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Title Let's play two : the legend of Mr. Cub, the life of Ernie Banks / Ron Rapoport.
Author Rapoport, Ron, author.
Publication [New York] : Hachette Books, 2019.
Edition Unabridged.
Description 1 online resource (1 sound file (15 hr., 40 min., 19 sec.))
Time 154019
Description digital rdatr
audio file rdaft
Call # eAUDIO
Performer Read by Charley Steiner.
Summary The definitive and revealing biography of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, one of America's most iconic, beloved, and misunderstood baseball players, by acclaimed journalist Ron Rapoport. Ernie Banks, the first-ballot Hall of Famer and All-Century Team shortstop, played in fourteen All-Star Games, won two MVPs, and twice led the Major Leagues in home runs and runs batted in. He outslugged Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Mickey Mantle when they were in their prime, but while they made repeated World Series appearances in the 1950s and 60s, Banks spent his entire career with the woebegone Chicago Cubs, who didn't win a pennant in his adult lifetime. Today, Banks is remembered best for his signature phrase, "Let's play two," which has entered the American lexicon and exemplifies the enthusiasm that endeared him to fans everywhere. But Banks's public display of good cheer was a mask that hid a deeply conflicted, melancholy, and often quite lonely man. Despite the poverty and racism he endured as a young man, he was among the star players of baseball's early days of integration who were reluctant to speak out about Civil Rights. Being known as one of the greatest players never to reach the World Series also took its toll. At one point, Banks even saw a psychiatrist to see if that would help. It didn't. Yet Banks smiled through it all, enduring the scorn of Cubs manager Leo Durocher as an aging superstar and never uttering a single complaint. Let's Play Two is based on numerous conversations with Banks and on interviews with more than a hundred of his family members, teammates, friends, and associates as well as oral histories, court records, and thousands of other documents and sources. Together, they explain how Banks was so different from the caricature he created for the public. The book tells of Banks's early life in segregated Dallas, his years in the Negro Leagues, and his difficult life after retirement; and features compelling portraits of Buck O'Neil, Philip K. Wrigley, the Bleacher Bums, the doomed pennant race of 1969, and much more from a long-lost baseball era.
Note Online resource; title from title details screen (OverDrive, viewed April 1, 2019).
Subject Banks, Ernie, 1931-2015.
Chicago Cubs (Baseball team) -- History.
Baseball players -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
African American baseball players -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black.
Banks, Ernie, 1931-2015. (OCoLC)fst00337545
Chicago Cubs (Baseball team) (OCoLC)fst00548369
African American baseball players. (OCoLC)fst00799042
Baseball players. (OCoLC)fst00828007
Illinois -- Chicago. (OCoLC)fst01204048
Genre Downloadable audio books.
Audiobooks. (OCoLC)fst01726208
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author Steiner, Charlie, narrator.
OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
ISBN 9781549175527 (electronic audio bk.)
1549175521 (electronic audio bk.)

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