5 Hall of Fame players that were briefly Chicago Cubs

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Jimmie Foxx / Chicago Cubs
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Chicago Cubs: Only three of his career 534 home runs were in a Cubs uniform.

Another Philadelphia legend, Jimmie Fox spent 11 of his 20 MLB seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics. He also spent seven years with the Boston Red Sox. In addition to his 534 home runs, Foxx hit .325/.428/.609 with a 1.038 OPS, 158 wRC+ and was a 101.8 fWAR player in his incredible career. Foxx also was a three-time MVP winner, two-time batting champion, two-time World Series champion and the 1938 Triple Crown winner.

In June 1942 the then 34-year-old slugger was selected off waivers by the Cubs from the Red Sox. Foxx came to Chicago but did not see much action, only appearing in 70 games. He hit .205 with three home runs in 205 at-bats. He was no longer an everyday player in ’42 and he did not play in 1943. He did return to play again with the Cubs in 1944, but he only appeared in 15 games.  Foxx was released in July of 1944 after recording just one hit in 20 ABs.

Foxx ended his career back in Philadelphia, but with the Phillies in 1945. He was just one year shy of being part of the 1945 Cubs pennant-winning team. Had Foxx not had some health issues that resulted in his decline in his early 30s, who knows what more he could have done.