Ernie Banks

"Mr. Cub"
"Let's play two today"

"When you open your mind to your unlimited potential, 
you can accomplish anything." 

About Ernie Banks
Ernie Banks, known to his fans as "Mr. Cub," inspired Major League Baseball fans for almost two decades. After a memorable career playing shortstop and first base for the Chicago Cubs, Mr. Banks retired in 1971 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. 

Growing up in Dallas, the young Ernie Banks had to be bribed by his father to play catch, though by the time he was seventeen he began his lifetime career by joining a local baseball team for $15 dollars per game. He signed on to the Kansas City Monarchs and was discovered by the Chicago Cubs in 1953. 

Immediately after joining the Cubs, Mr. Banks hit his first home run on September 20, 1953. He quickly became the regular Cub shortstop in 1954. Mr. Banks' best years were his consecutive MVP years in 1958 and 1959. From 1955 to 1960, Mr. Banks hit more home runs than anyone in the majors ever had. In the first 1960 All-Star Game he had a two-run homer in a 5-3 National League victory and ended the season leading the league in home runs for the second time, with 41. 

On May 12, 1970, Mr. Banks hit his 500th home run, the most avidly anticipated event in Wrigley Field history. After Mr. Banks retired in 1971 he became the first Cubs player to have his number retired.

Mr. Banks participates in a variety of activities off the field. He is the founder and chairman of the board of the Ernie Banks Live Above and Beyond Foundation. The foundation provides educational scholarships and promotes social welfare through programs that eliminate prejudice and discrimination among various age groups and races. Programs are presented by successful sports and business personalities who strive to improve and develop the capabilities of underprivileged children. Ernie is also the chief executive officer of  Lets Play Two!, an events marketing company. 

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