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01/24/2015 8:23 AM ET
Tony Clark statement on the passing of Ernie Banks

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark issued today the following statement upon learning of the passing of Ernie Banks:

"The baseball playing fraternity has lost one of its true gems. Ernie Banks, an MVP on and off the field, was among the pioneers whose talent and passion for the game helped pave the way for future generations of minority baseball players. Ernie's enthusiasm and spirit for life and baseball were unmatched. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ernie's family, friends and legions of fans and admirers around the world."