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Ernie Banks, baseball's 'Mr. Cub,' dies at 83
Ernie Banks, baseball's 'Mr. Cub,' dies at 83

Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. He was 83. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Chicago Cubs' first African American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time all-star and two-time National League most valuable player (1958-59). His boundless enthusiasm -- with his catchphrase “Let’s play two!” -- and optimism personified what it meant to be a Cubs fan. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts released the following statement Friday night: “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and...

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