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In 1950, Banks’ first season with the Monarchs, he played shortstop and hit a reported .255. He was offered the opportunity to barnstorm with the “Jackie Robinson All-Stars,” which also included Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Larry Doby, who were touring with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro League. Banks made $400 for the tour and, more importantly, received lessons from Robinson on turning the double play. In September 1953, the Chicago Cubs offered the Kansas City Monarchs $20,000 for the rights to Banks and pitcher Bill Dickey. The Cubs were not paying $20,000 just for a roommate. Ernie did not spend a day in the minors, reporting directly to Cubs manager Phil Cavarretta and the rest, as they say, is history.
Measuring 4" by 3.75", this vintage bi-fold has the look and feel of a glove Ernie would have used himself on the field. The glove details, baseball stitching, hand laced bordering, and Ernie’s subtle signature will bring anyone’s attention to this wallet. With more vintage glove leather on the inside, you’re getting multiple card pockets and a full length cash slot for all the functionality you’ll need. Take a look at the pictures and enjoy!