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Ernie Banks
– The Cubs have always had a piece of my heart.  Every since my first visit to Wrigley Field in 1979, I was hooked.  And no one can be a true fan of the Cubs without having the greatest respect for Ernie Banks. Known as “Mr. Cub,” Ernie Banks is the greatest legend of this loveable team.  Banks broke the color barrier for the Cubs in 1953.  He spent the rest of his incredible career playing for the Cubs, smashing over 500 home runs, winning MVP Awards, and becoming the most popular player the Windy City has ever seen.  More impressive to me, is his smile and his selfless attitude of while in a perpetually losing franchise.  He is known for equipping others, rallying his team, encouraging the crowds, and always enjoying the game.  He is one of only a handful of Hall of Fame players to never have played in the postseason.  Few players in today’s game would be so patient and content.

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