Ernie Banks

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Ernie Banks in 2009

Ernest Banks (born January 30, 1931January 23, 2015), better known as Ernie Banks, is an American former Major League Baseball player who played with the Chicago Cubs (1953–1971). He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.


  • The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money.
  • I like my players to be married and in debt. That's the way you motivate them.
  • Did you hear that? I didn't hear anything. Put that question another way.
  • Sandy Koufax. Sandy was a special problem for me because he possessed exceptional control, speed and a great curve ball. He was highly disciplined, extremely committed and a very private person. These qualities enabled him to concentrate on his profession without a lot of unnecessary distractions.
    • Responding to the question, "Who was the toughest pitcher you faced during your career, and why was he a special problem for you?"; as quoted in "Hall of Famers Name Their Toughest Diamond Foes" by William Guilfoile, in The 1991 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Yearbook; reprinted in Baseball Digest (August 1992), p. 28

Quotes about Ernie Banks[edit]

  • There's another case — Ernie Banks. What could he do other than hit home runs? He didn't hit .300 lifetime. He couldn't play shortstop. He didn't have an arm. He couldn't run.
    • ElRoy Face, questioning Banks' HOF qualifications, immediately after having done so regarding ex-Pirate slugger Ralph Kiner; as quoted in Maz and the '60 Bucs (1993) by Jim O'Brien, p. 306
  • His wrists are the secret of (Ernie) Banks' success. Instead of taking the big Ruthian type swing of the lively ball era, he swings his bat as if it were a buggy whip, striking at the ball with the reflexive swiftness of a serpent's tongue.
    • Bill Furlong in Baseball Stars of 1959.

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