Banks has a statue and now is a landmark Print E-mail
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Thursday, 11 March 2010

Ernie Banks is considered an institution in the storied history of major league baseball.


There is even a statue of his likeness in front of Wrigley Field in Chicago.


Earlier this month, Mr. Cub also was recognized as a landmark during ceremonies at the Palmer House Hilton.


Banks, who slugged 512 career homers during his Hall of Fame career, was also honored for his significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of Chicago and the state of Illinois.


Also recognized at the black-tie event were Lee Flaherty, founder of the Chicago Marathon, and Harold Ramis, an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer.


Proceeds from the event benefitted Landmarks Illinois, the state’s leading voice for historic preservation dedicated to protecting historically significant sites, structures and districts.


During his19 years in baseball, Banks collected 1,636 runs batted in, 1,305 runs scored, two Most Valuable Player awards and 11 All-Star games. His number 14 was the first to be retired by the Chicago Cubs organization.


Banks’ charitable efforts include his own Live Above and Beyond Foundation. He is the first sports figure to be honored as a “Legendary Landmark.”

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