MLB Legend “Mr Cub” Ernie Banks Passes Away at 83

According to MSN Sports & ESPN, to cite sources, Ernie Banks also known as “Mr Cub” has died at the age of 83. The Cubs announced Banks’ death on Friday night., but did not provide a cause.

Ernie Banks 1931-2015.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts released this statement:

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time. He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known. Approachable, ever optimistic and kind-hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie’s life in the days ahead.”

On Sept. 17, 1953 Banks became the Cubs first African-American player and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). Ernie was not only a Hall-of-Famer, but an incredible ambassador for baseball, and for the city of Chicago, beloved by baseball fans everywhere. On Nov. 20, 2013, Banks was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in recognition of his goodwill.

Our hearts go out to his family. He will be greatly missed.

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