1996 Ernie Banks Canadian Club Card on Card Signature with COA
Ernest "Ernie" Banks (January 31, 1931 - January 23, 2015) nicknamed "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine", was an American professional baseball player who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a shortstop and first baseman for the Chicago Cubs between 1953 and 1971. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
Banks is regarded by some as one of the greatest players of all time. He began playing professional baseball in 1950 with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro leagues. He served in the U.S. military for two years, played for the Monarchs again, and began his major league career in September 1953. The following year, Banks was the National League Rookie of the Year runner-up. Beginning in 1955, Banks was a National League (NL) All-Star for 11 seasons, playing in 13 of the 15 All-Star Games held during those seasons. Banks was the Cubs' main attraction in the late 1950s, the National League Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959, and the Cubs' first Gold Glove winner in 1960.
14x All-Star (1955-1960, 1961-1962, 1965, 1967, 1969)
2x NL MVP (1958, 1959)
Gold Glove Award (1960)
2x NL home run leader (1958, 1960)
2x NL RBI leader (1958, 1959)
Chicago Cubs #14 retired
Major League Baseball All-Century Team