Ernie is one of only 20 players as of 2007 to have hit more than 500 career home runs. He finished his career with a total of 512.
On Sept. 17, 1953, Ernie followed in the footsteps of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black baseball player for the Chicago Cubs.
Ernie was one of the most feared hitters in his day, drawing top-10 intentional walk totals 9 times and leading the league twice.
Ernie led the National League in extra base hits 4 times and finished in the top-10 3 other times. He had a career high of 83 in 1957.
Banks won the 1960 Gold Glove Award and the 1967 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Banks finished in the top-10 in total bases 8 times including his career high and National League leading 379 in 1958.
Ernie won back-to-back National League MVP Awards in 1958 and 1959 as well as the 1967 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Banks led the National League in games played six times with a career high of 156 coming in 1957 and being equaled in 1960.
Ernie scored 1,305 runs in his career. He twice score over 100 runs in a season with his career high of 119 coming in 1958 when he finished second in the National League.
Ernie hit more than 40 home runs in a season five times. His career high came in 1958 when he hit 47.
Banks: The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose.
Banks: You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace.
Banks: I like my players to be married and in debt. That's the way you motivate them.
Banks: The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money.
Banks: Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics.
Ernie: Let's play two.