Ernie Banks Stats

Ernie Banks was born on Saturday, January 31, 1931, in Dallas, Texas. Banks was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 17, 1953, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ernie Banks baseball stats page.

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Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#36 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1988pac01' title='1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Ernie Banks Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#36 | Checklist )

Career
Wild Card
Division
LCS
World Series
Birth Name:
Ernest Banks
Nickname:
Mr. Cub
Born On:
01-31-1931  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Dallas, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-23-2015 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Chicago, Illinois
Cemetery:
Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
High School:
Booker T. Washington High School (Dallas, TX)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
09-17-1953 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-26-1971
Draft:
Not Applicable

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks Pitching Stats

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Ernie Banks Hitting Stats

1953 22 Cubs 10 35 3 11 1 1 2 0 6 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 .314 .385 .571
1954 23 Cubs 154 593 70 163 19 7 19 0 79 40 3 50 5 4 7 11 .275 .326 .427
1955 24 Cubs 154 596 98 176 29 9 44 5 117 45 6 72 0 3 2 16 .295 .345 .596
1956 25 Cubs 139 538 82 160 25 8 28 0 85 52 18 62 0 3 0 7 .297 .358 .530
1957 26 Cubs 156 594 113 169 34 6 43 0 102 70 11 85 2 5 3 12 .285 .360 .579
1958 27 Cubs 154 617 119 193 23 11 47 0 129 52 12 87 1 8 4 14 .313 .366 .614
1959 28 Cubs 155 589 97 179 25 6 45 2 143 64 20 72 2 9 7 18 .304 .374 .596
1960 29 Cubs 156 597 94 162 32 7 41 1 117 71 28 69 0 6 4 14 .271 .350 .554
1961 30 Cubs 138 511 75 142 22 4 29 1 80 54 21 75 0 6 2 11 .278 .346 .507
1962 31 Cubs 154 610 87 164 20 6 37 0 104 30 3 71 0 10 7 19 .269 .306 .503
1963 32 Cubs 130 432 41 98 20 1 18 0 64 39 16 73 1 8 4 7 .227 .292 .403
1964 33 Cubs 157 591 67 156 29 6 23 1 95 36 11 84 1 6 3 16 .264 .307 .450
1965 34 Cubs 163 612 79 162 25 3 28 0 106 55 19 64 0 7 6 16 .265 .328 .453
1966 35 Cubs 141 511 52 139 23 7 15 0 75 29 10 59 4 5 5 15 .272 .315 .432
1967 36 Cubs 151 573 68 158 26 4 23 0 95 27 8 93 8 4 3 20 .276 .310 .455
1968 37 Cubs 150 552 71 136 27 0 32 1 83 27 4 67 9 2 5 12 .246 .287 .469
1969 38 Cubs 155 565 60 143 19 2 23 1 106 42 7 101 8 7 7 15 .253 .309 .416
1970 39 Cubs 72 222 25 56 6 2 12 0 44 20 3 33 1 3 1 5 .252 .313 .459
1971 40 Cubs 39 83 4 16 2 0 3 0 6 6 1 14 3 0 0 1 .193 .247 .325
19 Years 2,528 9,421 1,305 2,583 407 90 512 12 1,636 763 201 1,236 45 96 70 229 .274 .330 .500

