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Let's Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When Ernie Banks passed away in 2015, he was regarded as one of the most beloved men in baseball history. Making his start as a shortstop with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues as a teenager, Banks went on to become the first African American to play for the Chicago Cubs. Known affectionately as "Mr. Cub," he brought exceptional talent and boundless optimism to ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 15th 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Brina
When my grandmother suffered senile dementia during her later years one of the few people she remembered with little prompting was the one and only Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. Growing up on Chicago’s north side, my grandmother was a Cubs’ fan, helped in part by ladies day on Wednesday that gave women free admission to games on that day. By the time my father and his siblings were growing up, my grandmother was ready to go to games at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoons before her children were. It w ...more
Lance
Ernie Banks was a Hall of Fame player for the Chicago Cubs know primarily for three things: his happy demeanor, his joy for the game of baseball, and oh, by the way, he was a pretty good hitter as well. Banks’ story is told in this excellent, complete biography by author Doug Wilson.

Every aspect of the life of “Mr. Cub” is covered, from Banks’ childhood in Dallas to his life after baseball which included health and financial problems up to his death in 2015. Even then, one of the most enduring
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Harold Kasselman
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If your work colleague showed up every day with a happy greeting, saying what a beautiful day it was to work, regardless of the weather or work conditions, what would you think of that colleague? Is it an act or is it genuine? Doug Wilson's biography of Ernie Banks will provide you with the facts, the interviews, and the life of Banks so that the reader can make its own judgment.I was fortunate enough to have seen Ernie Banks play in person and on television for many years, and to have seen inte ...more
Kasa Cotugno
This was a wonderful biography of a wonderful person, how Ernie Banks became to be known as Mr. Cub and his history through the lean years with his ballclub in his adopted city that loved his upbeat attitude, his acceptance of the Cubs' status, even at the beginning when he was signed and discovered the lackluster proficiency and spirit as compared to that of the Monarchs.
Tom Gase
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good book on Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. I thought the writer, Doug Wilson, does a great job of presenting to the reader if Ernie Banks was everything he said he was or if he was hiding behind an image as a happy-go-lucky guy. The research is great and the writing makes you flip through the pages quickly and not want to put the book down. My only thing keeping this from being a five-star book is I wish it had been a little longer as it was just 200 pages. That being said, not sure Doug Wilson ...more
Zach
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent biography of an excellent and great ballplayer!
Ken Heard
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a nice bio of Cubs' star Ernie Banks, but I felt it could have been a lot longer. Doug Wilson glosses over Banks' military life to the point of only a few graphs. His time in the Negro Leagues was featured only in a short chapter. I was kind of hoping for a huge tome like the big biographies of Willie Mays or Yogi Berra or Henry Aaron or Ted Williams. I'd like to have read more of his experiences in those stages of his life. Instead, this was a shorter, quick read.

There were some good i
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Mark
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Too many digressions for my taste. Content about Banks is good. But there are large chunks that go into the make up of the Cubs, Phil Wrigley, Leo Durocher and the collapse in 1969 to the New York Mets. Although the author does try to connect Banks’ experience to these people and events, I don’t feel it was properly explored to the depth worthy of a biography. More than a few times I checked the title of the book assuming it was about the Cubs and not Banks. I also think there could have been mo ...more
Dick Hamilton
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Lets play two is too short, sort of like a double header with two five inning games. While I enjoyed the book, there was not a lot of detail on the big games of Banks's career. There is another new biography out on Ernie Banks, with the same title, and the other biography is twice as long, so I say, Lets Read Two and go for the other bio as well.
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