Clubhouse Chatter: List your top 5 (or so) baseball players in Chicago history.

Updated 9/12/2020 5:47 PM

What the sports staff has to say now that the games have resumed.

White Sox Top 5: Frank Thomas, Luke Appling, Eddie Collins, Ed Walsh, Paul Konerko. Cubs Top 5: Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Greg Maddux, Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins. You could still fill multiple all-star teams with the players left off this list from both sides of town.


­-- Scot Gregor

Limiting the list to Hall of Famers who played five seasons in Chicago: Luke Appling, Ernie Banks, Eddie Collins, Greg Maddux and Hack Wilson make the final cut.

-- Orrin Schwarz

This is nearly impossible considering we have 120-plus years of players from which to choose. I'm going with the Cubs' Ernie Banks and Fergie Jenkins, and the White Sox' Shoeless Joe Jackson, Eddie Collins and Frank Thomas. For those who don't know, Collins was a career .333 hitter who amassed 3,315 hits and 741 stolen bases. He played for the Sox from 1915-26, hitting .331 with a .426 on-base percentage. It was tough to leave out Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas and Ed Walsh (all-time best 1.82 ERA), but you've got to draw the line somewhere.

­-- John Dietz

As a Cubs fan it pains me to list so many White Sox players on my list of all-time greats. One must be objective ... DH: Frank Thomas; 1B: Ernie Banks; 2B: Ryne Sandberg; 3B: Ron Santo; SS Luke Appling; LF: Billy Williams; CF: Harold Baines (have to get him in there somewhere); RF: "Shoeless" Joe Jackson; C: Carlton Fisk; SP: Ed Walsh; RP: Bruce Sutter. Manager: Frank Chance.

-- Dave Oberhelman

Ernie Banks, Frank Thomas, Ryne Sandberg, Carlton Fisk, Paul Konerko.

­-- Patricia Babcock McGraw

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