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Ernie Banks Fielding Stats

1953 Cubs SS 10 10 269 53 5.3 52 19 33 1 9 n/a n/a n/a .981 5.22
1954 Cubs SS 154 154 4,120 821 5.3 787 312 475 34 105 n/a n/a n/a .959 5.16
1955 Cubs SS 154 154 4,129 794 5.2 772 290 482 22 102 n/a n/a n/a .972 5.05
1956 Cubs SS 139 139 3,684 661 4.8 636 279 357 25 92 n/a n/a n/a .962 4.66
1957 Cubs 3B 58 58 1,512 163 2.8 160 73 87 3 12 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.86
1957 Cubs SS 100 98 2,683 440 4.4 429 168 261 11 59 n/a n/a n/a .975 4.32
1958 Cubs SS 154 154 4,083 792 5.1 760 292 468 32 100 n/a n/a n/a .960 5.03
1959 Cubs SS 154 154 4,114 802 5.2 790 271 519 12 95 n/a n/a n/a .985 5.18
1960 Cubs SS 156 156 4,127 789 5.1 771 283 488 18 94 n/a n/a n/a .977 5.04
1961 Cubs 1B 7 7 183 75 10.7 74 68 6 1 8 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.92
1961 Cubs LF 23 23 599 36 1.6 35 33 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.58
1961 Cubs SS 104 102 2,650 550 5.3 531 173 358 19 68 n/a n/a n/a .965 5.41
1962 Cubs 1B 149 148 3,916 1,575 10.6 1,564 1,458 106 11 134 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.78
1962 Cubs 3B 3 2 54 5 1.7 5 4 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.50
1963 Cubs 1B 125 117 3,162 1,265 10.1 1,256 1,178 78 9 97 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.72
1964 Cubs 1B 157 153 4,032 1,707 10.9 1,697 1,565 132 10 122 n/a n/a n/a .994 11.36
1965 Cubs 1B 162 161 4,307 1,790 11.0 1,775 1,682 93 15 143 n/a n/a n/a .992 11.13
1966 Cubs 1B 130 127 3,334 1,269 9.8 1,259 1,178 81 10 88 n/a n/a n/a .992 10.20
1966 Cubs 3B 8 5 147 19 2.4 16 5 11 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .842 2.94
1967 Cubs 1B 147 146 3,848 1,484 10.1 1,474 1,383 91 10 111 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.34
1968 Cubs 1B 147 145 3,696 1,473 10.0 1,467 1,379 88 6 118 n/a n/a n/a .996 10.72
1969 Cubs 1B 153 147 3,905 1,510 9.9 1,506 1,419 87 4 116 n/a n/a n/a .997 10.41
1970 Cubs 1B 62 57 1,513 567 9.1 563 528 35 4 53 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.05
1971 Cubs 1B 20 18 482 179 9.0 179 167 12 0 15 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.03
1B Totals 1,259 1,226 32,378 12,894 10.2 12,814 12,005 809 80 1,005 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.69
SS Totals 1,125 1,121 29,859 5,702 5.1 5,528 2,087 3,441 174 724 n/a n/a n/a .969 5.00
3B Totals 69 65 1,713 187 2.7 181 82 99 6 13 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.85
LF Totals 23 23 599 36 1.6 35 33 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.58
19 Years 2,476 2,435 64,549 18,819 7.6 18,558 14,207 4,351 261 1,742 n/a n/a n/a .986 7.76

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Ernie Banks Miscellaneous Stats

1953 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 17.5 7.0 5.8 - - -
1954 Cubs 6 10 .375 0 0 n/a 31.2 11.9 7.5 - - -
1955 Cubs 9 3 .750 0 0 n/a 13.5 8.3 5.1 - - -
1956 Cubs 6 9 .400 0 0 n/a 19.2 8.7 6.3 - - -
1957 Cubs 8 4 .667 0 0 n/a 13.8 7.0 5.8 - - -
1958 Cubs 4 4 .500 0 0 n/a 13.1 7.1 4.8 - - -
1959 Cubs 2 4 .333 1 0 n/a 13.1 8.2 4.1 - - -
1960 Cubs 1 3 .250 0 0 n/a 14.6 8.7 5.1 - - -
1961 Cubs 1 2 .333 6 0 n/a 17.6 6.8 6.4 - - -
1962 Cubs 5 1 .833 4 0 n/a 16.5 8.6 5.9 - - -
1963 Cubs 0 3 .000 7 0 n/a 24.0 5.9 6.8 - - -
1964 Cubs 1 2 .333 1 0 n/a 25.7 7.0 6.2 - - -
1965 Cubs 3 5 .375 2 0 n/a 21.9 9.6 5.8 - - -
1966 Cubs 0 1 .000 8 0 n/a 34.1 8.7 6.8 - - -
1967 Cubs 2 2 .500 5 0 n/a 24.9 6.2 6.0 - - -
1968 Cubs 2 0 1.000 5 0 n/a 17.3 8.2 6.7 - - -
1969 Cubs 0 0 .000 6 0 n/a 24.6 5.6 5.3 - - -
1970 Cubs 0 0 .000 11 0 n/a 18.5 6.7 5.0 - - -
1971 Cubs 0 0 .000 19 1 n/a 27.7 5.9 13.8 - - -
19 Years 50 53 .485 75 1 n/a 18.4 7.6 5.8 - - -

