Ernie Banks, sometimes known as “Mr. Cub”, passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 83. He is fondly remembered for quite a few things: his endlessly sunny personality, his superior play at shortstop, and his 512 home runs, which were hit back in the days when 500 was a sure ticked to the Hall of Fame. (At his retirement in 1973, he trailed only Aaron, Ruth, Mays, Frank Robinson, Killebrew, Mantle, Foxx, and Ted Williams.) Playing before free agency, he was a lifelong Cub, so he unfortunately never got to play in the postseason; during Banks’s 19-year career, the Cubbies twice finished as high as second. And while it’s sad that he’s gone now, he leaves behind only good memories, the kind nothing could spoil.
Except, of course, Twitter.