Ultimate Cubs Lineup: Fergie Jenkins
What if you were tasked with winning one — and only one — baseball game and you were responsible for putting together the lineup to get you that W?
Here’s the thing: You can only form the lineup from guys who have suited up for the Cubs, even if it was for only one game or part of one season. This isn’t a list of the greatest Cubs players. It’s the Ultimate Cubs Lineup to win one big game.
That means you can select Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown (who pitched for the Cubs from 1904-1912 and again in 1916) or Anthony Rizzo (who led the Cubs to end the 108-year World Series drought).
You can choose Hall of Famers, All-Stars, role players, whoever. You can prioritize power, contact, defense, intangibles or whatever you think is necessary to win this one imaginary game. You can even hit the pitcher 8th or anywhere you see fit in the lineup.
Since the Cubs are a National League team, we are forming the roster with no designated hitter. To add another wrinkle of strategy, you can select one reliever to come in after the starting pitcher and one player off the bench who could come into the game at any point.
So which 11 current or former Cubs would you choose to go to battle with in a must-win game?
Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins weighed in:
I chose only guys I played with and my Ultimate Cubs Lineup would be almost the entire 1969 team:
1. Don Kessinger – SS
2. Glenn Beckert – 2B
3. Billy Williams – LF
4. Ron Santo – 3B
5. Ernie Banks – 1B
6. Johnny Callison – RF
7. Randy Hundley – C
8. Don Young – CF
9. Fergie Jenkins – P
Reliever: Lee Smith
Bench: Bill Buckner
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