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  • How will Wrigley changes affect the game itself?

     How will Wrigley changes affect the game itself?
    It's hard to know what baseball at Wrigley Field will look like this year, thanks to one of the busiest offseasons in recent Cubs history. It remains to be seen if Jon Lester will enjoy a seamless transition to a new league or whether the franchise's...
  • 'The Golden Age of Chicago Sports'

    'The Golden Age of Chicago Sports'
    Was there ever a "Golden Age of Chicago Sports"? Many Chicagoans would cite the 1990s, when the legendary Michael Jordan-led Bulls won six NBA championships in eight years. Those Bulls were certainly Chicago's best ever, but it was hardly a golden age,...
  • Cubs legend Ernie Banks remembered as a man who loved life, people

    Cubs legend Ernie Banks remembered as a man who loved life, people
    Of all the talents Ernie Banks exhibited over his Hall of Fame career, perhaps the most impressive skill was his ability to relate to everyday people from all walks of life. "He could make you feel like you were the most important person in the...
  • Ernie Banks: 14 memorable moments for No. 14

    Ernie Banks: 14 memorable moments for No. 14
    1953: Ernie Banks makes his Cubs debut Sept. 17. He starts at shortstop and bats seventh, becoming the first African-American player in team history.  1954: On Aug. 22, Banks homers twice in a 12-6 loss to the Braves at Wrigley Field. This is his...
  • Fans, former teammates, friends pay respects at Ernie Banks visitation

    Fans, former teammates, friends pay respects at Ernie Banks visitation
    Ernie Banks loved baseball and he loved the fans. On Friday, the fans loved him back, paying their respects during a public visitation at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago. Banks' casket is draped with a No. 14 flag. Above the casket is a...
  • 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...
  • Williams, Jenkins and Brock to speak at Ernie Banks' memorial service

    Williams, Jenkins and Brock to speak at Ernie Banks' memorial service
    Former Cubs teammates Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock will be among the speakers at Ernie Banks' memorial service on Saturday morning at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Banks' twin sons, Jerry and Joey Banks, will also pay...
  • Hall of Famer Ernie Banks larger than life on and off the field

     Hall of Famer Ernie Banks larger than life on and off the field
    Iconic slugger Ernie Banks died Friday at 83, but his DNA will be embedded forever into the game of baseball. Aside from his 512 home runs, back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards and first-ballot induction into the Hall of Fame, the Cubs' first...
  • Many ways Cubs can honor Ernie Banks at Wrigley Field this season

    Many ways Cubs can honor Ernie Banks at Wrigley Field this season
    The Cubs plan to celebrate Ernie Banks' legacy this season at Wrigley Field, and no doubt that will include a shoulder patch to commemorate him and a day in his honor. But those are go-to ideas that many organizations employ when a prominent player,...
  • Ken Holtzman shares fond memories of Ernie Banks

    Ken Holtzman shares fond memories of Ernie Banks
    The death of Ernie Banks last Friday touched fans all across the world, including an old friend of his, former Cubs pitcher Ken Holtzman. The two were Cubs teammates from 1965 through 1971, before Banks retired and Holtzman was traded to the A’s....
  • 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...