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Ernie Banks 10/4/15/73 B

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-1428
Run Time
0h 2m 10s
Mag Stripe
Date Produced
circa 1972
This film features scenes of Ernie Banks coaching baseball, speaking at a press conference, and playing for the Chicago Cubs. 

Ernie Banks played for the Chicago Cubs from 1953 to 1971, first as a shortstop and then as first baseman. He was the Cubs' first African American player. Regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time and known for his cheerful personality, Banks, also known as Mr. Cub, became just the 9th player to hit 500 home runs in his career in 1970. Banks retired from playing in 1971 but continued to coach first base for the Cubs until 1974. He was named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.  He died January 23, 2015 in Chicago at the age of 83. 
The film opens with Ernie Banks on the baseball field explaining to the camera that sometimes you have to expel a burst of energy when playing professional baseball. The scene then switches to show Banks training and practicing with teammates. 

In the next scene, Banks is seated at a press conference. He speaks about looking forward to new challenges with coaching, and appears to be holding back tears. 

The next scenes show Banks playing on the field. He warms up on first base, and then strikes out. While he walks back to the dugout the crowd cheers, and Banks tips his hat. 

The last scene features Banks hitting a home run at Wrigley Field. The crowd cheers wildly as he rounds the bases to thunderous applause. He tips his hat and shakes hands with officials upon reaching home plate, and is congratulated by teammates as he heads back to the dugout. 
Main Credits
Koza, Frank (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Banks, Ernie (is participant)
Related Place
Chicago (represents)