1969 Topps
Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks died yesterday.

As a kid, I determined that the best baseball players ever were those that topped the home run list.

And for the longest time, Ernie Banks was near the top tied at 512 with Eddie Mathews.

When I was 8, I remember being out with my dad and hearing all about Ernie Banks on the radio as he was about to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

When I was barely a teen, I remember seeing one of his cards in the 25-cent bin of my local baseball card shop. I bought it.

I never met Ernie Banks. I never saw him play. But I knew that, along with being a superstar player, he was a superstar of a person: an attitude towards the game equal to his playing ability.

RIP 'Mr. Cub." RIP Ernie Banks.

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Anonymous nhiepphong said...

Wow very nice post.You talk about baseball difference past and present.Now this game is very modern.Thanks for this post.I am waiting for your next post.

May 29, 2016 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ernie & the Cubs came to OKC for an exhibition game vs the White Sox back in about '63. Tiny little AAA ballpark. All the big names actually played. Afterward I hung out outside the dressing room, gawking at my heroes as they emerged. Hardly anyone noticed them. I got several autographs including his, Billy Williams and Santo, Skowron. One of the best days a kid could have!

February 13, 2019 at 5:52 AM  

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