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Full Name: Ernest Banks Primary Position: 1B,SS
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/180 First Game: September 17, 1953
Birthdate: January 31, 1931 Final Game: September 26, 1971
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas MLB Experience: 19 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977


Biography

Ernie Banks (Ernest Banks) was born on January 31, 1931 in Dallas, Texas. He made his Major League debut on September 17, 1953 for the Chicago Cubs. In 1954, his rookie year, he hit .275 with 19 home runs and 79 RBI. Banks played for the Chicago Cubs for his entire 19 year career.

Most people believe that Ernie Banks's best season was 1958, when he slugged 47 home runs, hit for a .313 average and knocked in 129 runs.

Banks, as a shortstop, teamed with 2nd baseman Gene Baker to form the Major Leagues' first African-American keystone combo.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1953 CHI N 10 35 3 11 2 6 .314 .385 .571 1 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0
1954 CHI N 154 593 70 163 19 79 .275 .326 .427 19 7 40 50 7 5 6 3 11
1955 CHI N 154 596 98 176 44 117 .295 .345 .596 29 9 45 72 2 0 9 6 16
1956 CHI N 139 538 82 160 28 85 .297 .358 .530 25 8 52 62 0 0 6 18 7
1957 CHI N 156 594 113 169 43 102 .285 .360 .579 34 6 70 85 3 2 8 11 12
1958 CHI N 154 617 119 193 47 129 .313 .366 .614 23 11 52 87 4 1 4 12 14
1959 CHI N 155 589 97 179 45 143 .304 .374 .596 25 6 64 72 7 2 2 20 18
1960 CHI N 156 597 94 162 41 117 .271 .350 .554 32 7 71 69 4 0 1 28 14
1961 CHI N 138 511 75 142 29 80 .278 .346 .507 22 4 54 75 2 0 1 21 11
1962 CHI N 154 610 87 164 37 104 .269 .306 .503 20 6 30 71 7 0 5 3 19
1963 CHI N 130 432 41 98 18 64 .227 .292 .403 20 1 39 73 4 1 0 16 7
1964 CHI N 157 591 67 156 23 95 .264 .307 .450 29 6 36 84 3 1 1 11 16
1965 CHI N 163 612 79 162 28 106 .265 .328 .453 25 3 55 64 6 0 3 19 16
1966 CHI N 141 511 52 139 15 75 .272 .315 .432 23 7 29 59 5 4 0 10 15
1967 CHI N 151 573 68 158 23 95 .276 .310 .455 26 4 27 93 3 8 2 8 20
1968 CHI N 150 552 71 136 32 83 .246 .287 .469 27 0 27 67 5 9 2 4 12
1969 CHI N 155 565 60 143 23 106 .253 .309 .416 19 2 42 101 7 8 0 7 15
1970 CHI N 72 222 25 56 12 44 .252 .313 .459 6 2 20 33 1 1 0 3 5
1971 CHI N 39 83 4 16 3 6 .193 .247 .325 2 0 6 14 0 3 0 1 1
Total 2528 9421 1305 2583 512 1636 .274 .330 .500 407 90 763 1236 70 45 50 201 229

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1953 CHI N SS 10 0 0 19 33 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1954 CHI N SS 154 154 1373.1 312 475 34 105 0 0 0 0 0 .959
1955 CHI N SS 154 0 0 290 482 22 102 0 0 0 0 0 .972
1956 CHI N SS 139 0 0 279 357 25 92 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1957 CHI N SS 100 98 894.1 168 261 11 59 0 0 0 0 0 .975
1957 CHI N 3B 58 58 504 73 87 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1958 CHI N SS 154 154 1361 292 468 32 100 0 0 0 0 0 .960
1959 CHI N SS 154 154 1371.1 271 519 12 95 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1960 CHI N SS 156 156 1375.2 283 488 18 94 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1961 CHI N SS 104 102 883.1 173 358 19 68 0 0 0 0 0 .965
1961 CHI N 1B 7 7 61 68 6 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1961 CHI N LF 23 23 199.2 33 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .972
1961 CHI N OF 23 23 199.2 32 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1962 CHI N 1B 149 148 1305.1 1458 106 11 134 1 0 0 0 0 .993
1962 CHI N 3B 3 2 18 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1963 CHI N 1B 125 117 1054 1178 78 9 97 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1964 CHI N 1B 157 153 1344 1565 132 10 122 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1965 CHI N 1B 162 161 1435.2 1682 93 15 143 2 0 0 0 0 .992
1966 CHI N 1B 130 127 1111.1 1178 81 10 88 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1966 CHI N 3B 8 5 49 5 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .842
1967 CHI N 1B 147 146 1282.2 1383 91 10 111 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1968 CHI N 1B 147 145 1232 1379 88 6 118 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1969 CHI N 1B 153 147 1301.2 1419 87 4 116 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1970 CHI N 1B 62 57 504.1 528 35 4 53 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1971 CHI N 1B 20 18 160.2 167 12 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total LF 23 23 199.2 33 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .972
Total 1B 1259 1226 10792.2 12005 809 80 1005 3 0 0 0 0 .994
Total OF 23 23 199.2 32 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .974
Total 3B 69 65 571 82 99 6 13 0 0 0 0 0 .968
Total SS 1125 818 7259 2087 3441 174 724 0 0 0 0 0 .969

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Chicago Cubs (September 8, 1953).
  • Released by Chicago Cubs (December 1, 1971).

Trivia

  • 11 Time All-Star: (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969)


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