Ernie Banks

Birthdate 1/31/1931
Death Date 1/23/2015
Debut Year 1953
Year of Induction 1977
Teams Cubs
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.

In the collection:

Ernie Banks' handprint and autograph

Ernie Banks' handprint and autograph

Perhaps one of the more unique items in the collection is this handprint of Ernie Banks. After inking up his hand and fingers, Banks applied them to this sheet of paper which he later autographed. The National League’s back-to-back Most Valuable Player in 1958, and 1959, Banks finished his car

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"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball…"

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