"Mr. Cub" - Ernie Banks

"Mr. Cub" - Ernie Banks

In light of the controversy over the selection of U.S. President Barack Obama to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, I found this NPR interview with Ernie Banks really refreshing.  Hall of Famer Banks played his entire Major League career with the Chicago Cubs from 1953 to 1971.  Known as Mr. Cub and Mr. Sunshine, Banks won the National League MVP award in 1958 and 1959 and was a perennial All-Star.  What stood out to me in the interview was Banks’ enduring love of the game of baseball, his humility, and the unexpected revelation that his childhood dream was not to play professional baseball, but to win the Nobel Prize for Peace.  Maybe next year! 

By the way, does anyone recall the winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize?  Anyone?  Anyone?   Bueller?   Bueller?

Click the link below to listen to the interview.

NPR Interview with Ernie Banks