RIP Ernie Banks

Lately, I seem to be catching all the big news while on the treadmill at the gym.  The problem with that is that I find myself having to be careful not to trip over my feet when a headline like the death of Ernie Banks flashes across the screen in front of me.

Ernie Banks became the Cubs’ first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953.  He went on to win the National League Most Valuable Player award twice and was an eleven-time All-Star.  Over the course of his career, Banks hit 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.  He passed away yesterday, Friday, January 23, in Chicago at the age of 83.

Farewell, Mr. Cub.

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