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Ernie Banks

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
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Full Name: Ernest Banks
Profession: MLB shortstop

United States of America

Biography: Nicknamed "Mr. Cub", Ernie Banks spent all of his 19 seasons (1953-71) with the Chicago Cubs.

Banks won back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player awards in 1958 and 1959 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

Born: January 31, 1931
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: January 23, 2015 (aged 83)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1953-04-06 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (22) weds Mollye Louise
  • 1959-07-02 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage
  • 1984-06-14 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (53) weds Marjorie Wardlawholm

Historical Events

  • 1953-09-17 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player
  • 1953-09-20 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR
  • 1955-09-19 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season
  • 1959-11-04 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP
  • 1961-06-22 MLB Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive games played streak
  • 1961-06-23 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
  • 1964-08-15 Mayor Richard Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago
  • 1965-09-02 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his MLB 400th career HR (off Curt Simmons) in Chicago's 5-3 win v St. Louis at Wrigley Field; Simmons also gave up Willie Mays' 400th HR in 1963
  • 1965-10-03 Cubs lose season finale 6-3 to Pirates; Ernie Banks-Don Kessinger combine to tie MLB record of 3 triple plays in a season
  • 1970-05-12 Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run
  • 1971-12-01 Chicago Cubs release longtime star and future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, ending his 19-year MLB career; announce Banks will serve as a coach on manager Leo Durocher's staff; Banks finishes with 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI
  • 1973-05-08 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs managerr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager
  • 1977-01-19 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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