Lipscomb University held the 6th annual Don Meyer Evening of Excellence Saturday night at Allen Arena. This year’s special guest was Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Member, Ernie Banks.
The fundraiser is named after long-time Lipscomb men’s basketball coach Don Meyer, who retired as the winningest collegiate men’s basketball coach in history.
Known as “Mr. Cub,” Banks was the first African American player to play for the Chicago Cubs. He won back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player Awards in 1958 and 1959 and played in 14 All-Star games.
Banks was the first player to have his number retired by the Cubs organization. Last fall he became a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Even with an already very impressive resume, Banks said he has one major goal he wants to achieve.
“People say you did this, you did that but I haven’t done anything yet,” he stated. “My major goal is to win the Nobel Peace Prize with Oprah Winfrey. That’s my goal.”
Banks has special ties to Music City. He played at Nashville’s Sulphur Dell as a member of the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs before the Chicago Cubs purchased his contract.