(Digital Journal) The great Chicago Cub Ernie Banks, hailed as one of the most cheerful and positive players in the history of sport, has died. Mr. Banks passed away at the age of 83 at a Chicago hospital on Friday night; no cause of death has been given.
Six seasons after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, on Sept. 17, 1953, Banks became the first black player to play for the Cubs. The shortstop was a slick fielder who wielded a powerful bat and is one of the best to play his position in the history of MLB. His presence brought warmth and joy to his teammates during his career and to the Cubs organization and supporters throughout his retirement.