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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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CUBS TO HONOR ERNIE BANKS WITH STATUE AT WRIGLEY FIELD

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today announced that the club will honor legendary Cubs infielder Ernie Banks, better known as “Mr. Cub,” with a statue to be erected at Wrigley Field by Opening Day 2008.

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 United Center.

“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 Chicago while his 47 home runs in 1958 set the N.L. single-season mark for long balls by a shortstop. He was the first Cub to have his number retired by the franchise, as the honor was bestowed on his No. 14 on August 22, 1982.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Dan E said...

Excellent idea, though it's still friggin' criminal that a drunken Cards/White Sox broadcaster got a statue outside of Wrigley years before Mr. Cub...

9:03 AM, May 23, 2007

 
Blogger Stuart Shea said...

Granted as true!

10:34 AM, May 23, 2007

 
Blogger Stuart Shea said...

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10:34 AM, May 23, 2007

 
Anonymous Karen Kruse said...

Stuart - PLEASE contact me. I am the author of "A Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville's Engine 78" and LOVED your book on Wrigley Field! I was thrilled to see you referenced my labor of love (my book) and would like to drop you a note (not on a blog!). Please contact me, FirehouseAuthor@aol.com or go to my website: www.achicagofirehouse.com and click the cute fire box to get my e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you - soon! Would love to exchange links, too! Warmly, Karen Kruse, author and proud fireman's daughter and granddaughter

6:27 AM, May 24, 2007

 
Blogger Todd Lucas said...

Gotta agree that Banks is long overdue for a shrine outside Wrigley. The man is a friggin' legend, THEE Chicago Cub.

6:54 AM, June 05, 2007

 

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