Ernie Banks won two consecutive Most Valuable Player Awards (1958 & 1959), but did you know he won those awards with a team (Chicago Cubs) that finished in fifth place?
During the 1957 season, Ernie Banks was knocked down by a pitch thrown by Don Drysdale, Bob Friend, Bob Purkey, and Jack Sanford. Umpire Tom Gorman remembered that season and added, "And each time he was knocked down, Banks hit their next pitch (at-bat) out of the park!"
Why did they refer to Ernie Banks as "Mr. Cub"? Perhaps it was because he is the Chicago Cubs record holder for at-bats (9,421), extra-base hits (1,009), games played (2,528), home runs (512), and total bases (4,706)!