I did get the chance to meet Ernie one time. Briefly, but that's plenty enough. It was at a gathering that used to be held once a year called Windy City West, where Chicagoans living in Los Angeles would get together, and spectacular food was flown in from Chicago. (Ah, I do miss that event...) Ernie Banks was there several years, and that's when I cross paths and had a chance to talk. It will not shock you to learn that he's a very nice guy. But then, what would you expect from a ballplayer with a renowned sunny disposition, who coined the phrase, "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame here at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. Let's play two!"
Happily, I now also have an autographed ball from him. "To my pal, Bob Elisberg. Faith. Ernie Banks."
Here below is my pal, Ernie.
Never too late. Let's buy two.