Ernie Banks played for the Chicago Cubs from 1953-71. He became a full-time coach the next season in 1972. Coincidentally, 1972 was the first season the Cubs ditched archaic flannel uniforms for modern double knit athletic wear in the form of pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants. We know that combination today as the Ultimate Baseball Look . The fans relate to this and yearn for another Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform. The Cubs wore real uniforms thru the 1989 season. From being a Cubs coach, ambassador, Ernie Banks, like everybody else in the free world, simply preferred having no buttons and belts on a baseball uniform. The last time Banks appeared in public, wearing a real Cubs uniform, was in 1988 for the first night game at Wrigley Field.