Dallas native Ernie Banks played in his first of 2,528 major league baseball games on September 17, 1953.
The lanky shortstop spent his entire career with the lowly Chicago Cubs never once appearing in the World Series. Banks won the National League “Most Valuable Player” award in 1958 and again the next season. He retired in 1971 with a lifetime batting average of .274, 2,583 hits and 512 home runs. Six years later, “Mr. Cub” was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.