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.
This Day in Chicago Cubs history-Ernie Banks
September 17, 1953
Ernie Banks MLB debut is not a good one for the Cubs as the Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Cubs 16-4 at Wrigley Field. Not a much better day for the Cubs great as Banks goes 0 for 3 and makes an error at shortstop.
September 20, 1953
At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals defeat the Cubs 11-6. Ernie Banks collects both his first MLB home run and triple in the Cubs loss.
May 11, 1955
In 1955, Ernie Banks set the NL record for grand slams in a season with 5 4-run home runs. He hit the first one this day at Wrigley Field against the Dodgers in a 10-8 Cubs win.
August 2, 1955
At Wrigley Field, Cubs defeat the Pirates 12-4 as Ernie Banks hits a Grand Slam. His 4th Grand Slam of the seasons ties the major league record
August 4, 1955
Ernie Banks gets 4 hits, 3 of them home runs and drives in 7 runs as the Cubs defeat the Pirates 11-10 at Wrigley Field
September 2, 1955
Ernie Banks hits his 40th home run of the season which sets a single season record for a shortstop.
September 19, 1955
Ernie Banks hits his 5th grand slam of the season in 7th inning off Lindy McDaniel of the Cardinals. Cubs lose to the Cardinals 6-5 in 12 innings.
Bank's 5 grand slams in a season remain an NL record (Albert Pujols tied the record in 2009). Don Mattingly and Travis Hafner hold the ML record with 6 grand slams in a season (1987 and 2006).
July 18, 1957
Ernie Banks and Chuck Tanner both hit inside the park home runs, but Cubs blow an early lead as the Pirates score 4 in the 9th to defeat the Cubs 6-5 in Pittsburgh.
September 14, 1957
Ernie Banks hits 3 runs in a 7-3 Cubs victory over the Pirates.
July 14, 1958
Cubs come back multiple times after trailing early 9-3, the team scores 4 runs in 9th inning to tie the game 9-9. Banks double drives in a run and he scores the tying run. In the 11th, his single began a 2-run rally that won the game for the Cubs on Moose Moryn's double scoring both Banks & Sammy Taylor
July 16, 1958
Cubs get come from behind victories in both ends of a doubleheader against Reds.
GM1 Bobby Thomson drives in Lee Walls & Ernie Banks with a 2-run double
for a walk-off 5-4 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
GM2 Cubs come back in Game 2 to win 7-5. This time the 3-run rally was in
the 8th inning.
August 21, 1958
At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks drives in all 5 Cubs runs with 2 HR"s and a double as Cubs defeat Pirates 5-3
August 14, 1959
Cubs, Dale Long hits a pinch hit home run for the 2nd consecutive day. The HR gives the Cubs a 5-4 lead and was followed in the inning by an Ernie Banks HR that helped the Cubs defeat the Giants 7-5 at Wrigley Field
June 14, 1960
Cubs defeat Braves 3-2 as Glen Hobbie pitches CG 2-hitter. Ernie Banks & Frank Thomas homer for Cubs.
August 17, 1960
Glen Hobbie & don Drysdale are in a pitcher's duel until Ernie Banks hits a walk-off home run in the ninth off Drysdale for a 1-0 Cubs victory at Wrigley Field
June 23, 1961
Ernie Banks consecutive game streak that dates back to 1956 ends at 717 games played. Cubs defeat Braves 5-3 at Wrigley
April 18, 1962
Ernie Banks hits a walk-off HR in the 10th inning for a 3-2 Cubs victory. It is his 300th career home run.
May 29, 1962
Ernie Banks returns to line-up for the first time since being hit in the head with a pitch and hits a double and 3 home runs, but it still isn't enough as the Cubs lose the Braves 11-9 at Wrigley Field.
June 10, 1962
In 2nd game of DH, Ernie Banks ties the game with a 2-out, 3-run HR & Andre Rodgers walk-off double gives the Cubs a 5-4 win.
June 9, 1963
3 Ernie Banks home runs aren't enough as Dodgers defeat Cubs 11-8 at Wrigley. 2 of the HR's were against HOF, Sandy Koufax.
April 12, 1965
I've heard of no crying in baseball and I thought there were no ties in baseball also, however this opening day game ended in a 10-10 tie in a game called by darkness at Wrigley Field. An exciting ninth inning as the Cubs trailed 9-6 with 2 outs and no one on base. Ron Santo proceeded to walk, George Altman singled and Ernie Banks tied the game 9-9 with a 3-run homerun. Because the game ended in a tie and another game also during the season ending in a tie, Ron Santo & Billy Williams both played in 164 games in 1965.
September 2, 1965
Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run off Curt Simmons. The Cubs defeat the Cardinals 5-3 at Wrigley Field.
July 20, 1966
Ernie Banks gets his 2,000 career hit in MLB.
June 25, 1967
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs sweep the Astros in a doubleheader 4-1 and 8-0. Bill Hands throws a 5-hitter in gm1 and in gm2, Joe Niekro gives up just 3 hits. Ernie Banks hits (2) 2-run home runs in game 2.
Septmeber 4, 1967
Ernie Banks hit s a walk-off HR in 11th inning as cubs defeat Dodgers 2-1.
May 13, 1969
Ernie Banks hits 2 home runs, a double and drives in 7 runs as the Cubs demolish the Padres 19-0 at Wrigley Field. Bank's drive in his 1500th RBI in his MLB career in the game.
August 24, 1969
Trailing 8-2 at Wrigley Field in Gm1 of DH, Cubs come from behind to defeat the Astors 10-9. Ernie Banks, Billy Williams & Ron Santo all have 3 hits. Banks had 2 home runs
September 19, 1969
Jim Hickman hits a walk-off double as Cubs defat Cardinals 2-1 in 10 innings Ernie Banks gets his 2,500 career hit.
May 12, 1970
Ernie Banks hits his 500th MLB home run.
June 17, 1970
Ernie Banks & Wille Mays both homer at Wrigley Field. 1st time in MLB history that (2) 500+ HR hitters homer in same game
August 24, 1971
Ernie Banks hits his 512th, and final, MLB home run in a 5-4 Cubs victory over Reds at Wrigley Field.
September 26, 1971:
Ernie Banks gets his 2,583rd hit, a 1st-inning single off the Phils' Ken Reynolds, but the Cubs lose, 5 - 1. It is the last hit of Banks's 19-year major league career.
August 22, 1982
Cubs retire Ernie Banks #14
Born: January 31
Debut: September 17, 1953
Final Game: September 26, 1971
A few more Important days in Chicago Cubs history for Ernie Banks
November 4, 1959
Ernie Banks wins 2nd consecutive MVP
August 8, 1977
Ernie 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)