Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, is art. A statue of Ernie Banks is on the side of Wrigley Field, approximately 100 feet north of the Addison Avenue and Clark Street intersection in Chicago. Lou Cella is Ernie’s sculptor. Rotblatt-Amrany Fine Art Studio is the sculpture’s sponsor.
This inanimate Ernie Banks is bronze. The statue is between three and five feet tall. Ernie is standing on a plinth facing south.
From 1953-1971, Ernie Banks played for the Chicago Cubs. His usual position was shortstop, but he also played at first base and third base. Ernie became a Chicago Cubs coach when he relinquished his active player status.
In 1955, the writing on the statue’s plinth declares that Ernie scored five grand slams. In that year his batting average was .295. Ernie hit 44 home runs in that year.
In 1958, Ernie Banks was the National League’s Most Valuable Player. He scored 47 home runs. His batting average was .313.
Ernie Banks was again the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1959. In that year he batted 589 times. Other statistics are hits = 179, home runs = 45, RBIs = 143 and runs = 97.
Ernie’s lifetime statistics are impressive. He is #1 in games played—2,528. He is #1 in home runs—512 and #1 in at bats—9,421. He is #2 with 2,583 hits and 1,636 RBIs.
Ernie Banks never played in a World Series game; the Cubs’, last, World Series game was in 1945, which they lost. Ernie Banks easily ranks as the most famous Chicago Cub. (Banks loved to sign autographs for Cubs fans.) “Let us play two!”