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Ernie Banks’s 500th Home Run Video

By bullpenbrian - December 22, 2012 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

I once heard Ernie Banks say he’ll listen to Jack Brickhouse’s call of his 500th home run when he’s down on his luck.

“Jarvis fires away (crack!)…that’s a fly ball deep to left – back, back…that’s it, that’s it, Hey Hey!…he did it, Ernie Banks got number 500…a line drive shot into the seats in left…the ball tossed to the bullpen…everybody on your feet…this is it!…here’s one of the great moments in baseball history and the United States of America, particularly in Chicago!”

The Cubs won 4-3 vs. the Braves on that Tuesday afternoon of May 12, 1970. Ron Santo played third and Billy Williams hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Puts a smile on my face, too.

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