Ernie Banks was one of many star MLB players to pave the way for future African-American players.
A native of Dallas, Banks made his MLB debut in 1953.
Soon, the young Banks would become a Chicago Cubs legend and earn the nickname, “Mr. Cub.”
He was a two-time National League MVP, a 14-time All-Star, and a Gold Glove shortstop.
By the end of his career, it was enough to earn him a place in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Today marks a special day in Cubs history.
On this day in 1931, Banks was born.
On Twitter, a Cubs fan honored the franchise legend with a commemorative post.
Happy Birthday In Heaven Ernie Banks ~ The Chicago #Cubs legend was born on this day in 1931! #MrCub #MLB #Baseball #History pic.twitter.com/VEJqlhJNp7
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) January 31, 2023
Banks had a career WAR of 67.7 over the course of his 19-year MLB career.
He also hit for a lifetime average of .274, collected 2,583 career hits, hit a total of 512 home runs, and stole 50 bases.
And Cubs fans fell in love with him.
After all, he was an easy player to admire, as he would come to the ballpark every day with a smile from ear to ear and say his catchphrase, “Let’s play two,” while expressing what a lovely day it was to play some baseball.
His infectious energy and enthusiasm was admired all over the City of Chicago and the baseball world.
Banks retired after the 1971 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.
The star shortstop sadly passed away in 2015 at the age of 83, but his energy will always be remembered on the North Side of Chicago.NEXT: MLB Fans Remember A Legendary Dexter Fowler Moment