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Banks is not only the greatest Cubs shortstop of all time—he is the greatest Cub. Period.
“Let’s play two,” was his catch phrase—he loved playing baseball and loved playing for the Cubs.
Banks’s numbers speak for themselves: He hit .274 with 512 HR, 1,636 RBI, 2,583 H and 90 3B over 15 seasons with the Cubs.
The shortstop was second to Wally Moon in the 1954 rookie-of-the-year voting and was selected to 11 All-Star teams. Banks won back-to-back MVPs in 1958 and 1959.
Although Banks moved to first base later in his career, he won his only gold glove as a shortstop, in 1960.
Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and truly is the greatest shortstop to ever wear a Cubs uniform.