Ernie Banks

first_imgMr. Cub, Ernie Banks, passed away recently at the age of 83.  He was one of 12 children born to a poor southern family in the early 1930’s.  The 1977 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee hit 512 home runs in his 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs.  Despite the fact that the Cubs were never real contenders during Banks career, he still managed to be named the MVP of the National League twice.  Not only was Banks a power hitter, but he was also a Gold Glove shortstop.  Despite his slight build his bat carried a wallop.Banks will be forever known for his famous saying “Let’s play two.”  To people my age, this meant a double header.  Today, the only time anyone plays two games in one day is if rain caused a postponement and there is no other way to get that game in unless it is scheduled as a day/night double header.   People in baseball management will remember Ernie Banks as one of its greatest ambassadors.  When Banks walked into a ball park, the whole place lit up because he truly liked what he did!last_img

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