Ernie Banks

Baseball Walk of Fame

Banks is one of eight professional baseball players to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S. He received the honor from President Barack Obama in 2013

When Banks debuted on Sept. 17, 1953, he became the first African-American player in Cubs history.

Banks' 2,528 games are the 11th most in history for a player who spent his entire career with only one team.

He retired in 1971 and was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

The beloved baseball player died on January 23, 2015 at the age of 83.

Ernie Banks in Action

Comment Stream