(January 31, 1931 – January 23, 2015)
On January 23, 2015, Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks passed away.
The picture above is a baseball card I collected when I was a young child and I still have. I got it in 1968 or 1969.
I wrote another blog post about Wrigley Field that included Ernie Banks on May 1, 2014.
Ernie was the first African American player to play for the Chicago Cubs.
He played for the Chicago Cubs his entire career from 1953 until 1971, hitting 512 home runs.
He was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Ernie was always a warm, positive, enthusiastic human being.
One of Ernie’s most famous quotes was:
“There’s sunshine, fresh air, and the team’s behind us. “Let’s play two.”
What is your edge of sunshine, fresh air and having a team behind you?
What are you grateful for? Who is on that team behind you?
What is your edge of “playing two?”
What are your passionate about?
Ernie, you will be missed.
Stephen Lesavich, PhD
Co-author of the award winning book: The Plastic Effect: How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.
Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine