Ernie Banks was the first African American to play for the Cubs, and he quickly became one of the best players in baseball. His brilliance on the field made him a Hall of Famer, but it was his boundless optimism that made him an icon. This book presents for the first time a complete portrait of the ballplayer, the public persona, and the man. Join author Doug Wilson as he discusses and signs copies of his new book, Let's Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks.
"Wilson is a former college baseball player, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, and the author of four previous books on baseball. He's a serious student of the game, a meticulous researcher, and a fine writer . . . Wilson provides details of Banks' North Dallas youth, his stint with the Kansas City Monarchs, and his emergence in the fifties as one of baseball's first Black stars . . . Wilson gets behind Banks' cheerful persona to reveal the man's deep-seated melancholy, again using interviews to bring out a complex personality. A well-constructed, empathetic biography." --Booklist
Doug Wilson is a former college baseball player and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He is the author of Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds (2010), The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych (2013), Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson (2014), and Pudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk (2015). His books have been finalists for the Casey Award and SABR's Seymour Medal as the best baseball books of the year and The Bird was selected by the Library of Michigan as a Michigan Notable book for 2014.Wilson lives in Columbus, Indiana.
When Ernie Banks passed away in 2015, he was regarded as one of the most beloved men in baseball history. Making his start as a shortstop with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues as a teenager, Banks went on to become the first African American to play for the Chicago Cubs. Known affectionately as "Mr.