Ernie Banks Statue Location
The Ernie Bank Statue at Wrigley Field is located near the entrance of the stadium to the right of the will call ticket station.
Ernie Banks Statue Unveiled
The Ernie Banks Statue Ceremony was held on March 31, 2008. Here is a great You Tube clip with a few old-time photos of Mr. Cub, small clips of Hank Aaron, Billy Williams and Banks speaking at the ceremony and a few fan's memories of Banks. Even Ronnie Woo Woo got into this video!! Enjoy!!
A little bit of Chicago Cubs trivia. The inscription on the other side of Bank's statue has Bank's familiar "Let's Play Two" on it. There was a small mistake on Ernie Bank's statue when it was first unveiled. Do you know what it is? Please scroll down the page for the answer.
Ernie Bank's jersey was the first that the Cubs ever retired in their team history.
There are now 6 Cubs that have received this honor (Banks, Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, Greg Maddux and Ferguson Jenkins).
Who might be the next jersey the Cubs retire?
Born: January 31
Debut: September 17, 1953
Final Game: September 26, 1971
11 time all-star (In 1959, 1960, 1962 named to both all star games those years)
National League MVP in 1958 and 1959
Gold Glove (1960) at Shortstop
Led NL in Home Runs in 1958 (47) and 1960 (41)
Led NL in RBI's in 1958 (129) and 1959 (143)
Important days in Chicago Cubs history for Ernie Banks
May 12 1970 500 Hr versus Pat Jarvis
September 2 1965 400th HR versus Curt Simmons (STL)
April 18, 1962 300th HR versus Turk Farrell (HOU)
June 14, 1959 200th HR versus Carl Wiley (Mil)
June 9, 1957 100th HR versue Robin Roberts (at PhL)
1977 January 19 Ernie banks elected to Hall of Fame
1961 June 16 Ernie Banks plays 1B for the first time.
1969 July 23 Cubs start all 4 infielders in Asll-Star game at RFK stadium in Washington. Banks, Beckert, Kessinger and Santo.
1982 August 22 Cubs retire Ernie Banks #14
1971 August 24 Ernie Banks hits his final HR during a 5-4 loss to the Reds at Wrigley
1953 September 8 Cubs purchase Ernie Banks from Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues for $35,000
1953 September 17 Ernie Banks debut went 0-3 in a 16-4 loss to the Phillies in Wrigley.
1955 September 19 Ernie Banks hits his 5th grand slam of the season in a 5-0 Cubs victory over the Cardinals in Busch stadium. The HR was hit off Lindy McDaniel. The 5th grand slam sets a major league record at the time.
1953 September 20 Ernie Banks first HR Cubs lose in St louis 11-6
1959 November 4 Ernie Banks wins 2nd consecutive MVP
1971 December 1 Ernie Banks retired as player and is named as coach
1977 August 8 Banks is inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame
Ernie Banks Hall of Fame Induction Speech
Perhaps the best and most beloved Cubs player in Chicago Cubs history. Mr. Cub's favorite saying was "Let's Play Two". It displays Banks love of the game of baseball and his infectious enthusiasm all in one. Banks is one of, if not the most accesible former sports stars appearing at many chicago land events.
My mom first picked me up an autograph when Banks was at a local bank and I have met him twice since.
Ernie Banks Statue Typo
The mistake on Ernie Bank's statue was there was no apostrophe on the word Let's. The sculptor, Lou Cella, made the correction 2 days later. If you knew this one, you deserve the label "Diehard Cubs fan". (Source: Ernie Banks, Wikipedia)