Top 5 Most Memorable Cubs All-Star Moments: #4 -1960: Ernie Banks hits first career All-Star Game home run
A little history lesson in baseball. From 1959-1962, there were two All-Star Games played. The second contest was implemented to help fund the MLB players' pension funds as well as other causes. The idea was quickly vacated due to fears of watering down the event's novelty.
During the league's first All-Star Game in 1960, Cubs great Ernie Banks smashed his first career All-Star Game home run to aid in the NL's 5-3 victory of the AL at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Banks would finish his illustrious career with 14 All-Star appearances and a first ballot induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Two seasons later, Banks would play in an All-Star Game in front of his home crowd. In 1962, the All-Star Game returned to Wrigley for the first time since 1947. Banks wasn't voted as a starter but did see playing time. Mr. Cub hit a triple off pitcher Hank Aguirre and scored a run in the National League's 9-4 loss on the North Side.