Baseball legend Ernie Banks dead at 83

Chicago Cubs legend and baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died, according to multiple reports. The club confirmed the sad news on Friday night.

[pullquote]He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.[/pullquote]A statement released by the team really captures how important “Mr. Cub” was to the baseball world. “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,” Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said. “He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.”

Banks, who spent his entire career on the north side of Chicago, was a 14-time all-star and 2-time NL MVP. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

Banks would have been 84 a week from Saturday. We send our condolences to the Banks family and the Chicago Cubs.