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Chicago Cubs Let's Play Two LithographItem no: 973342 Price: $159.99
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by Good Sports Art
It's May 12, 1970, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and 39-year-old Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, has just cracked the 500th home run of his magnificent Hall of Fame career. The blast, which lands 2 rows up in the left field bleachers and caroms back onto the field, comes off Atlanta Braves righthander Pat Jarvis.
Product FeaturesBanks, who came to the Cubs from the Negro League's Kansas City Monarchs in 1953, becomes only the ninth player in baseball history to reach the 500 mark (5 others have done it since). Today, Banks and Eddie Mathews are tied for 12th on the all-time HR list with 512 each. In his 19-year major league career, all with the Cubs, Banks belted 12 grand slams, drove in over 100 runs 8 times and connected for over 40 home runs in a season 5 times. He was the National League's home run leader in 1958 and 1960 and won the Most Valuable Player award twice, in 1958 and 1959. Banks was the Cubs' shortstop from 1954 through 1961 before spending the remainder of his career at first base. Although he never participated in a post-season game, he'll always be remembered for his great spirit ("Let's play 2!") and for his place among baseball's elite in the 500 home run club.
- Artist's name: Bill Purdom
- Dimensions: 21 5/8 in x 29 5/8 in
- Release date: 1996
- Edition size: 600
- Hand numbered and signed by the artist
- From an original painting
- This lithograph is shipped in a heavy-duty cardboard tube for protection