The shortstop known for his positive personality and dedicated loyalty to the Cubs passed away on Friday, January 23 at the age of 83.
|Ernie Banks in 2014 (Chicago Tribune photo)|
|Ernie Banks at Wrigley Field in the 1970s (Chicago Tribune photo)|
"Approachable, ever optimistic and kindhearted, 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." --Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts
"He was always an individual who was the happy type. He was always an optimist. You only saw the cheerful side of Ernie." --Teammate and Hall of Fame Member Fergie Jenkins
"Mr Cub. What you have done for the game of baseball and the city of Chicago and everyone you have ever touched will never be forgotten. RIP" --Tweet from Anthony Rizzo
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"Ernie actually didnt get ENOUGH credit as player bc never talked about himself. He was way more interested in the person he was talking to" --Tweet from Len Kasper
"RIP Ernie banks/ sad day for Chicago and cubs nation - great human being" --Tweet from actor and Chicago native John Cusack
"We lost a legend tonight. Sad night." --New Cubs Outfielder Dexter Fowler
And there are many, many more if you scan Twitter, the internet or the media. Here's a link from the Chicago Tribune to an in-depth article that's worth reading about Mr. Cub.
|Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run on May 12, 1970 (Chicago Tribune photo)|
Even though Mr. Banks was an amazing player, he never talked about himself or touted his accomplishments. Banks is the Cubs' all-time leader in games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), home runs (512), total bases (4,706) and extra-base hits (1,009).
Mr. Cub was second in all-time hits (2,583), home runs (512) and RBIs (1,636) for the Cubs franchise during his 19 seasons played from 1953-1971.
Banks was a National League All-Star for 11 seasons and played in 14 All-Star games. Mr. Cub hit his 500th career home run in 1970 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. More recently, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2013.
|Ernie Banks is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on November 20, 2013 (Chicago Tribune photo)|
Mr. Cub will always be remembered in the minds of so many and his contribution to baseball and everyone he met will definitely live on. Let's play two!