Ernest Clinton 'Ernie' Banks (born January 31, 1931 in Dallas, Texas), nicknamed 'Mr. Cub', is a retired professional baseball player. He played as a shortstop and first baseman in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 19 seasons on the National League's (NL) Chicago Cubs team, from 1953 through 1971. Banks was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, in 1999. Ernest Clinton Banks was born on January 31, 1931, in Dallas, Texas. Born at around 7:20 PM at a Dallas local hospital, he was the second of ten children born to Clinton Elton Banks (1900-1988); a steelworker and construction and his wife, Elma Banks; a barmaid. Starting at the age of ten, he began playing baseball for the city park of Dallas as well as playing for St. James Elementary School where he also captain of the football and soccer teams. Banks was a letterman and standout in football, basketball, soccer and track at Booker T.