On May 2, 1920, the very first Negro League Baseball game was played in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Negro National League (NNL) was established earlier that year on February 13, 1920. This would be the very first baseball league for African American baseball players.
James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell (May 17, 1903 – March 7, 1991) was an American center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many baseball observers to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
Ernest "Ernie" Banks, nicknamed "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine", was a Major League Baseball shortstop and first baseman for 19 seasons, 1953 through 1971. He spent his entire MLB career with the Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to move on to the National League Championship Series. This was also the first time in Cubs history that they have clinched a postseason series win at Wrigley Field.
Ernest "Ernie" Banks (born January 31, 1931) Dallas, TX. Signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1953. An 11-time All-Star, Banks was named the National League's (NL) Most Valuable Player for two consecutive seasons. He hit more than 40 home runs in five different seasons. He also led the league in 1958–1959 in runs batted in. He retired in 1971 and was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.