Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Salute to the 15 Greatest U.S. Armed Forces Veteran MLB Players

Memorial Day Weekend Series- Part 3 of 16

No. 14 Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War before beginning an illustrious 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs.

After joining the Cubs for a proverbial cup of coffee in 1953, Banks became a fixture at shortstop the following season and then first base for almost two decades. His body of work, demeanor, work ethic and popularity earned him the title "Mr. Cub."

A banner flies high above Wrigley Field displaying his now retired No. 14 jersey in recognition of his playing excellence. Banks currently ranks 21st in HRs with 512 and 28th with 1,636 RBI all-time.

He also collected considerable accolades during his career, including 2 NL MVP trophies, 1 Gold Glove at shortstop and 11 All-Star selections. Mr. Cub was ultimately inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.


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