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Banks, Ernest

Born: 1931 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
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1931 – Born on the 31st of January in Dallas, Texas.

1950 – Signed with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League.

1953 – Played in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs as their first black player.

1955 – Set the record for grand slams in a single season, at an amazing 5.

1958-1959 – Banks won the National League Most Valuable Player Award.

1960 – Awarded by Gold Glove.

1962 – Banks wore number 14 as a Cub, and is one of only four Cubs players who have had their number retired by the organization.

1965 – Banks hit his 400th home run on the 2nd of September.

1967 – Banks was awarded by Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.

1970 – Chicago’s Wrigley Field, hit his 500th home run.

         – Finished his career with 512 home runs, the most ever by a shortstop.

1971 – Retired as a player, and the Cubs signed him as a coach.

1977 – Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1999 – He ranked Number 38 on The Sporting News list of Baseball’s Greatest Players.

         – He was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

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