The Chicago Cubs are one of Major League Baseball’s most historic franchises, as they were first known as the White Stockings, and they were a founding member of the National League in 1876. They became the Chicago Cubs in 1903. They call their team the “Cubs” because they had a lot of young players on their roster. Fun Fact: The Cubs play at the second oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, which is Wrigley Field which opened to the public on April 23, 1914. In 2021, the Cubs won the National League East Division a total of 2 times, and they’ve won the National League Central Division a total of 6 times. Cubs have won the National League pennant a total of 17 different times, and they have won a total of 3 World Series championships in the years: 1907, 1908 and 2016, yes, they have spent over 100 years without winning a World Series championship. The franchise’s history is dotted with legendary players such as Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Sammy Sosa and countless others. Recently, we discovered that some Cubs jerseys had been sold for extremely high prices. Today, we’re going to take a look at the five most expensive Cubs jerseys ever sold to date:
5. Sammy Sosa Signed Swimsuit – $304
Sammy Sosa (also known as “Slammin Sammy”), was one of the greatest players to ever don a Cubs jersey, even though he was caught using performance-enhancing drugs. Sosa leads the franchise in home runs with an impressive 545 home runs while wearing a Cubs uniform. Sosa quickly became a fan favorite in Chicago and his love for the fans and the city was unmatched. Sosa won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1998, where the slugger hit a total of 66 homers and made a total of 158 runs during that season. Sosa is also known for helping save the game of baseball, where he and famous home run chaser Mark McGwire helped turn the franchise around. His signed jersey sold for a total of $304 in the Pristine auction.
4. Swimsuit worn by Fergie Jenkins in 1971 – $2,500
Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins spent 10 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and is arguably the best pitcher in franchise history. In 1971, Jenkins won the National League’s CY Young Award leading the league with a total of 24 wins, pitching a total of 30 complete games, and finishing the season with a 2.77 ERA. The right-hander had a winning record with the Cubs at 167-132 and finished a career 3.20 ERA wearing a Cubs uniform. This specific jersey that was auctioned off was the jersey Jenkins wore when he won his 20th game of the 1971 season on August 20, 1971. Jenkins pitched a full game where the Cubs beat the Houston Astros 3-2 . His game-worn jersey sold for $2,500 at Gray Flannel’s auction.
3. Jersey worn by Billy Williams in 1968 – $5,000
“Sweet Swingin” Billy Williams has posted huge offensive stats during his 16-year career in a Cubs uniform. In 1968, Williams hit a total of 30 home runs, had a total of 98 runs, had a .288 batting average, and represented the Cubs as a member of the National League All-Star Team. Williams made a total of 6 All-Star appearances with his time in a Cubs jersey, and he also won the National League batting title in 1972, with an immaculate .333 batting average. Williams had a total of 881 added hits with the franchise, which is second all-time in franchise history. Williams also won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1961. This specific jersey that was auctioned was worn by Williams in a September 10, 1968 game against the New York Mets where he hit 3 home runs in a game. His game-worn jersey sold for $5,000 in Gray Flannel’s auction.
2. Worn and signed jersey from the 1991 Ryne Sandberg game – $5,332
Ryne Sandberg (also known as “Ryne”), may be considered the greatest 20th-round draft pick in Major League Baseball history. In 1991, Sandberg hit a total of 26 homers, had a total of 100 runs, had a .291 batting average, represented the Cubs in the All-Star Game as a member of the National League team , and he won his 9th consecutive Gold Glove Award at second base in 1991. In his 15-year career in a Cubs uniform, Sandberg was a 10-time All-Star, 9-time Gold Glove Award winner, 7 a time winner of the Sliver Slugger Award and won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1984. Sandberg is considered one of the greatest second basemen to ever step onto the field , and he was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. He also remains one of the most popular players. in the history of the Chicago Cubs franchise. His worn and signed game jersey sold for $5,332 in the Goldin auction.
1. Ernie Banks 1969 Game Worn Jersey – $161,484
“Mr. Cub,” Ernie Banks is arguably the best player to ever wear a Chicago Cubs uniform, as he played shortstop and first baseman in the franchise. The Hall of Famer has played all 19 years of his Major League career with the Cubs and was a 14-time All-Star.In 1969, Banks represented the Cubs on the National League All-Star Team as he hit a total of 23 home runs, totaled 106 runs and had a .253 batting average.Banks won back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player awards in 1958 and 1959, where he absolutely dominated the competition. holds the franchise record for most at-bats, most plate appearances, most total bases and most extra hits.Banks also played a total of 2,528 games with the Cubs, which is also the most games played by a player in the history of the franchise. Banks will always be a fan favorite in Chicago as his legacy with the franchise and the city will never be forgotten. His game-worn jersey sold for $161,484 in the SCP auction.