RIP - SS - Ernie Banks


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. 

One of Chicago's and baseball's finest.


Reese Kaplan said...

For the younger readers here, he was like Troy Tulowitzski but with even more power. Think A-Rod in his prime. He wasn't a baserunner, but he was a competent fielder and a lethal, consistent bat who had a phenomenal attitude that we don't see much anymore. He played for the love of the game and was always known by his suggestion, "Let's play two today." That was back in the day of regular doubleheaders, not the day/night separate admission variety.

Let's play two in honor of Mr. Cub.

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