Chicago Cubs: The best base stealers in Cubs history

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#6 – Walt Wilmot (1890-95)

By far the shortest career in Chicago we have seen so far. The switch-hitting left fielder Walt Wilmot once stole 76 bases in his first year with the club (1890) and in his fourth year (1894). In his short six-year career Wilmot has played in 689 games and in those games he swiped bases 292 different times. While he was a member of the Chicago franchise he averaged 48.6 per season he played.

#5 –  Joe Tinker (1902-12,1916)

This righty was also a speed demon back in the day. Joe Tinker played 12 years in Chicago, in those 12 years, Tinker has played in 1539 games. Throughout his long career with the Cubs, Tinker stole 304 bases. Just an average slightly above 25 (25.3) stolen bases per season, Tinker did have a career-high back in 1904 when he stole 41 bases in 141 games.

#4 – Ryne Sandberg (1982-94, 1996-95)

Nine-time Gold Glove winner Ryne Sandberg is probably considered one of the favorites among Cub fans. Throughout his 15-year career with Cubs, he played with some of the Cubs’ most talented players. Among those players included Fergie Jenkins, Andre Dawson and Mark Grace just to name a few.

In his 2,151 games as a Cub, Sandberg stole 344 career bases putting him fourth all-time in Cubs history. The 10-time All-Star had a career year in 1985 where he finished 14th in the MVP race and won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. In that same year, Sandberg led the team with 54 stolen bases.