ERNIE BANKS NEWS

September 1965

In the ninth month of 1965, baseball fans reveled in the aura of excellence displayed at major league ballparks. Ernie Banks, the jovial Cubs shortstop, whose trademark suggestion “Let’s play two!” indicates pure delight in playing baseball, knocked his 400th home run. Appropriately, it happened in Wrigley Field rather than during an away game for Chicago’s beloved Cubbies...
Via The Sports Post
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs History: A Record Setter and Tragedy Recorded on One Ball

One of the things I do is collect signed Chicago Cubs baseballs. The idea of holding a ball that Ernie Banks held in his hands, particularly back in the days when he was playing, is a thrill that is hard to explain. I have the entire 2015 team on two balls, then individual balls for […]
Via Baseball Essential
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Sports deaths 2015: Ernie Banks, Frank Gifford, Dean Smith, Jerry Tarkanian, Yogi Berra

The loss column is where to look in the standings. Those are the ones that can never be made up.
Via The Denver Post - College Sports
December 30, 2015

QUIZ: Name every member of the 500 home run club

As of the end of the 2015 MLB season, 27 players have hit 500 or more home runs in their careers. How many can you name?
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB pays tribute to Ernie Banks and Yogi Berra

Baseball lost a pair of larger than life legends this year, as both Ernie Banks and Yogi Berra passed away. MLB paid tribute to the pair with these videos. It’s a little dusty in here. The post MLB pays tribute to Ernie Banks and Yogi Berra appeared first on The Outside Corner.
Via The Outside Corner
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Analyzing Wrigley’s cirst clincher

Oct 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A statue of Ernie Banks outside of Wrigley Field before game four of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports It took 101 years. Built in 1914 Wrigley Field, as much a staple of baseball as the chewing gum it’s named after, had never seen a series clinching game won by the...
Via isportsweb.com
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

With Cubs playoff bound, Williams thinks of Banks, Santo

CHICAGO (AP) Billy Williams couldn't help but let his mind drift, thinking about his old teammates Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. At a time like this, it was only natural. The Chicago Cubs are heading back to the playoffs with a young team that has many believing they just might break that dreaded spell and finally bring home a World Series championship soon, if not this season. As...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rapoport on Ernie Bank story: ‘Possible to know truth about Ernie and still love him’

I asked Ron Rapoport for some perspective on his excellent story about Ernie Banks in Chicago Magazine. He reveals another side of the public happy-go-lucky Mr. Cub as an elderly man who often was lonely and even tormented by his demons. Often, fans don’t like to have anyone tinker with the image of their heroes. And they don’t come any bigger than Banks in Chicago. Here...
Via Sherman Report
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Columnist recalls final days of Ernie Banks: ‘Just as he was defined by his image, so was he imprisoned by it’

Ron Rapoport offers a different perspective of Ernie Banks in a terrific piece in Chicago Magazine. He reveals another side of the public happy-go-lucky Mr. Cub as an elderly man who often was lonely and even tormented by his demons. Rapoport writes: What was it about him? I wondered. Why was Ernie, virtually alone among the great players of his generation, such an idealized, one...
Via Sherman Report
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Milo Hamilton, who broadcast MLB games for 60 years and called Hank Aaron’s 715th HR, has died

The baseball world has lost one of its legends, as the Houston Astros announced Thursday that Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton had passed away at 88. Hamilton worked in baseball for 67 years and in the majors for 60 years, second only to Vin Scully’s 67 seasons. He spent much of his career in Houston, working as an Astros’ broadcaster from 1988 until his retirement in...
Via Awful Announcing
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Banks' estranged wife says he had dementia when signing will

CHICAGO (AP) A court filing by the estranged wife of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks contends the Hall of Famer was diagnosed with dementia days before he signed a will benefiting his caretaker. Banks was in a protracted divorce proceeding with fourth wife Elizabeth Banks when he died in January at 83. She is challenging a will that gives Banks' assets to caretaker Regina Rice. In...
Via AP on Fox
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs, White Sox to honor legends

When the Cubs and White Sox face off the clubs will honor legends Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso, both of which past away this past offseason. According to Cubs.com, "on Sunday, the Cubs will wear No. 14 throwback uniforms from 1958 in honor of Banks, while the White Sox will wear uniforms from that same era." Then when the two teams play again in August, “on Aug. 14, the White...
Via Fox Sports
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs and White Sox Set to Honor Legends

Over the winter, Chicago lost two baseball legends. The Chicago Cubs lost Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, and the Chicago White Sox lost Mr. White Sox Minnie Minoso. Both men were baseball legends, and both were the first black ball players to take the field for each team. Over the course of the season, the Cubs have been honoring Banks, and when the two Chicago clubs for the first time this...
Via World Series Dreaming
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Pays Tribute to Cubs Legend

