The Chicago Cubs, Major League Baseball, and everyone who met or knew this kind man lost a legend last night.
Ernie Banks, “Mr. Cub” passed away at the age of 83.
A true ambassador for the team and for the game, he touched the hearts of countless people – both on and off the baseball field.
I had the chance to meet him once, about 15 years ago when I was a news reporter. I remember that, despite the long line of people waiting to see him, he wanted to take the time to have a sincere conversation. He greeted me and spoke to me as though I was his friend. Ernie Banks impressed me as being a really nice guy.
The ball pictured above is the one he signed for me that day. Never forgot that day…and I know Ernie Banks will certainly never be forgotten for the positive impact he made during his time here on Earth.
Rest in peace, Mr. Cub.