Just as he did during his 19 year playing career, when he became known for saying "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame…Let's Play Two," Mr. Cub™ Ernie Banks has approached life after baseball with his trademark enthusiasm and commitment to being the best…while always aspiring to bring out the best in others. Ernie has remained loyal and actively involved with Major League Baseball for more than 55 years, serving as an unofficial ambassador for the sport everywhere his global travels take him.
"People ask me about the values I learned from playing for the Cubs for so many years. The value I got out of it was patience," he explained. "A lot of people these days are not very patient. They want things right now. It's a "now" generation. Fame comes and it goes, but I think, with patience and good friendships, you can make the most of everything that comes your way in life."
Ernie celebrated his 79th birthday in January and shows no signs of slowing down. Along with his wife Liz Banks, who is President of The 500 Home Run Club®, LLC www.500hrc.com and co-administrator of the Ernie Banks Live Above and Beyond Foundation, he continues to participate in charitable events and causes, and is one of the most sought out speakers in the sporting and business world. In 2009 he was honored by the Library of Congress Folklife Center's "Baseball Americana" Symposium as one of the greatest players of all time, and the man who best personifies the colorful history and exuberant spirit of "America's Game."
Please join with "Mr. Cub" in supporting the hopes and dreams of underprivileged young people, seniors and their family members who are recipients of funding from the Ernie Banks Live Above and Beyond Foundation™. Your generous donations will enable us to continue implementing our Palliative Care (pre-hospice) Program, Home Caregiver Training, Educational Scholarships,Sports Equipment Donations, Quality of Life Seminars for economically challenged individuals and their families, and to support those Wrongfully Convicted of crimes they did not commit.