Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond

CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is being remembered for his positive outlook and brilliant playing career in a steady stream of tributes.

Banks died Friday night at the age of 83.

A makeshift memorial outside Wrigley Field on Saturday included flowers, an Ernie Banks bobblehead and pictures of the Chicago Cubs great with fans. A No. 14 jersey was draped over one part of a small fence with the inscription “‘Let’s play two'” — the iconic saying he was known for — and then “Not without you” written under his trademark line.

Commissioner Bud Selig said Saturday in a statement that Banks’ “joyous outlook will never be forgotten by fans of the Cubs and all those who love baseball.”

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were among those praising Banks and his legacy.

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