit more than 19 homers just once. He batted .289 before the 1945 season but hit just .243 after 1944.

Still, Nicholson ranks among the best Cubs ever in many key categories.

  • 9th – Home Runs – 205
  • 11th – Runs Batted In – 833
  • 22nd – Runs Scored – 738
  • 17th – Doubles – 245
  • 14th – Wins Above Replacement – 38.3

Whether or not Nicholson padded his numbers against a diluted opposition, he still was a star at a time fans needed a diversion.

He was a great player for the Cubs in his heyday and earned his way onto this list.

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