Today in Cubs History: Ernie Banks Hit Home Run No. 500 (1970)

On this day in 1970, the All-Time Greatest Cub, Ernie Banks “Mr. Cub” hit the famed home run number 500 against the Atlanta Braves. It’s been a long 48 years since that game, but that home run is still remembered by millions to this date.

We will never forget the historic call of the home run sent into the left field bleachers by legendary Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse. “That’s it! That’s it! Hey! Hey! He did it! Ernie Banks got number 500!” Those words were incredibly spoken and made the history books for not only an incredible call but of course an incredible accomplishment by Banks.

Banks played for the Cubs from 1953 to 1971, 19 seasons in total and was a 14-time All-Star, 2-time MVP, Gold Glove recipient in 1960, 2-time NL home run leader, and a 2-time NL RBI leader all with the Cubs. Banks was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame back in 1977, with 83.8% of the vote on his first ballot, and the only inductee that year.

He hit 512 home runs, only one of two Former Cubs all-time to achieve that historic milestone. Banks averaged .274 in his career of over 2500 games played, with a .330 on-base percentage, and an astonishing .500 slugging percentage.

This day will always be remembered in Cubs history as an All-Time greatest moment. Behind, well you know, the 2016 World Series Final Out.


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