The entire Cubs team will wear No. 14 in honor of Ernie Banks on Sunday, July 12 at Wrigley Field
The Cubs and White Sox will honor their legends “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks and “Mr. White Sox” Minnie Minoso, both of whom passed away this off-season, when they face each other for the Crosstown Cup Series at Wrigley Field July 10-12 and at U.S. Cellular Field August 14-16.
On Sunday, July 12, the entire Cubs team will wear No. 14 throwback uniforms from 1958 in honor of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. The White Sox will wear uniforms from the same era. That season, Banks made the All-Star team and earned National League MVP honors after hitting .313 while leading the National League in home runs (47), RBI (129), slugging percentage (.614), games played (154), at-bats (617) and total bases (379).
“Chicago baseball fans suffered two incredible losses this winter when legends Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso passed away,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney in a statement. “We’re honored to partner with the White Sox and recognize two of the greatest baseball players to ever represent this city during our upcoming Crosstown Cup Series.”
Inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1977, Banks was a lifelong Cub who played for 19 seasons. He was a 14-time All-Star and back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959.
Ernie Banks hit 512 home runs in his career, and his 277 home runs as a shortstop remain a National League record.
Among Cubs players, Banks ranks first in games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), extra-base hits (1,009) and total bases (4,706); second in home runs (512), RBI (1,636) and hits (2,583); third in doubles (407); fifth in runs scored (1,305); seventh in triples (90); and eighth in walks (763).
Starting while still as a player in 1967, Ernie turned his eye to coaching and served in that role through 1973, becoming the first African American to manage a major league team May 8, 1973, when he took over for the ejected Whitey Lockman.
Ernie Banks was the first Cub to have his number retired in 1982, was voted to Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team in 1999, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.