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Ernie Banks is an former Major League baseball player who played from 1953 to 1971.
Banks is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. His nickname was Mr. Cub.
Banks signed with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League in 1950 and broke into the major leagues in 1953 with the Chicago Cubs as their first black player. He played for the Cubs his entire career, starting at shortstop and moving to first base in 1962. Banks wore number 14 as a Cub, and is one of only four Cubs players who have had their number retired by the organization. He is well known for his catch phrase of, "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two!", expressing his wish to play a double-header every day out of his pure love for the game of baseball.
Banks won the National League Most Valuable Player Award twice, in 1958 and 1959. This feat is amazing, since the Cubs were never pennant contenders during Banks' career and this award is usually given to players who contribute substantially to their teams' championship drives. A contemporary sportswriter remarked that, "Without Ernie Banks, the Cubs would have finished the season in Albuquerque!"
On September 2, 1965 Ernie hit his 400th home run, 5 years later on May 12, 1970 at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Ernie hit his 500th home run. He stood as the all-time home run leader among shortstops until surpassed by Cal Ripken, Jr.
On December 1, 1971, Banks retired as a player, and the Cubs signed him as a coach.
On May 8, 1973, Cubs manager Whitey Lockman was ejected from the game. Coach Ernie Banks filled in as manager for the last couple innings of the 12-inning 3-2 win over the Padres. Thus, he was technically, if not officially, MLB's first black manager, predating Frank Robinson's hiring by almost two years.
Despite never having appeared in a postseason game, Banks is regarded as the most popular baseball player in Chicago history, leading to his nickname of "Mr. Cub." On August 22, 1982, his uniform number 14 became the first to be retired by the Cubs. It had already been de facto retired for nearly 9 years, not having been assigned to anyone else following Banks' retirement from the coaching ranks.
In 1977, in his first year of eligibility, Banks was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1999, he ranked Number 38 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
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