The Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses in 1970. The Cubs announced Friday night that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. AP hide caption toggle caption AP The Two-Way Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks, 1st Black Player In Team History, Dies January 24, 2015 The shortstop known as "Mr. Cub," who began his career in the Negro leagues, hit 512 home runs in his 19 seasons with the team and remained a cherished figure to the team and its fans. He was 83.