Cubs legend Ernie Banks dies at 83

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Ernie Banks, the man who's Hall of Fame baseball career was defined by his passion and energy, and only surpassed by his kindness and loyalty, died on Friday. He was 83. Read more here.

FILE - In this 1968 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses with a baseball bat. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. He was 83. (AP Photo/File)
In this 1968 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses with a baseball bat. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. He was 83
FILE - In this 1968 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses with a baseball bat. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. He was 83. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this 1970 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses with a baseball bat. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. (AP Photo/File)
In this 1970 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses with a baseball bat. 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 1970 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses with a baseball bat. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, front left, and Ernie Banks attend the baseball team's annual winter convention 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. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, front left, and Ernie Banks attend the baseball team's annual winter convention 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 - In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, front left, and Ernie Banks attend the baseball team's annual winter convention 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. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
MR CUB'S MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, front left, and Ernie Banks attend the baseball team's annual winter convention 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. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, front left, and Ernie Banks attend the baseball team's annual winter convention 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 - In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, front left, and Ernie Banks attend the baseball team's annual winter convention 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. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
MR CUB'S MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
MR CUB'S MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
MR CUB'S MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
MR CUB'S MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
MR CUB'S MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Hall of Famer Ernie Banks visits the White House and has the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him. (AP)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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