A Seventh Inning Stretch and Walk Down Memory Lane With Ernie Banks

Ernie_Banks.jpg-10326As a lifelong Cubs fan, my favorite time at Wrigley is the singing of “Take me out to the ballgame.” The youtube clip below shows my boyhood idol Ernie Banks doing the honors at Wrigley with Tom Morello during the 7th inning stretch of a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates.

I met Banks as a kid and I used to hang around outside of Wrigley with my friends to catch the balls that he hit over the wall. We would have gloves and transistor radios to our ears while dodging cars in the road to catch a Banks hit. I met him a couple times because he lived near us on the Northside. I would never trade any of our Banks cards from the gum packages. I must have had a dozen of them. It brought back all those memories with this song.

15 thoughts on “A Seventh Inning Stretch and Walk Down Memory Lane With Ernie Banks”

  1. If you’re going to talk baseball don’t talk out of your ass. I let your other BS go, but not baseball.

  2. Caray announced for the A’s and White Sox for over a decade after leaving the Cards. He left the Cards in 1969. He didn’t sign w/ the Cubs until 1981. He was a buffoon by the end of his career. He was a great announcer w/ the Cards. He and Piersall doing White Sox games in the 70’s were good announcers, truth tellers, which is rare in baseball broadcasting, and hilarious. He started singing Take Me Out w/ the Pale Hose.

  3. Wrigley Field is the best baseball stadium in America. I am a Cardinal fan and I have been to Wrigley approximately 25 times. Harry Carey left the Cards for the Cubs and was the best singer of Take Me Out To The Ballgame. When the Cubs play anyone other than the Cards then I root for the Cubs.

  4. Bonnie, Most ballparks sing Take me out to the Ballgame in the 7th. All parks do God Bless America on Sundays in the 7th. Players stand w/ hats off for that, and then most parks go right into Take Me Out. In Milwaukee, they always follow up w/ the Beer Barrel Polka.

  5. They don’t sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” any more, which is truly sad. They sing God Bless America, which began after 9/11.

  6. Even though I am a lifelong Sox fan, I went with friends to Wrigley for Ernie Banks day. He is Mr. Cub for a reason and when he was younger, he was an excellent defensive shortstop, besides being an MVP caliber hitter.

  7. That takes me back to the early 50’s when I was allowed to take the El. to Wrigley field. I met Connie Mack, Chief Bender (third base coach), Minnie Minosa and many other players. Thanks for the Memory.

  8. Jonathan – you have got to start proof-reading.

    As a lifelong Cubs fan, my favorite time at Wrigley is the signing of “Take me out to the ballgame.”

  9. I didn’t know you were a Waveland Ave. rat!! I lived @ 2136 Waveland. Ernie Banks is one of my favorite players of all time. He goes straight to heaven when he dies. He served whatever penance is required for having to play for the most inept franchise in sports history.

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