Chicago Cubs: Top home run hitters of all-time

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo - Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo - Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chicago Cubs Top Home Run Hitters – No 3: Billy Williams (392)

How would you like to go to the ballpark on any given day and know you are going to see Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, and Billy Williams in the lineup? That was the luxury Cubs’ fans had in the Sixties.

Just like his star teammates, Williams could be counted on to take the field every day and produce like a champion. In one fifteen-year stretch, he never hit fewer than 20 homers. In that same period, he never produced fewer than 84 RBI.

Two seasons standout for Williams. In 1970, he hit 42 home runs and drove in 129, both career highs. He led the league in hits with 205 and runs with 137. He finished second in the MVP voting.

In 1972, he belted 37 dingers and knocked in 122, the second best totals of his career. He topped baseball in Batting Average, Slugging Percentage, OPS, and Total Bases. He again came in second for the MVP.

Williams won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1961, then went on to play in six All-Star games. As a Cub, he never hit less than .276, and he batted over .300 five times.

His durability and his ability to be productive well into his thirties make him easily one of the top five offensive players ever to play for the Cubs.

Williams was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987, in his sixth try.

Billy Williams is in the top 100 all-time in baseball history in games, at-bats, plate appearances, home runs, hits, runs, runs batted in, plus in other categories as well.

The Cubs are fortunate Williams is a part of the franchise’s history.