Ernie Banks

Birthdate 1/31/1931
Death Date 1/23/2015
Debut Year 1953
Year of Induction 1977
Teams Cubs, Negro Leagues
Positions First Base, Shortstop

Ernie Banks was voted the greatest Cub ever in a 1969 fan poll by the Chicago Sun Times. He was a first-ballot choice for the Hall of Fame in 1977.

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Ernie Banks  was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1977; he was named to MLB's All-Century Team in 1999

Ernie Banks was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1977; he was named to MLB's All-Century Team in 1999

Born in Dallas on New Year’s Eve, 1931, Ernie Banks was the second of twelve children. A three-sport letterman in track, football, and basketball in high school, he did not play baseball because the school didn’t have a team. He did, however, play fastpitch softball in a summer church le

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