Ernie Banks, fully Ernest "Ernie" Banks, nicknamed "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine"

Banks, fully Ernest "Ernie" Banks, nicknamed "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine"

American Baseball Player

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I was thinking (when he hit his 500th home run) about my mother and dad, about all the people in the Chicago Cubs organization that helped me and about the wonderful Chicago fans who have come out all these years to cheer me on. They?ve been a great inspiration to me.

It would be a lot different for me because there is a lot of information that you need to know about as a player. How pitchers are pitching you, how defenses are playing, certain situations about certain pitchers.

It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!

It's a kind of philosophy of my own life, to create the energy enough to keep on going.

Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I?ve ever thought I?d have.

Mr. Wrigley believed in this: Put all your eggs in one basket and watch the basket. They don?t do that today. This is the old-fashioned way I?m taking about. He carried it on to his business. Do one thing and stay with it.

No, I think the pitching today has more depth.

People ask me a lot about the values I got from playing for the Cubs for so many years. The value I got out of it was patience. A lot of people these days are not very patient.

Another friend hired me to open doors for him in the moving and relocation business. I did that for 10 years, am still doing it. And I do some work for the Cubs, in community relations.

The Cubs are due in nineteen-sixty-two.

Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics.

The Cubs are gonna shine in sixty-nine.

Baseball reveals character; golf exposes it.

The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose.

But it all comes down to friendship, treating people right.

The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money.

Did you hear that? I didn't hear anything. Put that question another way.

Work? I never worked a day in my life. I always loved what I was doing, had a passion for it.

During my time, there might have been one pitcher or two that were top pitchers on a team. Teams that won maybe had three, but today they have a lot of depth. They have a lot of long relievers, short relievers, and the strategy is different.

You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace.

I learned from Mr. Wrigley, early in my career, that loyalty wins and it creates friendships. I saw it work for him in his business.

I like my players to be married and in debt. That's the way you motivate them.

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