On September 19, 1955, Ernie Banks became the first major league player to hit five grand slams in one season.
Unfortunately the game ended with the Cubs losing the game to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The seventh inning grand slam put the Cubs at a 5-0 lead. The Cards scored in the seventh and eighth to get the game to go to extra innings. The game ended with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning when Rip Repulski hit a solo home run off of Jim Davis.
Banks played for the Cubs for all 19 years of his career. He appeared in 11 All-Star games and won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award twice. He was also the 1967 recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. At the end of his career he totaled 512 home runs and earned his way into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Banks was the first black player to sign with the Chicago Cubs. The young talent was found playing for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League where he played from 1950 to ’53.
Banks will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November of this year for his life of service. His foundation helps people in different situations like reversing wrongful convictions and caregiver training.
“He never complained about his team’s bad luck or bad talent, never stopped playing the game with joy, never stopped giving his all, never lost his proud demeanor, and never acted like anything but a winner. He was a symbol of the Cub fan’s undiminishing resilience. If he could be happy to come to the park each afternoon, then so could we.” – Joe Mantegna on Mr. Cub