Let's play two : the legend of Mr. Cub, the life of Ernie Banks

by Rapoport, Ron,

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Summary

Ernie Banks, the first-ballot Hall of Famer and All-Century Team shortstop, played in fourteen All-Star Games, won two MVPs and a Gold Glove Award, and twice led the Major Leagues in home runs and runs batted in. His signature phrase, "Let's play two," has entered the American lexicon and exemplifies an enthusiasm and optimism that endeared him to fans everywhere.

But Banks's public display of good cheer was also a mask that hid a deeply conflicted and complex man. He spent his entire career with the Chicago Cubs, who fielded some of baseball's worst teams, and became one of the greatest players never to reach the World Series. He endured poverty and racism as a young man, and the scorn of Cubs manager Leo Durocher as an aging superstar. Yet Banks smiled through it all, never complaining and never saying a negative word about his circumstances or the people around him.

Based on numerous conversations with Banks, and on more than a hundred interviews with family, teammates, friends, and associates--as well as oral histories, court records, and thousands of other documents and sources-- Let's Play Two tells Banks's story along with that of the woebegone Cubs teams he played for. This fascinating chronicle features Buck O'Neil, Philip K. Wrigley, the Bleacher Bums, the doomed pennant race of 1969, and much more from a long lost baseball era.

Contents
Prologue: Omaha
A blessed child
1717 Fairmount
Booker T
On the road
Leaving home
Apprenticeship
Monarchs of all they surveyed
Army life
"Going to Chicago, sorry I can't take you"
Ernie Banks and Mr. Cub
North side, South side
The master builder
Future shock
MVP! MVP!
The slough of despond
The once and future cub
Let's play two
The rock of the family
Bright college days
He was why we fell in love with the game
The lull before the storm
Himself
Over
"Daddy, where were you?"
Teammates
And yet so far
The most unpopular man in chicago
"This is not an eighth-place team"
The best of times, the worst of times
"Change the flag!"
Bleacher bums
In the world
"Break out the champagne"
A bunch of old men
Questions and answers
Riding the pines
Sunday in America
Coda
Being Ernie Banks
Man at work
Family ties
"How's your wife?"
Rounding third
Epilogue: Graceland.

Additional Information
Subjects Banks, Ernie, -- 1931-2015.
Chicago Cubs (Baseball team) -- History.
Chicago Cubs (Baseball team)
Baseball players -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
African American baseball players -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
African American baseball players.
Baseball players.
Illinois -- Chicago.
Biography.
History.
Publisher New York :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Let us play two
Language English
Description pages cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780316318631
0316318639
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