Ernie Banks Passes at Age 83


By: Jacob Fain

When you think about the golden age of baseball you think of the 1960’s; you think of Koufax and the Dodgers, Mickey and the Yankees, and of course Ernie Banks and his Cubs.

From September 17th, 1953 to September 26th 1971 there was one mainstay for those Lovable losers in Chicago. He wore number 14 and played in the beautiful green outfield at Wrigley Field. The man nicknamed “Mr.Cub” played everyday as if it was his last, and that made him special.

Banks played in the Negro league for the Kansas City Monarchs, served two years  in the army, and later returned to baseball with the Cubs. In the next five years Banks would swipe up his first gold glove, an all-star game appearance and an MVP award. In 1977, six years after his retirement, Banks was inducted into the hall of fame with an 86% vote. He went in with, Eddie Mathews the long time Braves third baseman, and  Gil Hodges Who played for both the Dodgers and Mets. It is a very sad day in Baseball when we lose such a great ambassador for the game. Mr.Cub is gone but in no way forgotten.

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