Somehow I missed this over the weekend, but former Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died Friday. Mr. Cub was 83.
Banks was the first National League player from a losing team to win the MVP, topping Willie Mays and Hank Aaron for the award in 1958. He won it again in 1959, even though the Cubs stank again. Banks, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, personified the best in baseball with his unflagging enthusiasm despite playing his entire 19-year career with the Cubs, never making the postseason and only topping a .500 record six times. Banks' catch phrased says all you need to know about his love for the game: "It's a great day for baseball. Let's play two!'' Take one deep, Ernie.