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• Ernie Banks, the eternally optimistic member of Chicago Cubs, has passed away. He was 83.

Banks, despite never winning a World Series in his 19 years in the major leagues, never seemed to lose his sunny disposition, passion for the game, and a "it’s a beautiful day, let’s play two” attitude. It resulted in his being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and being known, perhaps forever, as Mr. Cub.
KC's View:
It sometimes is forgotten with the passage of time that Banks was the first black player to play for the Cubs organization, in 1953, six years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Which in some ways makes his demeanor all the more remarkable...