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Monarchs Banks signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs This was no ordinary signing This was the first signing of an African American for the Chicago Cubs Only a few years after his signing 1953 Banks became a favorite amongst the Wrigley fans He had an amazing second full season smacking forty-four homeruns and batting a cool 275 He also scored ninety-eight runs and drove in one hundred and seventeen runs He gained himself a Major League record with five grandslams this season These were only a small stint of what was to come in Chicago In 1957 Ernie hit over forty homeruns again and did so the next three years He was the first shortstop to hit over forty homeruns four years straight His forty-seven homeruns in 1958 was also a record for homeruns by a shortstop He wasnt done yet Banks continued his fearsome batting for the next ten years He broke numerous records and set himself down as a great all around player He earned himself National League honors by being the first man to win consecutive Most Valuable Player awards He won titles for best fielding average setting an NL season record for shortstops After moving to first base Banks excelled once more leading all fielding average for first basemen Ernie Banks was the coming-of-age for the Chicago Cubs He changed the game while exhilerating the crowd with joy He was and is a true warriorand a pretty good baseball player aswell Doing this report has allowed me to learn more about this all-time great and also gave me a good model for courage Ernie Banks did not allow being
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