Ernie Banks has died. He was an American professional baseball player, he was nicknamed “Mr. Cub” and “Mr. Sunshine”. The Chicago Cubs Baseball Player was eighty three years old. He was regarded by some as one of the greatest players of all time, and his fans are mourning him. The Dallas native died on Friday, January 23, 2014.
“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,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement on Saturday, Jan. 23, via the Associated Press. “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.”
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also paid tribute to the athlete.
“As a Hall-of-Famer, Ernie was an incredible ambassador for baseball, and for the city of Chicago. He was beloved by baseball fans everywhere, including Michelle, who, when she was a girl, used to sit with her dad and watch him play on TV. And in 2013, it was my honor to present Ernie with the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” POTUS said in a statement on Saturday. “Somewhere, the sun is shining, the air is fresh, his team’s behind him, and Mr. Class — ‘Mr. Cub’ — is ready to play two.”
Through Bank’s career he hit five hundred and twelve home runs, won the MVP twice, was an 11-time All-Star, and two-time National League Most Valuable Player and he had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in sports.
Banks leaves behind his wife, Liz.