Posted November 10, 2011 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Ernie Banks
TEAMS: Chicago Cubs
A statue of ''Mr. Cub'' that normally sits outside the main entrance to Wrigley Field has been hauled to Peoria for an off-season makeover. The bronzed likeness of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks had been outside Wrigley Field since March 2008. But artist Lou Cella tells the (Peoria) Journal Star (http://bit.ly/rNORzO) that the statue he created was turning green. ''It was oxidizing a little too fast, and the Cubs didn't want it to,'' he said. The 400-pound bronze figure was trucked to Bradley University earlier this month - covered up for the ride so it wouldn't attract attention, said artist Kyle Chipman, who is working with Cella to clean up the statue. The statue's old finish was burned off with a torch, sandblasted and degreased before getting a chemical coating to change the appearance of its surface. Then Banks' likeness was waxed and buffed and given a new coat of lacquer. By the weekend, the statue should be headed back to Wrigley Field. Working on the statue, Chipman said, is ''a huge high and I'm glad Lou wanted us to be a part of it.'' --- Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Cubs could host Maddux reunion

The Cubs could be in position to land two of the top pitching minds in baseball to run the team on the field if they succeed in hiring presumptive favorite Mike Maddux as their manager. Call it a package deal, even if Maddux wouldn’t discuss it specifically Wednesday. But after interviewing with the...

Quade a candidate for Twins' Triple-A job

Mike Quade could be back in the dugout next season, if not the big leagues. He’s one of a handful of candidates to manage the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Sandy Alomar Jr. interviews with Cubs

Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. interviewed for the Chicago Cubs managerial opening Friday. The Cubs have already interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux as possible replacements for the fired Mike Quade. Alomar spent parts of 20 seasons catching in the majors. He was the 1990 AL Rookie...

Alomar set to interview for Cubs' manager job

The Cubs have talked to a former infielder, a hitting coach, and a pitching coach, and on Friday, they'll interview a former catcher when Sandy Alomar Jr. comes to Wrigley Field to discuss the team's managerial vacancy.

Rangers' Mike Maddux interviews with Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux talked with Chicago Cubs executives on Wednesday, becoming at least the third candidate to interview for the vacant manager's job. Maddux, who has helped the Rangers win back-to-back AL pennants, was scheduled to have a news conference later Wednesday. New director of baseball operations Theo Epstein fired Mike Quade...

Mike Maddux to Interview for Cubs Manager Job

Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux is next up to interview for the Cubs manager job.  Maddux, older brother of former Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux, is scheduled to meet with Cubs brass Wednesday. He's one of several candidates hoping to replace manager Mike Quade, fired last week by Theo Epstein, the new president of team operations.   Maddux ended his 15-year major league...

Alomar interviews for Cubs' managerial vacancy

The question of how to handle Carlos Zambrano came up during Sandy Alomar Jr.’s post-interview press conference on Friday, giving Alomar a chance to match wits with the Cubs' last managerial candidate, Mike Maddux.

Hoyer says Cubs' managerial pool likely set

The Cubs completed the first round of interviews on Friday, meeting with Sandy Alomar Jr., and general manager Jed Hoyer said they may only consider those four candidates.

Dallas native Ernie Banks getting his statue outside Wrigley Field restored

(source feed provided no summary content for this entry)

Cubs interview Mike Maddux

Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux talked with Chicago Cubs executives on Wednesday, becoming at least the third candidate to interview for the vacant manager's job.
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.