Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Ernie Banks passed away last month at the age of 83. As you would expect, the Cubs plan to honor the memory of “Mr. Cub” in various ways this season:
According to an announcement from the team, Banks will also be honored during a pregame ceremony before MLB’s season opener between the Cardinals and Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 5. Additional tributes will be “finalized and incorporated” during the season.
“There is no level of recognition that can properly acknowledge how much Ernie Banks meant to this franchise and fan base,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “Collectively, we must ensure Mr. Cub’s legacy rightfully lives on at the Friendly Confines and with future generations of baseball fans.”
It would be nice to see an annual home doubleheader in Banks’ honor, as Dayn Perry has suggested. It’s too late to do that for 2015, but maybe next year? It’s a good thought.