1/28/15 #SJSreports
Chicago Says Goodbye to Baseball Legend

Ernie Banks

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At the age of 83, Ernie Banks died this Friday. Ernie Banks was a baseball player on the Chicago Cubs team. The Cubs' record was nothing to smile about but he was always energetic about baseball. He wasn't just energetic, he was a great player too. Banks played fourteen all-star games and was known for his home runs, hitting 512 in his career. He originally played for the Kansas City Monarchs before the Cubs bought his contract in 1953. He received many awards, including the Presidential Freedom Award from President Obama, a White Soxs fan. Banks was the first ever African American to play for the the Chicago Cubs. His number 14 was the first number to be retired by the Chicago Cubs. Ernie Banks will be remembered by all baseball fans for being a talented and energetic person that loved to play baseball.

Sources

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/12219755/ernie-banks-former-chicago-cubs-great-dies-age-83