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CUBS TO HONOR ERNIE BANKS WITH STATUE AT WRIGLEY FIELD
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Banks spent his 19-year career (1953-1971) exclusively with the Cubs and owns franchise records with 2,528 games played and 1,009 extra-base hits. He ranks second in Cubs history with 2,583 hits, 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI. The 14-time National League All-Star earned N.L. Most Valuable Player award honors in 1958 and 1959, and was enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
“This is richly deserved for Ernie Banks and it is a great way to honor ‘Mr. Cub,’” said Cubs President John McDonough. “The statue will help immortalize someone who continues to have a tremendous impact on the Cubs and its fans, just as he did while he was on the playing field.”
The statue’s exact location at Wrigley Field has yet to be determined and will be commissioned through the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany, the same company that produced other notable statues such as the Harry Caray piece at Wrigley Field and the Michael Jordan statue at the
“This is a truly tremendous honor. I would like to thank John McDonough, the entire Cubs organization and its fans, as well as all the people who helped me throughout my playing career,” Banks said. “The Cubs mean everything to me.”
All told, Banks batted .274 with 512 homers and 1,636 RBI for