Building a Chicago Cubs All-Star super team for the record books

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Ryne Sandberg / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Ryne Sandberg / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: The Hall of Fame middle infield

Second Base

Starter: Ryne Sandberg

What can we say about Sandberg? He did it all, from his power at the bat to his undeniable fielding skills, Sandberg amazed you in just about every game he played. During his career, he could circle the All-Star Game on his calendar, as he appeared in 10 of them – from 1985 to 1993.

The 1984 MVP quite simply did it all during his run on the North Side.

The nine-time Gold Glove winner only committed 120 errors throughout his playing career in three different spots in the infield. Sandberg also was a seven-time Silver Slugger award recipient, and he backed it up with a 40-home run performance in 1990. He smashed 282 long-balls during his Windy City adventure with the Cubs.

Backup: Billy Herman

Herman is another Hall of Famer on this team, a 10-time All-Star with three different teams (Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves). Eight of those appearances came with the Cubs. As a member of the Cubs, Herman tallied 1,710 hits and a .309 average. Cooperstown welcomed Herman with open arms in 1975.

Honorable Mention: Javier Baez, Gene Baker


Starter: Ernie Banks

Undoubtedly the most famous player in team history, Mr. Cub himself was a 14-time All-Star during his 19-year run with Chicago. Banks won a pair of MVP awards – coming in back-to-back years in 1958 and 1959.

During his career, Banks played in 2,528 games, racking up 2,583 hits – including 512 home runs, which ranks 23rd all-time. The 1960 Gold Glove winner tallied 488 assists while only committing 18 errors that year. Throughout his career Banks only committed 261 errors, playing five different positions during his career. Banks was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1977.

Backup: Don Kessinger

This six-time All-Star was born in Forest City, Arkansas. He joined the Cubs in 1964 and played 12 years with them. Kessinger was a two-time Gold Glove winner in 1969 and 1970. He carried a .255 average in his Cubs career across 1,648 contests.

Honorable Mention: Shawon Dunston, Woody English