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Ernie Banks

AKA Ernest Banks

Born: 31-Jan-1931
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Died: 23-Jan-2015
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Baseball
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: National League MVP 1958 and 1959

First black player for the Chicago Cubs, 1953 until 1971. Batted .274 over his career, with 2,583 hits, 512 homers and 1,636 RBI. In addition to his play, his optimistic spirit made him enormously popular with Cubs fans, even decades after retiring from the game. His statue stands outside Wrigley Field.

Wife: Liz Ellzey (m. 1997 in Barbados)

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    Obama for Illinois
    Reagan-Bush '84 Member, Reagan-Bush All-Stars
    National League MVP 1958
    National League MVP 1959
    Texas Sports Hall of Fame 1970
    Silver Buffalo 1973
    Baseball Hall of Fame 1977
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 2013
    Knee Replacement 2003

    Chicago Cubs SS (1953-60)
    Chicago Cubs SS,OF (1961)
    Chicago Cubs 1B (1962-71)

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