Durbin Statement On The Passing Of Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks

[CHICAGO] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the death of Ernie Banks: 

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.  ‘Mr. Cub’ was so much more than a great hitter and Gold Glove fielder.  His infectious love for the game of baseball was matched only by his passion for the people of Chicago.

“When I called the White House and asked the President to consider a Medal of Freedom for Ernie Banks, I felt that his impressive career with the Cubs and his courage in breaking down the color barrier in baseball were reason enough. But more than these amazing achievements, Ernie's spirit set him apart. His positive, hopeful Cub view of life filled every room and every baseball diamond he ever touched.”