Cap Anson headlines Chicago Cubs all-time roster by Wins Above Replacement

Cap Anson headlines Chicago Cubs all-time roster by Wins Above Replacement

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One hundred forty years before Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, Adrian “Cap” Anson was wowing Windy City baseball fans. When the Chicago Cubs franchise was founded in 1876, it was known as the White Stockings, and the club’s first star was player/captain/manager Anson who led the team to five pennants between 1880 and 1886.

Born in Marshalltown, Iowa, Anson made his major league debut at age 19 with the Rockford Forest Citys. After starring for the Philadelphia Athletics the next four seasons, the skilled batter returned to the midwest to play for newly-founded Chicago team.

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Cap Anson leads Chicago Cubs all-time roster by WAR

Anson amassed 93.9 wins above replacement (WAR) over the course of his career, the vast bulk of which (84.4) came with Chicago. The other biggest contributors to the Cub’s all-time roster by WAR come from third baseman Ron Santo (72.0) and second baseman Ryne Sandberg (67.7).

UPDATED September 14, 2018

CATCHER: GABBY HARTNETT

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Wins Above Replacement: 52.3

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FIRST BASE: CAP ANSON

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Wins Above Replacement: 84.4

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SECOND BASE: RYNE SANDBERG

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Wins Above Replacement: 67.7

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THIRD BASE: RON SANTO

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Wins Above Replacement: 72.0

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SHORTSTOP: ERNIE BANKS

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Wins Above Replacement: 67.4

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OUTFIELD: BILLY WILLIAMS

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Wins Above Replacement: 61.6

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OUTFIELD: SAMMY SOSA

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Wins Above Replacement: 58.5

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OUTFIELD: BILL NICHOLSON

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Wins Above Replacement: 38.3

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PITCHER: FERGIE JENKINS

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Wins Above Replacement: 53.2

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PITCHER: RICK REUSCHEL

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Wins Above Replacement: 48.3

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PITCHER: HIPPO VAUGHN

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Wins Above Replacement: 40.7

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RELIEF PITCHER: LEE SMITH

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Wins Above Replacement: 19.1

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2018-09-14T10:26:15+00:00 September 14th, 2018|

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