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    "Mr. Cub," Chicago Baseball Legend Ernie Banks, Dies At 83

    Banks was a legendary home run hitter and the first black baseball player on the Chicago Cubs.

    Ernie Banks, a legendary home run hitter and the first black baseball player on the Chicago Cubs, died Friday.

    Banks joined the Cubs in 1953 and went on to earn the nickname "Mr. Cub." His career was marked by an array of successes over 19 seasons: he hit 512 home runs and 1,636 RBIs; he was an 11-time all star; and in 1977, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Banks still holds Cubs records for the number games played and at-bats, among other things, ESPN reported. He also still holds the record for the second most home runs in Cubs history.

    As the first black player on the Cubs, Banks was also a pioneer at a time when Baseball was still a predominately white sport.

    Prior to joining the MLB, he played in the Negro leagues, joining the Kansas City Monarchs in 1950. He later spent two years in the army before joining the Cubs.

    Banks grew to become a beloved figure in Chicago and elsewhere.

    Among other things, he was known for his "sunny disposition," the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. In 2013, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

    Banks' death was confirmed by his wife and the Cubs.

    Chicago's Wrigley Field displayed a tribute to Banks Friday on its marquee:

    The Wrigley Field marquee pays tribute to Mr. Cub on this somber night.

    MLB@MLBFollow

    The Wrigley Field marquee pays tribute to Mr. Cub on this somber night.

    8:47 PM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Ernie Banks was more than a baseball player. He was one of Chicago's greatest ambassadors. He loved this city as much as he loved -- and lived for -- the game of baseball. This year, during every Cubs game, you can bet that No.14 will be watching over his team. And if we're lucky, it'll be a beautiful day for not just one ballgame, but two. My deepest sympathy to his wife, Liz, family, and friends.

    Fans took to social media Friday to mourn Banks' death, many of them using his catchphrase, "Let's Play Two."

    So long, Ernie. I never met you, but the excitement and positivity you brought to the game was unparalleled. #ErnieBanks #LetsPlayTwo

    Jim Ingram@JimIngram01Follow

    So long, Ernie. I never met you, but the excitement and positivity you brought to the game was unparalleled. #ErnieBanks #LetsPlayTwo

    8:54 PM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Grew up in the days of WGN & TBS hearing of legends Henry Aaron and Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, sad to hear of his passing. RIP #MrCub

    Jesse @hates_sleevesFollow

    Grew up in the days of WGN & TBS hearing of legends Henry Aaron and Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, sad to hear of his passing. RIP #MrCub

    8:47 PM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Truly saddened to hear about the death of #ErnieBanks, but happy he's playing ball upstairs with Ronnie 💞 #GoCubsGo

    Brittany Feagans@BF_StarNewsFollow

    Truly saddened to hear about the death of #ErnieBanks, but happy he's playing ball upstairs with Ronnie #GoCubsGo

    8:47 PM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Welcome to the Field of Dreams, Mr. Cub. #LetsPlay2

    Luke Mock ⚾@LukeMockFollow

    Welcome to the Field of Dreams, Mr. Cub. #LetsPlay2

    8:52 PM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Cap off to a legend... Ernie Banks. #letsplaytwo

    Nick Jones@nickjonessFollow

    Cap off to a legend... Ernie Banks. #letsplaytwo

    8:55 PM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite