Ernie Banks Statue

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.

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September 2, 1965
Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run off Curt Simmons.  The Cubs defeat the Cardinals 5-3 at Wrigley Field.

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September 16, 1959, game 2
Ernie Banks RBI double ties the Pirates 2-2 in the 8th inning and Sammy Taylor's walk-off, 2-run home run in the 9th inning gives Cubs a 4-2 over Pirates at Wrigley Field. 

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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.  

August 27, 1954
Cubs defeat Phillies 4-3 in 12 innings on Gene Baker's bunt.  Ernie Banks sends the game into extra inning with a solo HR. 

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).

April 20, 1956
Cubs win their home opener 12-1 over the Reds.  Ernie Banks hits a home run and Monte Irvin homers in his first game as a Cub.   Sam Jones pitches a complete game and strikes out 9 Reds.

July 17, 1956
Trailing 2-0 into the bottom of the 9th inning, Cubs tie the game on Hobie Landrith's home run & Ernie Banks RBI single.  Turk Lown pitches 7 scoreless innings for the Cubs to allow Gene Baker to win it for the Cubs with a walk-off RBI single in the 16th inning for a 3-2 Cubs victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field.

June 30, 1957
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs trail 2-0 into the 9th inning as Moose Moryn doubles home Bobby Morgan and Ernie Banks ties it hitting into a double play scoring Chuck Tanner.  Banks wins it for the Cubs in the 11th with an RBI double driving in Bob Speake.

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 4, 1957
At Wrigley Field, Moe Drabowsky pitches a 2-hit complete game shutout as the Cubs defeat the Reds 1-0.  Ernie Banks homers for the only run of the game. 

September 14, 1957

Ernie Banks hits 3 home runs in a 7-3 Cubs victory over the Pirates.

April 15, 1958    
Cubs defeat the Cardinals 4-0 on opening day in St. Louis.  Jim Brosnan and 3 Cubs relief pitchers combine on a 7-hit shutout.  Moose Moryn & Ernie Banks both have 2 hits and an RBI in the game.  Cal Neeman hits a 9th inning home run. 

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 5, 1958
Cubs blow a 9-3 lead as the game goes into extra innings, but Ernie Banks saves the day with a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning for a 10-9 victory at Wrigley Field.  Banks goes 4 for 5 on the day with 3 singles, a home run, 2 runs scored & 3 RBI. 

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. 

July 1, 1959 
Cubs trail 5-1 into 8th inning, but rally to tie game in 8th, Al Dark's 2-run single being the big hit in a 6-5 Cubs win.  Bobby Thomson gets the walk-off RBI single in the 9th inning driving in Ernie Banks against Lindy McDaniel who later pitched for the Cubs.  Cubs defeat Cardinals 6-5 at Wrigley Field.  Cardinals starting pitcher was Ernie Broglio.

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.

August 29, 1959
Ernie Banks hits a grand slam off Warren Spahn, but Braves defeat the cubs 11-4 at Wrigley Field.  Hank Aaron hits 2 home runs for the Braves. 

September 16, 1959, game 2
Ernie Banks RBI double ties the Pirates 2-2 in the 8th inning and Sammy Taylor's walk-off, 2-run home run in the 9th inning gives Cubs a 4-2 over Pirates at Wrigley Field.

September 23, 1959
Cubs and Giants combine for 7 home runs (Gians: Orlando Cepeda & Willie Mays (2), Cubs: Ernie Banks, Cal Neeman, Lee Walls,  George Altman).  Cal Neeman's HR is the walk-off home run in the 10th as Cubs defeat the Giants 9-8 at Wrigley Field. 

May 2, 1960
Cubs lead  5-4 going into the ninth inning, the Phillies score 3 runs off the
Cubs Don Elston, but the Cubs come back to score 3 as well. 

Don Zimmer's single scoring Ernie Banks is the walk-off winner as Cubs defeat the Phillies 8-7 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. 

August 25, 1960
At Wrigley Field, Glen Hobbie pitches a six-hit, complete game.  Ernie Banks homers for the Cubs and Hobbie even hits the walk-off home run in the 9th inning as Cubs defeat the Pirates 2-1.

August 30, 1960
Ernie Banks walk-of HR in 9th inning defeats Reds 5-4 at Wrigley Field. 

April 15, 1961
The Cubs got a walk-off victory on 4/14/61 when Al Heist singled in 9th inning with 2 outs and Sammy Taylor followed with a 2-run walk-off home run.

The next day, the Cubs are tied 5-5 into the 9th inning and they get a 2nd straight walk-off to begin their home season as Al Heist hits a grand slam scoring Cubs greats,  Don Zimmer, Ron Santo and Ernie Banks.

May 3, 1961
Giants defeat the Cubs 8-4 despite Ernie Banks 2 home runs.

May 19, 1961
Ernie Banks doubles in Al Heist in the first inning for the first and only run of  the game as Glenn Hobbie pitches a complete game shutout to defeat the Cardinals, 1-0.

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. 

July 28, 1961
Reds defeat the Cubs 4-3 at Wrigley Field.  Ernie Banks homers twice.

August 17, 1961
At Wrigley Field, in game 1 of a doubleheader, Cubs hit 4 home runs, 2 by Ernie Banks, 1 each by Andre Rodgers & Ron Santo as the Cubs defeat the Pirates 11-4. 

August 18, 1961
Dick Ellsworth pitches 11 innings and earns the victory as Cubs defeat Pirates.  Ernie Banks RBI double is the walk-off hit. 

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.  

July 25, 1962
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Phillies 5-2.  Ernie Banks homers twice and drives in 3 runs.

May 1, 1963
Cubs score 8 runs in the final 4 innings to overcome an 8-5 Cardinals lead.   Cubs win 13-8.  Ernie Banks goes 3 for 4 with two 3-run home runs and drives in 7 runs.  Nelson Matthews, Dick Bertel & Ken Hubbs also homer for the Cubs.

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.

May 17, 1964
Trailing 4-1 into the ninth inning, with only 2 hits in the game, the Cub come back to score 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and defeat the  Reds 5-4.   Leo Burke leads off the ninth inning with a single and moves to 2nd on a walk to Billy Williams. Ron Santo gets hit by a pitch to load the bases for Ernie Banks. Banks drives in 2 runs with a single to make the score 4-3. Andre Rodgers strikes out for the 1st out of the inning. Pinch hitter, Jimmy Stewart ties the game with a sacrifice fly and Billy Cowan gets the walk-off single, driving in Ernie Banks with the deciding run as the Cubs defeat the Reds 5-4 at Wrigley Field.

July 26, 1964
Ernie Banks & Ron Santo homer as the Cubs defeat the Houston Colt 45's at Colt Stadium 3-0.  Larry Jackson pitches a 5-hit complete game shutout.  

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.

May 9, 1965
Ernie Banks homers twice as the Cubs defeat the Astros 7-1 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader.

May 23, 1965
Dodgers score 2 runs in the first inning and it takes a 9th inning sacrifice fly by Doug Clemens scoring Ron Santo to tie the game 2-2.   The Cubs bullpen pitches 9 scoreless innings, striking out 12 Dodgers batters (Ted Abernathy, Lindy McDaniel & Dick Ellsworth).  In the bottom of the 16th inning, George Altman gets a walk-off bases loaded walk, scoring Ernie Banks as Cubs defeat the Dodgers 3-2 in 16 innings.

August 29, 1965
At County Stadium in Milwaukee, Cubs HOF'ers Ernie Banks, Ron Santo & Billy Williams have a big day.  the 3 of them hit 5 HR's (2 each by Santo & Banks).  They score all 10 Cubs runs, have 7 hits, drive in 9 of the 10 runs with 4 walks.  Cubs defeat the Braves 10-2.

September 2, 1965

Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run off Curt Simmons.  The Cubs defeat the Cardinals 5-3 at Wrigley Field.

September 21, 1965
At Wrigley Field, Ron Santo & Ernie Banks hit back to back 1st inning home runs and Santo's 2nd home run in the 8th inning wins it for Cubs 7-5.  Santo drives in 6 of the 7 Cubs runs.  Santo's home run comes off Phils 22 year old rookie, Fergie Jenkins.  The first MLB run Fergie ever gave up, his first loss in his one and only regular season game pitched against the Cubs. 

July 20, 1966

Ernie Banks gets his 2,000 career hit in MLB. 

August 25, 1966
Byron Brown 8th inning HR to tie, Cubs win the game when Don Kessinger scores on a wild pitch with Ernie Banks batting.

May 24, 1967, game 2
At Wrigley Field, the Reds defeat Cubs 4-3 in game 1 of a doubleheader, however Cubs come back late in game 2 to get a walk-off 4-3 victory to earn a sweep.  Ernie Banks 8th inning RBI single ties the game 3-3 and Don Kessinger gets the walk-off hit, driving in Adolfo Phillips with the winning run.

June 9, 1967
Trailing 5-3 into the 8th inning, Cubs score 2 runs.  Ernie Banks double and scores.  Adolfo Phillips has an RBI triple.  Cubs win it in the 9th on Ernie Banks RBI single driving in Glenn Beckert. 

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. 

July 16, 1967
At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader over the Giants.  In Game 1, Ernie Banks hits a 3-run home run, Adolfo Phillips hits a grand slam and Ray Culp pitches a 6-hit complete game shutout.  In Game 2, Ernie Banks homers again and Ron Santo's 9th inning sacrifice fly gives the Cubs a 3-2 win.

Septmeber 4, 1967

Ernie Banks hit s a walk-off HR in 11th inning as cubs defeat Dodgers 2-1.

May 2, 1968
Ernie Banks accounts for the only Cubs run with a home run as Joe Niekro outduels Jim Bunning for the 1-0 Cubs victory. 

July 17, 1968
In the 1st game of a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium, the Cubs defeat the Phillies 8-4. Ernie Banks goes 3 for 5 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI.

July 31, 1968
Cubs hit 4 home runs, 2 by Ernie Banks, one each by Billy Williams & Jim Hickman & Fergie Jenkins pitches a 3-hit complete game as the Cubs defeat the Astros 6-1 at Wrigley Field. 

August 21, 1968
In 1st game of a doubleheader, the Cubs score 3 in 7th to come back and defeat the Braves 5-4.  Ernie Banks hits 2 home runs.   Cubs take 2nd game 13-4, Billy Williams drives in 7 runs in game 2 and has 9 RBI for the doubleheader.  

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. 

May 14, 1969
The Cubs streak of 3 consecutive shutouts end, but Bill Hands pitches well.  Cubs come back in the 9th to tie the score on Ernie Banks home run and Willie Smith wins it with a walk-off RBI single scoring Adolfo Phillips. 

June 22, 1969
Cubs score 4 runs in the 9th inning to defeat the Expos 7-6.  Ernie Banks has an 2-run single and Jim Hickman follows with a walk-off 2-run home run.

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

  • 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)

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

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Ernie Banks Hall of Fame Induction Speech

Ernie Banks Hall of Fame Speech

Ernie Banks
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)

Ernie Banks Statue Photo