Banks, Ernie

Ernest Banks
Born: January 31, 1931, Dallas, Texas
Played For: 
Chicago Cubs (1953-1971)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1977

Noted for his sunny disposition, excellent all-around play and his powerful home runs, Ernie Banks was always a favorite of Chicago Cubs fans. Banks was chosen to play in the All-Star Game during 11 seasons, was twice voted the National League Most Valuable Player and knocked 512 home runs during his 19-year career with the Cubs. He twice led the National League in home runs and RBIs and picked up a Gold Glove Award in 1960. Mr. Cub displayed his perpetual love for the game with his signature phrase, "Let's play two!"

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Ernie Banks played two years (1950 and '53) with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro American League?
Without him, the Cubs would finish in Albuquerque.
Jimmie Dykes