Ernie Banks
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"Ernest" ""Ernie"" "Banks", nicknamed ""Mr. Cub"" and ""Mr. Sunshine"", was an Americans/American professional baseball player. He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop and first baseman for 19 seasons, 1953 through 1971. He spent his entire MLB career with the Chicago Cubs. He was a National League (NL) All-Star for 11 seasons, playing in 14 Major League Baseball All-Star Game/All-Star Games. Banks is regarded by some as one of the greatest players of all time.

Banks, born and raised in Dallas, Texas, entered Negro league baseball in 1950, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. He served in the US military for two years and returned to the Monarchs before beginning his major league career in September 1953. Banks made his first MLB All-Star Game appearance in 1955. He received two consecutive National League Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player/Most Valuable Player awards in 1958 and 1959, and received his first and only Rawlings Gold Glove Award/Gold Glove award for shortstop in 1960.

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Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics.

It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!

The Cubs are gonna shine in sixty-nine.

The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money.

The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose.

The Cubs are due in sixty-two.

Did you hear that? I didn't hear anything. Put that question another way.

I like my players to be married and in debt. That's the way you motivate them.

It's such a nice day, let's play too.