(Jan 31, 1931–Jan. 23, 2015)
Hall of Famer and prominent professional Major League Baseball player Ernie Banks, or more notably referred to as “Mr. Cub”, played for the Chicago Cubs from 1953 to 1971. Ernie Banks was the Cubs’ first African-American player and one of the first Negro League players to join the MLB without first playing in the minor leagues. He is regarded as one of the greatest Cubs players of all time. In 2013, Ernie was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to sports.