Chicago Cubs Greatest All-Time Players: No. 24 – Bill Dahlen
We’re going way back for the next name on our list, as well. Bill Dahlen played for Chicago from 1891-1898 and was a consistent producer with the lumber.
During that stretch, Dahlen got on base at a .384 clip while averaging 192 hits per 162 games played. Despite relatively low power numbers (he hit just 57 home runs during that eight-year span) – he overcame that and was a presence at the plate due to his ability to hit for extra bases.
Dahlen amassed over 2,400 base hits in his career — but his best season in the Windy City came in 1894 when he slashed .359/.445/.566 with 32 doubles, 14 triples, 15 home runs, and 108 RBI. Oh, and we haven’t even touched on his speed. He stole 208 bags as a member of the then-Colts and Orphans.
The Nelliston, NY native racked up a staggering 106 triples with Chicago – a figure that ranks fourth all-time in franchise history. After Dahlen left the Cubs, he played for another 13 years, appearing in games for Brooklyn, New York, and Boston before officially hanging up his spikes at the age of 41.