Ernie Banks is synonymous with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are synonymous with Ernie Banks. Perhaps no other hall of fame player is more indentified with a team and perhaps no team is more identified with a player than Banks and the Cubs.
Banks joined the Cubs in September of 1953 as the franchise’s first African-American player. During his tenure in Chicago, Banks played in 11 All-Star games, won 2 MVP awards, hit 512 home runs and amassed 1,636 RBI’s.
Beyond the numbers, Banks is one of the most popular players to have ever worn a uniform. Banks’ love for baseball is best exemplified in his quote, "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two!" The longtime shortstop also dubbed famed Wrigley Field as the “friendly confines.”
His number 14 was the first number ever retired by the Cubs organization. In 1977, Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Even to this day, Ernie Banks is known as Mr. Cub.
Like Banks, the Cubs are very popular amongst baseball fans. In fact the Cubs maybe America’s team, an epitaph that’s not earned through their on-the-field accomplishments but granted out of pity for their historic, century long bout of failure. It wasn’t always that way. The Cubs franchise began in 1870 as the White Stockings. That team won its first game, an exhibition against the St. Louis Unions, 47-1. They finished that year by winning the last National Association of ... Read more