Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1961 Cubs Had Five in the Hall and Finished.....

The 1961 Cubs had five future Hall of Fame players on the roster during the 1961 season.

Richie Ashburn played in 109 games and hit .257

Ernie Banks hit 29 HRs and knocked in 80 runs

Ron Santo avoided the Sophomore Jink by belting 23 HRs and driving in 83.

Billy Williams was the NL Rookie of the Year, hitting .278 with 25 homers and 86 RBIs.

Lou Brock got his first taste of the bigs with a September cup of coffee, playing in four games.

And how did a team with all this talent finish?

The 1961 Cubs finished in seventh place (in an eight team league), winning only 64 while dropping 90. That come to 12.8 wins per Hall of Famer. I bet there isn't a team with a worse wins per HOFer score in MLB history. Yea Cubs!!


  1. The 1966 Cubs! Won 59 games with Banks, Santo, Williams, Fergie and Robin Roberts.

  2. You're right! I forgot all about Robin Roberts' time with the Cubs. So that means the Cubs have the two worst Hall of Fame loaded teams. Yea Cubs!!

  3. So the motto is, The Cubs don't win no matter who they have on the team. Hard to argue, isn't it?

  4. Sadly, that seems to be the way it is.

  5. I did a radio interview series with a few of the 1966 Cubs. Chris Krug, Byron Browne, Fergie Jenkins, Don Kessinger and Glenn Beckert. They must have used 50+ people on that team.