ERNIE BANKS, “MR CUB,” HAS MADE HIS TRANSITION STATEMENT BY REVEREND JESSE L. JACKSON, SR.

Ernie Banks, "MR CUB," Has Made His Transition

Statement By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, SR.

January 23, 2015

 

One of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game, a Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks, has passed away.  He was one of the great crossover baseball players of his day as he made the transition from the Negro Baseball Leagues to Major League Baseball.  He was not only a great baseball player, but beyond his talent as a shortstop and eventually a first baseman, was his character, his eternal optimism – “let’s play two today“ - and his personality was a racial bridge builder.  He treated all people with dignity and respect.  He never stopped reaching out to bridge the racial chasms.  I am proud to say that the Rainbow PUSH Coalition led the fight to get a statue of Ernie Banks at Wrigley Field and I’m glad that it happened and he saw it in his lifetime.  “Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, you will be missed by Chicago baseball fans especially, but baseball fans everywhere will miss this hero.”