On Sunday, the Royals held their annual Salute to Negro League Day. Before the Royals ever existed as a team, the city was a staple for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League. Back in their day, the Monarchs were one of the top teams in the league. They had players likes Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige come through their roster. The Monarchs, as a team, were formed in 1920 as...
Via Sports Mockery
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Lucky Fan At Diamondbacks Game Snags Two Foul Balls In One At-Bat (Video)

While it’s difficult to calculate the odds of catching a foul ball at a Major League Baseball game, many agree that they end up landing somewhere around 1 in 1,000. But one fan at Chase Field shattered those odds. At Monday’s Washington Nationals-Arizona Diamondbacks game, a fan wearing an Ernie Banks jersey managed to grab not one, but two foul balls in the top of the ninth...
Via NESN.com
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Ernie Banks' wife: Caregiver hasn't given all estate details

CHICAGO (AP) The attorney for Ernie Banks' wife says the late Chicago Cubs great's longtime caretaker hasn't turned over all pertinent financial information about his estate. The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/1QOVDSK ) Elizabeth Ellzey Banks' attorney Thomas Jefson told a Cook County judge Wednesday that caregiver Regina Rice hasn't disclosed all assets in Banks' estate...
Via AP on Fox
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ernie Banks' caretaker details estate left by Cubs great

CHICAGO (AP) A list of items left behind by late Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks includes his Hall of Fame ring and autographed baseballs from Bill and Hillary Clinton, but no big bank accounts or insurance policies. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1J92dOu ) reports the list was filed in advance of a Wednesday hearing in Cook County Probate Court. Banks' wife is challenging a...
Via AP on Fox
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Here’s the Ernie Banks Tribute From Opening Night

Opening Night was pretty close to a disaster for the Chicago Cubs. They lost 3-0, as the offense looked awful and Jon Lester couldn’t make it past five innings. Two bathrooms broke and caused ridiculous lines for fans to use the restroom, which made some literally pee all over Wrigley Field. There was one success, though. The Cubs’ new video board in left field was a big hit...
Via Sports Mockery
April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs give Banks high-definition tribute with new videoboard

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs paid a heartfelt tribute to the late Ernie Banks before the major league opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, and they did it in a way that would have been impossible until now. They showed him circling the bases following his 500th home run and unveiling his statue outside Wrigley Field. It was all there Sunday night in high definition on their...
Via AP on Fox
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

A Preview Of What Wrigley Field Will Look Like Opening Night

The wait is finally over. Baseball is back. The Chicago Cubs start the 2015 MLB season hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN2, but Wrigley Field will look a lot different when you tune into the game. Because of an uncooperative winter, the renovations to Wrigley Field have been delayed over and over again. The Cubs will still play at Wrigley, but the left field bleachers...
Via Sports Mockery
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs plan to run Ernie Banks tribute throughout Opening Day

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and thousands of fans will honor the late Ernie Banks during the team's season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. The Hall of Famer known as ''Mr. Cub'' died in January at the age of 83. A pregame ceremony and moment of silence are planned along with other tributes throughout Sunday night's game at Wrigley Field. Banks' sons, Joey and...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs plan opening night Ernie Banks tribute

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs and thousands of fans will honor the late Ernie Banks during the team's season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. The Hall of Famer known as ''Mr. Cub'' died in January at the age of 83. A pregame ceremony and moment of silence are planned along with other tributes throughout Sunday night's game at Wrigley Field. Banks' sons, Joey...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs to cover cost of funeral for Ernie Banks

  The Chicago Cubs say they will pay for funeral costs for Cubs great Ernie Banks after a funeral home filed a claim against his estate for $35,000. Team spokesman Julian Green says the team will pay to settle the claim, filed Wednesday by Donnellan Family Funeral Services. The funeral home's claim came amid a legal challenge by Banks' widow of a will Banks signed in October that...
Via AP on Fox
March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs say they'll cover Ernie Banks funeral costs

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs say they will pay for funeral costs for Cubs great Ernie Banks after a funeral home filed a claim against his estate for $35,000. Team spokesman Julian Green says the team will pay to settle the claim, filed Wednesday by Donnellan Family Funeral Services. The funeral home's claim came amid a legal challenge by Banks' widow of a will Banks signed in...
Via AP on Fox
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Cubs footing bill for Ernie Banks' $35K funeral costs

The Chicago Cubs are stepping in to pay the $35,000 costs associated with former star player Ernie Banks' funeral, according to reports from Chicago. Earlier this week, the funeral home that handled services for Banks jumped into the legal battle over Banks' estate with a claim for more than $35,000 it says has not been paid. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, $11,000 was billed...
Via Fox Sports
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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