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Final farewell for Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 01:11

Family, friends, and fans pay final respects to baseball great Ernie Banks, the Cubs Hall of Famer who was team's first black player. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Chicagoans young and old and from all walks of life are saying a final farewell to baseball great Ernie Banks, the Cubs Hall of Famer known as "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine." He died on Jan. 23 at age 83. Banks was revered him for his ever-optimistic personality and unswerving dedication to his former team, the often hapless Cubs. Banks was the first black player on the Cubs, joining the team in 1953. In 19 seasons, the shortstop and first baseman hit 512 career home runs before retiring in 1971. Two years ago he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin were among the people who went to the visitation on Friday. Ricketts spoke at Saturday's memorial service along with Banks' twin sons, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson.

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Final farewell for Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 01:11