| Jan 23, 2015
| 9:44 PM
Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. He was 83.
Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Chicago Cubs' first African American player on Sept. 17, 1953,...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 8:07 AM
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...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 1:55 PM
A 7-foot monument to Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks began its four-day stay at Daley Plaza on Wednesday, attracting a hodgepodge of Chicagoans seeking to honor the beloved baseball icon.
Banks' wife, Liz, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, Mayor Rahm Emanuel,...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 6:38 PM
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...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 8:51 AM
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...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 5:02 AM
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...
| Jan 31, 2015
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...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 11:55 AM
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...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 11:57 AM
The Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks said Thursday they will move ahead with building an office complex next to the United Center, and the Hawks will look into acquiring enough nearby property to also build a two-rink practice facility on the Near West Side....
| Jan 21, 2015
| 12:37 PM
A group of Wrigley rooftop businesses sued the Chicago Cubs and team chairman Tom Ricketts in federal court Tuesday, accusing the team of violating the terms of its revenue-sharing contract and trying to create a price-fixing scheme that would...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 8:26 PM
Jim Marshall remembers the shortest scouting meeting Giants manager Alvin Dark ever had before a three-game series at Wrigley Field in 1961.
"Just walk Ernie Banks four times, and we'll win this series," Marshall recalled Saturday.