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  • Ernie Banks' legacy secure as a uniter transcending racial barriers

    Ernie Banks' legacy secure as a uniter transcending racial barriers
    Ernie Banks didn't call me back last week. I left voice messages, e-mailed him, sent him a text. That certainly wasn't like Ernie. He missed last weekend's Cubs Convention, and I wanted to do a well-being check on my longtime friend. He always would...
  • Ernie Banks: Under his spell

     Ernie Banks: Under his spell
    As kids we copied his batting stance — crouching with the right elbow extended up, and fingers wiggling up and down on the bat handle. We even ran like him — wrists moving in front of his chest. Back in the days when the Cubs usually battled...
  • An Ernie Banks moment

    An Ernie Banks moment
    News of Ernie Banks’ passing Friday night shocked me. Nobody that relentlessly upbeat could be part of such a bummer. I never thought Ernie was immortal to the point he would be saying “Let’s play two’’ until the planet...
  • From the archives: Mr. Cub takes on the world

    From the archives: Mr. Cub takes on the world
    This column was orginially published on July 24, 2005. Two steps into the swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel in this Pacific Ocean postcard of a town off the western edge of Los Angeles, Ernie Banks asked the hostess he'd just met about her husband. She blushed....
  • Miguel Montero to Google: Did I get traded to the Cubs?

    Miguel Montero to Google: Did I get traded to the Cubs?
    Miguel Montero is the Cubs' new starting catcher. Based on his reaction to his first taste of life as a Cub, he may also want to be your new best friend. The two-time All-Star's Twitter feed suggests he was more of a puppy who had spent his entire...
  • Sports books are Triumph for small Chicago publisher

    Sports books are Triumph for small Chicago publisher
    Mitch Rogatz closely monitored the ebb and flow of the World Series in October. He had big money involved but it had nothing to do with betting. Rogatz, founder and publisher of Triumph Books, a Chicago-based company that specializes in sports books,...
  • Cubs won't be boring under Joe Maddon, but will they be winners?

     Cubs won't be boring under Joe Maddon, but will they be winners?
    We've already established that Joe Maddon is crazy, one of the prerequisites to taking the Cubs job in the first place. But we also found out Monday that Maddon wants his players to be just as crazy as him. "You have to have a little bit of crazy to...
  • Sunday's recap: Cubs 5, Brewers 2

    The summary The Cubs wrapped up a 73-89 season with a 5-2 victory over the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run in the first, rookie Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run, tie-breaking double in the sixth, and Hector Rondon converted his 15th...
  • Konerko's Chicago legacy more than just numbers

    The celebration of Paul Konerko's White Sox career has been ongoing since SoxFest in January, and if Konerko has been a little uncomfortable with it, well, that's just another reason why Sox fans love their "Paulie." In an age when it pays to be a "me...
  • Tuesday's recap: Cubs 3, Reds 0

     Tuesday's recap: Cubs 3, Reds 0
    The summary Travis Wood, who entered Tuesday night's game with a 1-5 record in eight career starts against the Reds, tamed his former team 3-0. Wood (8-11) went six innings, allowing just two hits to end his 12-game winless streak. The Cubs have won...
  • Is Wrigley Field itself cursed?

    Is Wrigley Field itself cursed?
    You can't really recount the history of Wrigley Field without darkness closing in — the darkness of legendary homers in the gloamin' as well as the darkness of curses and superstitions involving priests, ashes and farm animals. And what of the...