Ernie Banks died Friday night at the age of 83 in Chicago.
He was the very first African- American to play for the franchise and he did so from 1953- 1971.
Banks hit 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs. He had 14 All-Star selections and won two MVP awards. He was a 1977 Hall of Famer.
Ernie Banks was known for saying, “Let’s play two!”
Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs said:
“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.”
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