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RIP Ernie Banks

Michael Minnis

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As a long time Cubs fan, and kid who grew up on the north side of Chicago, Ernie Banks was a true role model of not only an excellent athlete, but a great man. We should all have the enthusiasm and joy in life to "play two."
 

Michael Patrick

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A huge loss.... I grew up within walking distance of Wrigley Field, and spent many summer afternoons as a kid in the bleachers watching Ernie and the Cubs. Truly the end of an era...
 

Minibucker

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All-time baseball great, and an upstanding representative for the sport.
 
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Midnight Blues

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"Mr. Cub", "Lets play two". Great player and seemed like just as good of a guy if not better.

R.I.P. Ernie.
 

chuckNC

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I grew up in Milwaukee and mourned the loss of the Braves in '66. A few baseball-less years went by before my dad and I gravitated to being Cubs fans. (We picked a good time too -- the late '60's team was pretty loaded.) Ernie was playing 1B by then but he still had that bat working. One of the great "wrist hitters," Ernie was.

Thanks, Mr Cub, for the fond memories!
 

roadrunner

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I'm not from Chicago, left coaster orginally, but when I was a kid Ernie was my favorite player... I think probably because he seemed to enjoy what he did so much and somehow that joy radiated thru the TV, 1800 miles away. One of the greatest, in my opinion. RIP Ernie, let's play two man!:dude:
 
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