Ernie Banks, the MVP

On November 4, 1959, Chicago Cub’s legend Ernie Banks, better known as Mr. Cub, was named National League Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season.

In 1959, Banks maintained a .304 batting average with 179 hits and 45 home runs.

The 11-time All-Star and 500 home run club member played for the Cubs all 19 seasons of his professional career and was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1977.

Banks started his professional career with the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs, where Jackie Robinson was also discovered. Banks became the first African-American player to enlist in the Cubs franchise. His charming smile and slugging ability quickly won over the team’s fan base.

Unfortunately for his friends, family and the Cubs organization, Banks passed away on January 23, 2015. He was one of the team’s biggest fans and supporters but like many others, never experienced World Series play.

Today, the Cubs paraded around the city and held a rally, thanking fans for supporting them for the last 108 championship-less seasons.

Anthony Rizzo said it best, “Every single person that has worn this jersey, I feel, won the World Series with us. Dempster, Kerry Wood, Ernie Banks – who is looking down, smiling so bright right now – Billy Williams, Ron Santo. Every single player that’s still living too has been a big reason we’re here and a big part of this.”

Baseball Hall of Fame’s bio


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