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1/30/2015 | Chicago says farewell, thanks to beloved Mr. Cub

Friday was a day for people touched by Ernie Banks' irrepressible and irresistible charm to approach his casket at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. This was the kind of effect Banks had on people here.

1/30/2015 | Mr. Cub gone but never forgotten

The casket of Ernie Banks lay before thousands of mourners, including former teammates, friends and fans. It was dressed with a pinstriped No. 14 flag that flies from the left-field foul pole on summer days at Wrigley Field and a portrait of the handsome Mr. Cub.

1/30/2015 | Statue draws Mr. Cub's legion of fans to downtown Chicago

The statue is not new. It was unveiled outside Wrigley Field in 2008. Fans have had ample opportunity to see it, touch it, take photos of it. But until last week, they had nearly as much opportunity to see Ernie Banks himself, visible public figure that he was. But Banks is gone now, and only the statue remains.

1/30/2015 | Large crowd turns out for Banks' visitation service

Thousands of Cubs fans took their turn standing in front of the altar Friday at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, paying their respects to the greatest and most beloved Cub of all time.

1/30/2015 | Fans from all walks of life stop by to salute Banks

For one day, Fourth Presbyterian Church served as the Friendly Confines. And given that the casket at the altar contained a man who always had a smile for those he met, this visitation service was a fittingly public one, open to one and all.

1/30/2015 | Banks' legacy includes Presidential Medal of Freedom

U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley was a fan of Ernie Banks as a child, and he was present in Washington, D.C., when Mr. Cub was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

1/30/2015 | Williams reflects on joyful memories of Banks

Billy Williams stood in front of his old friend Friday morning at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, where thousands of Chicagoans and Cubs fans came to pay tribute to Ernie Banks.

1/30/2015 | Ricketts pays respects to Mr. Cub at visitation

Like the head of a family who has lost a loved one, Tom Ricketts stood vigil at the back of Fourth Presbyterian Church early Friday afternoon, as an eight-hour public visitation for Ernie Banks was beginning.

1/29/2015 | Speakers, procession route for Banks' service announced

Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be among the speakers Saturday at the funeral service for Cubs legend Ernie Banks

1/29/2015 | 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.

1/29/2015 | Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest Top 100 Prospects list. The Top 50 will be unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list will be available on

1/28/2015 | Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

1/28/2015 | Banks statue in Daley Plaza for fans to pay tribute

The bronze statue of Ernie Banks was on display in Daley Plaza on Wednesday as a public memorial to allow fans to celebrate the Hall of Famer's life. Banks, who played his entire career (1953-71) with the Cubs, passed away Friday at the age of 83.

1/28/2015 | Rizzo's triumph over cancer takes stage on Network special

In a special segment Tuesday night on MLB Network, "The Offseason: Hope in Chicago and Miami" chronicled Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's battle with cancer.

1/26/2015 | Visitation, memorial service for Banks to be held in Chicago

Public visitation and memorial services for Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, will be held Friday and Saturday at Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Cubs announced.

1/26/2015 | Banks, Wrigley formed relationship to remember

At a time when the reserve clause allowed baseball owners to hold onto players and limit salaries, Ernie Banks landed in the lap of Cubs' owner Philip Knight Wrigley, and the two created a lasting relationship that benefited both men.

1/25/2015 | Chicago to host public memorial for Banks at Daley Plaza

The bronze statue of Ernie Banks will be installed in Daley Plaza from Wednesday until Saturday as a public memorial for fans who want to celebrate the Hall of Famer's life, the Cubs and the City of Chicago announced Sunday. The outdoor plaza is at 50 W. Washington Street.

1/25/2015 | Maddon watches Baez play in Puerto Rico

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was in Puerto Rico this weekend to watch Javier Baez play in the championship series with Santurce. What was he looking for? Maddon told the young infielder he wanted to "see him smile."

1/25/2015 | Banks broke barriers with unwavering kindness

Ernie Banks passed away late Friday. He, however, will live forever in the memories of baseball players, officials and fans. Banks arrived at Wrigley Field in September 1953, allowing the Cubs to become the ninth of the 16 Major League teams to integrate. More than 61 years later, he is still the face of one of the game's more storied franchises.

1/24/2015 | Banks lauded for infectious personality, love of game

No. 14 flags flew from the top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard and outside the ballpark's marquee and fans left flowers, beer and a batting helmet to honor the memory of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, who passed away on Friday.

1/24/2015 | Grace mourns Banks, remembers his genuine kindness

During his 13 years playing for the Cubs, Mark Grace got to know Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, but it was the first time that he met Banks that stands out.

1/24/2015 | Legendary Mr. Cub in his own words

Sometimes you just turn on a voice recorder and let a person talk. You might have done it with a grandparent at a family reunion. Phil Rogers did it a couple of times with Ernie Banks at events in 2010.

1/24/2015 | Banks' smile and warmth will live on forever

Ernie Banks never seemed to have a bad day, and isn't that why we loved him? His was a journey filled with laughter and joy, and with a smile that lit up rooms and warmed hearts for 83 years.

1/24/2015 | Banks deeply admired by his peers on the diamond

The news of Ernie Banks' death on Friday, eight days shy of his 84th birthday, brought a flood of memories to contemporaries. Those who knew the man during his playing days as "Mr. Cub" -- and well beyond -- will tell you he was as universally loved and respected as any player the game of baseball has seen.

1/24/2015 | Negro Leagues Museum fondly remembers Mr. Cub

Ernie Banks arrived in Chicago by way of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, where he played under manager John "Buck" O'Neil, one of the eventual founders of the Negro Leagues Museum. Banks frequently checked in on the museum and was one of its proudest supporters.

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