Flashback: Young Ernie Banks vs. Mickey Mantle in Homerun Derby

It is a shame that so much of the footage of Ernie Banks is from later in his career. His knee problems led to him being heavier and looking less athletic.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many highlights available from earlier in his career. I can’t remember ever seeing any footage of Banks playing shortstop.

So I was glad to stumble upon these classics from Homerun Derby from 1960. They offer a different perspective of Banks. Much slimmer and a bit more subdued in personality. Remember Banks was shy as a younger player. He didn’t stay that way.


Banks vs. Gil Hodges.

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