Reaction to the death of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • FILE - Int his Aug. 13, 2013, file photl, former Chicago Cubs infielder Ernie Banks waves to the crowd before the Cubs' baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Chicago. Banks, the two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Cubs teams, died Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015. He was 83. The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause.

    FILE - Int his Aug. 13, 2013, file photl, former Chicago Cubs infielder Ernie Banks waves to the crowd before the Cubs' baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Chicago. Banks, the two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Cubs teams, died Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015. He was 83. The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 9, 1970, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks, top, leaps over St. Louis Cardinals' Gino Cimoli (22) to relay to first base and complete a double play in the third innin in St. Louis, Mo. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83.

    FILE - In this May 9, 1970, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks, top, leaps over St. Louis Cardinals' Gino Cimoli (22) to relay to first base and complete a double play in the third innin in St. Louis, Mo. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, a 400-pound bronze statue of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks is placed outside Wrigley Field in Chicago after it went through restoration at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83.

    FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, a 400-pound bronze statue of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks is placed outside Wrigley Field in Chicago after it went through restoration at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1956, file photo, three baseball men honored by Chicago baseball writers at their annual dinner display the plaques awarded them in Chicago. From left to right: Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks, chosen Chicago's outstanding player;  Warren Giles, National League president, honored for long and meritorious service to the game; and Tommy Byrne, New York Yankee pitcher, for baseball's finest comeback of 1955. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83.

    FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1956, file photo, three baseball men honored by Chicago baseball writers at their annual dinner display the plaques awarded them in Chicago. From left to right: Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks, chosen Chicago's outstanding player; Warren Giles, National League president, honored for long and meritorious service to the game; and Tommy Byrne, New York Yankee pitcher, for baseball's finest comeback of 1955. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks talks during an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83.

    FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks talks during an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. Associated Press

 
By Associated Press
Updated 1/24/2015 4:48 PM

Reaction to the death Friday night of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks:

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"Did a card show w Ernie Banks. He drove the promoter crazy! Spent time/talked with every person. After an hour had signed maybe 15." - Two-time NL MVP Dale Murphy on Twitter.

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"It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!" R.I.P to the great (Mr. Cub) Ernie Banks!" - Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper on Twitter.

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"RIP Ernie banks/ sad day for Chicago and cubs nation - great human being." - Actor and Chicago area native John Cusack on Twitter.

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"Ernie Banks. 'Mr. Cub.' 1931-2015." - Sign posted on the marquee at Wrigley Field.

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"This year, during every Cubs game, you can bet that No. 14 will be watching over his team. And if we're lucky, it'll be a beautiful day for not just one ballgame, but two." - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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"Mr. Lets Play 2!! You will be in our Hearts Forever!!" - Chicago White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas on Twitter.

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"Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, you will be missed by Chicago baseball fans especially, but baseball fans everywhere will miss this hero." - The Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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"RIP "Mr Cub" Ernie Banks...thank you for your great contributions to the game of baseball!" - Detroit Tigers ace David Price.

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"Mr Cub. What you have done for the game of baseball the city of Chicago and everyone you have ever touched will never be forgotten. RIP." - Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Twitter.

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"Crushed to learn of passing of MR Cub -ERNIE BANKS - loved his spirit / smile & man could he play." - ESPN announcer Dick Vitale on Twitter.

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