On Saturday, January 29, "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks celebrated his 80th birthday with dozens of his friends. In attendance were actor and comedian Jeff Garlin, and Chicago Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.
Although long-time baseball legend Ernie Banks' birthday is actually today, January 31, a celebration for Banks took place on Saturday night at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse & Bar.
Among the evening's biggest high lights were Banks' tumble over the bands' musical equipment as Jeff Garlin was giving a speech. The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor also led the guests in singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." Garlin joked of the matter, "It had to be when I was up here," and admittedly was unable to finish addressing the crowd, ending with a humorous reference to Banks' famous "Let's play two" quote, "How do you keep going after that? Hey Ernie, let's fall twice."
Later in the evening Banks' posed for pictures with Garlin, and then with Emanuel.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed the day to be "Ernie Banks Day."
Banks' also recieved congratulations from Cubs' ownership, represented by Laura and Todd Ricketts. World famous violinist, David Yoann, played original birthday variations for Banks after Banks' was presented with an antique violin from Elizabeth Stein of Elizabeth Stein & Company.
"I will always remember this," Banks stated as he addressed the crowd, "I didn't play in a World Series, but this is like a World Series to me."