It's a sad day in the baseball world with the recent passing of Ernie Banks yesterday. He was already a legend, having just been inducted into the Hall of Fame, the year I was born. I remember staring in awe at my first Ernie Banks card a few years ago when I acquired his 1971 Topps card--his last one. It felt like I had finally made it in the baseball card hobby when I could say that I was collecting players like Ernie Banks.
His positive attitude towards the game of baseball is what really made him stand out among his peers. Although I never had the opportunity to watch him play, I did get to see his positive energy and well-spoken mannerisms during Banks' appearances on the original Home Run Derby show that came out in 1960.
Here's Ernie Banks' Topps card from 1960 along with a few of his teammates. I've been slowly compiling this set from an initial 100-card lot purchase that has now grown to nearly 1/3 of the complete set.
I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about Ernie Banks and his legacy throughout the 2015 season.