Ernie Banks (1931-2015) Shortstop. Banks starred for the Chicago Cubs from 1953 to 1971. An 11-time All-Star, Banks was named the National League’s (NL) Most Valuable Player for two consecutive seasons (1958–59). He hit more than 40 home runs in five different seasons, leading the NL in that category in 1958 and 1960. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977. Signed NL (Giamatti) ball with very slight toning. Copy of Auction House letter along with our COA included.