On this day in 1970, Erine Banks took a pitch from Braves righty Pat Jarvis over the wall and into the Wrigley Field bleachers for the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career. Rico Carty retrieved the ball after it bounced off a fan’s hand.
Future Hall of Famers would continue to have a big impact on the game — Billy Williams hit a home run off Hoyt Wilhelm in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and Ron Santo would drive in the ...Continue →12Share
I first met Ernie Banks in the summer of 1958. I was in the 10th grade. John Ogden (the scout that would sign me with the Phillies) took a group of us to Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field to see a ballgame between the Cubs and the Pirates. Although I considered myself a basketball player first and foremost, like every other black kid in America at the time… I adored Jackie Robinson and hoped be a major leaguer. Ballplayers like Ernie Banks ...Continue →25Share
On this day in 1970, Chicago Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks swung his way into Major League Baseball history with his 500th home run. The historic moment came when Mr. Cub launched a solo shot into left center field in the second inning against Atlanta Braves righty, Pat Jarvis. The game featured six future Hall of Famers, four on the Cubs (Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Hoyt Wilhelm) and two on the Braves (Hank Aaron and Orlando Cepeda). The Cubs would go on ...Continue →12Share