Tuesday, September 23, 2014

1999 Old Style Cubs All-Century Team

As the 20th century came to an end, the Cubs decided to name an All-Century team.  The 2000 media guide says that the fans selected the team.  I don't know if if was done by fans at the ballpark or on-line.

I do know that the voting had to be done early in the season.  The Cubs scheduled three giveaways of a seven card package of members of the All-Century team.  The first set was handed out on May 15.  That meant about a month to select the team and then print up the 20,000 sets.

The selections were fairly predictable...


...You got Tinker, and Chance, but no Evers.  Teammate Three-Fingers Brown was also selected.

...Grover Cleveland Alexander was selected, though his best years were with the Phillies.




...From the pennant-winning teams of the last '20s and '30s you get Phil Cavarretta, Charlie Grimm, Stan Hack, Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, and Hack Wilson.

...Andy Pafko made the team, but I wouldn't consider him one of the best five outfielders of the Cubs during the 20th century.  If a player from Pafko's era was needed, it should have been Hank Sauer.



...The '69 Cubs had Banks, Jenkins, Santo, and Williams

...Bruce Sutter was the lone representative from the late '70s.


...From the '80s came Ryno, Lee Smith, and Andre Dawson.


...The most recent players to make the team were both active with the Cubs in 1999, Mark Grace and Sammy Sosa.

Here's a look at all 21 cards in a 3x7 tile


  1. Wow, that's a really cool set! Never seen those before.

  2. I haven't seen that set before either.
    I understand why some of the early 20th century players don't have numbers, but why not Hack Wilson. Every team was using numbers on the backs of their jerseys when Hack played. Odd.

  3. Wilson's last season with the Cubs was 1931; the Cubs started wearing numbers in June, 1932.....so Wilson never wore a number with the Cubs