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A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: Didn’t play his first game of organized baseball until he was 17 years old. Five years later, Mr. Banks was playing shortstop for the Cubs. Plays the deepest shortstop in the league, since his strong throwing arm allows Ernie to get the baseball to first in time. One of ten children from the Banks family of Dallas, Ernie played with younger brother Benjamin with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League, where he was spotted by Chicago scouts playing the infield and smacking home runs.


Birth Date: January 31, 1931
Birth Location: Dallas, TX
Death Date: January 23, 2015
Death Location: Chicago IL, USA
Weight: 180 lb
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Bats: R
Throws: R
Debut Date: September 17, 1953
Final Game Date: September 26, 1971
Years Played: 19
Games Played: 2,528
At Bats: 9,421
Runs: 1,305
Hits: 2,583
Doubles: 407
Triples: 90
Home Runs: 512
RBIs: 1,636
Stolen Bases: 50
Base on Balls: 763
Batting Average: 0.274
Position: First Baseman

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