3 Greatest Pitchers in Cubs History

Tristan Jung
Ferguson Jenkins was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
Ferguson Jenkins was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. / Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

Since their inception in 1876, the Chicago Cubs have had their share of great players. Although the franchise narrative has been shaped by their quest to break a 108-year World Series drought, the team has also employed many great pitchers over the years.

Here's our list of the three greatest Cubs pitchers of all-time.

1. Rick Reuschel

Rick Reuschel pitched for many mediocre Cubs teams. Though he never made a postseason appearance with Chicago, it's hard to blame Reuschel, who had a 3.50 ERA during his 12 years with the club. For years, Reuschel would make 36-38 solid starts for the team, averaging about 245.0 innings pitched per season from 1973-80. His best year came in 1977, where he finished third in Cy Young voting and made his first All-Star team.

2. Mordecai Brown

The Cubs' all-time leader in WHIP (0.998) and shutouts (48), Hall of Famer Mordecai Brown was a key part of the teams that won back-to-back World Series in 1907 and 1908. Due to farming accidents that left him with a mangled right hand, Brown developed a unique knuckle curve that bamboozled hitters in the dead-ball era. Brown had five straight years with 20 wins and an ERA under 2.00 (1906-10).

3. Fergie Jenkins

Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins was an instant success for the Cubs. By 1967, his third year in the majors, he had already notched his first 20-win season and a runner-up in Cy Young voting. Jenkins was a productive workhorse for Chicago, routinely throwing over 300 innings. In his Cy Young Award-winning 1971 season, Jenkins threw 30 complete games, and 325 innings, all at a remarkable 2.77 ERA. Jenkins is the Cubs' all-time leader in strikeouts, even though he spent just 10 years with the team, only eight of which were in his prime. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991.

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