Amazingly, Ernie Banks is turning 80 years old today. I have seen recent pictures of Ernie at various Cubs and baseball related events and he looks great!!
‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization. His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’. Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.
Unfortunately Banks never played 1 single inning, never batted 1 time, never took the field 1 time in the playoffs. For someone that means so much the sport of baseball and specifically to the city of Chicago, it would have been great to see Ernie Banks play when the games counted the most!