Mr. Cub...Ernie Banks dies


Ernie Banks receives the Presidential Metal of Freedom award from President Obama as former President Clinton looks on

Ernie Banks, the beloved "Mr. Cub", was pronounced dead at Northwestern Hospital this evening.

The first African American playing for the Chicago Cubs, he hit 512 home runs and had 1636 RBIs in his career. Inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1977, he was an All-Star 11 times and named most Valuable Player in the National League in 1958 and 59. A first baseman and shortstop, he played for the Cubs from Sept. 17, 1953 until Sept. 26, 1971.

The always optimistic and cheerful Banks, who was also known as "Mr. Sunshine," received the Presidential Medal of Freedom award on Nov. 20, 2013. 

“When I am not here, this will be here,” Banks said in 2008 as the statue of his likeness was unveiled outside of Wrigley Field. And so it shall be.

A resident of Trump Tower, he died at the age of 83 from a heart attack.



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