Cubs historical sleuthing: More Ernie Banks!

The Cubs Hall of Famer is in a mystery photo. But I’ve figured it out.

Ernie Banks was obviously photographed many, many times during his Hall of Fame career with the Cubs from 1953-71.

This photo of him in a road game was a tough one, but I think I’ve got it figured out.

Getty Images, where the photo came from, says it’s from the “late 1950s.” That has to be 1957 or later, because the Cubs only started wearing that style of road uniform (with the piping on the sleeves and collar and pants) that year.

So your next clue is the catcher. Only one National League team wore uniforms like that in that era — the Phillies. So this photo, then, was taken at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. The Cubs wore road uniforms like that through 1968.

There’s a zero in the catcher’s uniform number. There were only two men who caught for the Phillies and wore a number ending with zero in that era — Jimmie Coker (1960-61) and Cal Neeman (also 1960-61, and a former Cub). Both wore No. 10.

Your next clue is that it’s obviously a day game. That leaves two games, oddly …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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