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Ernie Banks hit extraordinarily well against the Padres

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I was very saddened to hear about the passing of the great Ernie Banks yesterday. Us Padres fans can certainly relate to the Cubs faithful in this time of grief; Banks and Tony Gwynn were both Hall of Famers on and off the field who meant the world to their fans, and were great ambassadors for their teams and cities long after retiring.

Mr. Cub's career briefly overlapped with the existence of the major league Padres, from 1969 through '71. In that time he played in just 16 games versus the Padres, fewer than he played against any other team. That stands to reason, since the Montreal Expos, who entered the National League the same year the Padres did, were in the same division as the Cubs.

Of those 16 games, 12 were played in 1969, his last year as an everyday player.

While those numbers are fluffed up by small sample size in addition to the obvious aspect of an expansion team not having the greatest collection of arms, the results are still impressive, especially when you consider Banks was in his decline phase. His BA, OBP, and SLG against the Padres are each his highs against any team, and the convenience of him playing just 16 games against the club is that you can just pop a zero at the end of each of his counting stats to see how it would translate over a full season (with two games off, but close enough).