With news of the passing of Ernie Banks at the age of 83, many took to Twitter to give their condolences and remembrances of the one-and-only “Mr. Cub.”
Sad learn to the passing of the great Ernie Banks. He was a great player & wonderful man. They didn’t come any better than #ErnieBanks. RIP.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 24, 2015
My mom turned 83 today. Ernie Banks died today at 83. I have his 1956 Topps card (my favorite set) and everyone after pic.twitter.com/i0KrPDs5Gw
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) January 24, 2015
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 24, 2015
Never met Ernie, but heavily feel the loss…uniquely lived life…will always wish I had…my sympathies to the Banks family
— Joe Maddon (@MaddHalos) January 24, 2015
From celebrities, to former and currently players, to the reporters covering the game for years, there was an outpouring of support for the man many deemed one of the classiest ever in the game.
The legacy of Ernie Banks is less about the player he was than the person he was. And he was one of the greatest players ever. #RIPMrCub
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) January 24, 2015
— Pierce Johnson (@Flowbro33) January 24, 2015
Very sad to hear the passing of #ErnieBanks , loved the game and the game loved him. Gods peace be with you and your family.
— Mike Piazza (@mikepiazza31) January 24, 2015
There is no word yet on the cause of Banks’ death. Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career. One of his famous phrases, beckoned from his boundless enthusiasm for the game, was, “Let’s play two!”
They always play 2 in Heaven. #ErnieBanks
— Jake Query (@jakequery) January 24, 2015
Ernie Banks will be missed. He taught me and the rest of my team mates how important a positive attitude is. Much respect for his family.
— greg maddux (@gregmaddux) January 24, 2015
RIP Mr. Cub Ernie Banks……thank you for all of your contributions to the game we both love! 🙏
— Jimmy Rollins (@JimmyRollins11) January 24, 2015