July 28, 2021

The best Cubs by uniform number: 40 through 49 (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

There are some all-time Cubs greats in this installment… and other guys you have likely never heard of.

Just another reminder that you can read stories behind many of these numbers in “Cubs By The Numbers,” by Kasey Ignarski, Matt Silverman and me, a fun look through the history of our favorite franchise’s jersey digits. An updated version of the book came out in 2016. Get yours here.

On to the 40s! A note: For pitchers, only their WAR while pitching is considered.

40: Rick Sutcliffe still holds the mark for Cubs No. 40s with 21.8 bWAR … which could have been higher if not for all his injuries. Willson Contreras, at 11.8, is two to three years away from passing Sutcliffe. 1970s righthander Lynn McGlothen ranks third at 6.3.

41: Not many really good players here. The “Dirt Man,” Dick Tidrow, a solid reliever from 1979-82, heads up this list at 5.6 bWAR. John Lackey is second with 3.9 in his two years in the Cubs rotation.

42: This number, now retired across MLB to honor Jackie Robinson, was last worn by a Cubs player in 1992 (the unlamented Dave Smith). Bruce Sutter posted 18.5 bWAR wearing it from 1976-80, by far the most for any Cub No. 42. The only other Cubs…

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