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  • Gene Baker, the Cubs' other first black player

     Gene Baker, the Cubs' other first black player
    Ernie Banks was not supposed to be the Chicago Cubs' first black player. Gene Baker, a fancy-fielding, 28-year-old shortstop with the Cubs' top farm team, was penciled in for that role in 1953. The previous year, Baker's manager with the Los Angeles Angels had pronounced him ready to make the jump to the big leagues.
  • Ernie Banks, 'Mr. Cub,' brought joy, left lasting memories for teammate Billy Williams

    As he approached the casket to pay his respects to Ernie Banks, a steady flow of memories came rushing back to Billy Williams. There were so many from their Hall of Fame careers with the Chicago Cubs and their decades of friendship. And there was...

    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...

    Parking, rats among problems Wrigley Field neighbors cite in renovation

    Parking, rats among problems Wrigley Field neighbors cite in renovation
    The sounds form a cacophony of construction — jackhammers' percussive pelting, the persistent beeping of vehicles in reverse and the shrill whine of buzz saws. Meanwhile, the sights are not exactly picturesque — the gray concrete trucks, the...

    Banks was a gentleman's gentleman

    The recent passing of Ernie Banks was a sad day for baseball. In the second game of a double-header at Wrigley Field during the summer of 1957, I saw Mr. Banks, with his trademark whiplash wrist action, connect with a low-outside pitch resulting in a...