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Father, and First African-American  Chicago Club player, Baseball Hall of Fame, Activist, Humanitarian,
Ernie banks  also known as “Mr.  Cub” Sept. 17, 1953 made history and became the First African American Chicago Club Baseball Player, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). Mr. Banks died of a heart attack  at age 84 On Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:55 p.m. at a Chicago hospital .His remains were buried in Chicago’s  Graceland Cemetery. An out pour of condolences to the family and what such an leader he was  to the field of baseball and a trailblazer.
To Note FYI:
Six years after his last at-bat,  Ernie Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. And in 2013, Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor.
He was active in the Chicago community during and after his tenure with the Cubs. He founded a charitable organization,. He became the First Black owned Ford Mortor Company Dealer in the United States.
Ernie Banks also went into a politics and ran for a seat. He did not win in that. In 1999, he was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom  for his contribution to sports. Banks lived in the Los Angeles area.
The Aftermath of Mr. Bank Death :
Ernie Banks Family being witheld from his estate.
Ernie Banks family attorney Mark Bogen said Banks’ agent, Regina Rice, had the octogenarian sign a new will three months before his death.”Our family thought that Ms. Rice was helping our father and watching over him while he was in Chicago,” son Joey Banks said in a statement from the attorney. “However, we have learned that she had him sign a power of attorney, a health care directive and a will giving everything to Ms. Rice.“”We will vigorously fight and contest this will,”
In my opinion this is a complete rip off from the family. Ernie Banks LOVED HIS CHILDREN and that was evident to the days prior to his death. He would never leave such an Legacy in the hands of a stranger who had just arrived into his  family presence for his care.  This is unfortunate but I feel Ernie Banks will lead his family in the right direction to take in order to put this a victorious win for  his family and legacy with the right experience attorneys. NS 2015



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