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1953 Chicago Cubs 14 $2,000.00 - -
1954 Chicago Cubs 14 $6,000.00 - -
1955 Chicago Cubs 14 $10,000.00 Stats -
1956 Chicago Cubs 14 $17,500.00 Stats -
1957 Chicago Cubs 14 $20,000.00 Stats -
1958 Chicago Cubs 14 $27,500.00 Stats -
1959 Chicago Cubs 14 $45,000.00 Stats -
1960 Chicago Cubs 14 $50,000.00 Stats -
1961 Chicago Cubs 14 $57,500.00 Stats -
1962 Chicago Cubs 14 $55,000.00 Stats -
1963 Chicago Cubs 14 $55,000.00 - -
1964 Chicago Cubs 14 $57,500.00 - -
1965 Chicago Cubs 14 $52,500.00 Stats -
1966 Chicago Cubs 14 $55,000.00 - -
1967 Chicago Cubs 14 $65,000.00 Stats -
1968 Chicago Cubs 14 $65,000.00 - -
1969 Chicago Cubs 14 $60,000.00 Stats -
1970 Chicago Cubs 14 $85,000.00 - -
1971 Chicago Cubs 14 $85,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Ernie Banks was the first National League player to win consecutive Most Valuable Player Awards (1958 & 1959)? His American League counterpart is Jimmie Foxx , the first junior circuit player to win consecutive MVP Awards (1932 & 1933).

Did you know that Ernie Banks was the first African-American player in Chicago Cubs history to appear in a regular season game ( Team-by-Team History )? Gene Baker was signed first, but an injury delayed his appearance, paving the way for Mr. Cub.

Did you know that Ernie Banks was the first Chicago Cubs player to win a Gold Glove Award ? Mr. Cub won in 1960, at shortstop, followed by Ken Hubbs , who won a Gold Glove Award at Second Base , in 1962. The next Cubbie shortstop to win was Don Kessinger (1969 & 1970).

Did you know that Ernie Banks was the first player in baseball history to hit five grand slams in a single season ? The history making grand slams were hit on: #1. May 11, 1955 (off Russ Meyer ), #2. May 29, 1955 (off Lew Burdette ), #3. July 17, 1955 (off Ron Negray ), #4. August 2, 1955 (off Dick Littlefield ), and #5. September 19, 1955 (off Lindy McDaniel ). His Major League record was broken in 1987, by Don Mattingly who hit six (and was tied by Travis Hafner in 2006), but his mark still stands in the National League having only been tied, by Albert Pujols , in 2009.

Ernie Banks made his Major League debut on September 17, 1953 , then played in 424 consecutive games - the Major League record for most consecutive games from the start of a career for 50+ years. Hideki Matsui made his Major League debut on March 31, 2003 , then played in a record breaking 518 consecutive games.

Ernie Banks consecutive games played from the start of a career streak ended due to an 18-day trip to the disabled list because of a hand infection. On August 28, 1956, Mr. Cub started a new streak, played in 717 consecutive games , but a nagging knee caused him to miss breaking the National League record (at the time) for consecutive games played set by Stan Musial (895 games, 04-15-1952 thru 08-23-1957).

Ernie Banks Hall of Fame Plaque
Ernie Banks | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1977 ( HOF )
Fourteen Major League players have stepped onto the field since 1903, played in 2,000+ games, and never once appeared in a postseason game. They are: #1. Ernie Banks (2,528, #2. Luke Appling (2,422), #3. Mickey Vernon (2,409), #4. Buddy Bell (2,405), #5. Ron Santo (2,243), #6. Joe Torre (2,209), #7. Toby Harrah (2,155), #8. Harry Heilmann (2,147), #9. Eddie Yost (2,109), #10. Roy McMillan (2,093), #11. Don Kessinger (2,078), #12. George Sisler (2,055), #13 Cy Williams (2,002), and #14. Adam Dunn (2,001).

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