Known affectionately to his fans as "Mr. Cub," Ernie Banks is truly an American legend. Mr. Banks delighted and inspired baseball fans for nearly two decades. From 1955 to 1960, he hit more home runs than anyone in the majors had before him and was the National League's Most Valuable Player two consecutive years (1958-1959). After a memorable career playing shortstop and first base for the Chicago Cubs, Mr. Banks retired in 1971 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. He was the first Cub player in history to have his number retired. Mr. Banks is also active in a variety of activities off the field. He is the founder and chairman of the board of the Ernie Banks Live Above and Beyond Foundation. The foundation provides educational scholarships and promotes social welfare through programs that eliminate prejudice and discrimination among various age groups and races. Mr. Banks is also the chief executive officer of Let's Play Two!, an events marketing company.