Ernie Banks, Chicago's 'Mr. Cub,' Dies At 83
Ernie Banks enjoyed a decorated career as the first black player on the Chicago Cubs roster.By Evan Thomas | January 24, 2015
Baseball great Ernie Banks, or “Mr. Cub,” as he was known, died of unspecified causes Friday in Chicago. He was 83 years old.
Banks was the first black player on the Chicago Cubs roster. Over the course of his career from 1953-71, he launched 512 home runs and snagged a Golden Glove award for his performance as shortstop.
“He won the MVP in 1958 and 1959. He was elected to the hall of fame in his first year of eligibility, in 1977.”