Ernie Banks, who became the first Black player for the Chicago Cubs during his remarkable lifetime, died last Friday. He was 83.
Banks, widely known as “Mr. Cub,” was the first African American to play for the Chicago team, making his debut Sept. 17, 1953. He went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). His great excitement for the game became the personification of what it meant to be a Cubs fan.