There was never a better shortstop in my era. Sure, there was Pee Wee and Phil Rizzuto, but it was Banks that led the way.
Mr. Cub, or as some would call him, Mr. Sunshine' played his entire major league career with the Cubs (19-yrs) was an National League All-Star for 11 of those seasons, playing in 14 all-star-games. He had to play 5 years in the Negro Leagues for the Kansas City Monachs before fighting in the war. Only then would he he allowed to play for the Cubs who he became Most Valuable Player for in both 1958, and 1959.