9/3 Sweet swinging Billy & good causes
The Cubs will unveil a statue of Hall of Famer Billy Williams on Tuesday at the corner of Sheffield and Addison streets outside Wrigley Field. Several of Williams’ teammates are scheduled to attend, including Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Santo and Glenn Beckert. During his 18-year Major League career, including 16 seasons with the Cubs, Williams batted .290 with 2,711 hits, 426 home runs and 1,475 RBIs. He won Rookie of the Year in 1961 and was a six-time NL All-Star.
* The Cubs will host an equipment collection drive on Saturday before their game against the Mets. Fans are invited to donate new and used equipment at specially marked tables on Clark Street between Addison and Waveland Streets, beginning at 10 a.m. CT Saturday. Donations will benefit Streator Youth Baseball. A tornado severely damaged the Southside Diamonds, the baseball fields of the Streator Youth Baseball, earlier this summer.
* The Cubs Wives will host their eighth annual Food Drive at Wrigley Field prior to Saturday’s game. The event is presented by Meijer and proceeds benefit the Lakeview Pantry. Since its inception in 2003, the event has helped secure more than 83,000 pounds of food.
* The Cubs Wives also will sell copies of the Cubs Cookbook on Monday at the Jewel store at 2940 W. Ashland Ave. in Chicago, starting at 12:30 p.m. CT. Proceeds benefit the Ryan Dempster Foundation.
– Carrie Muskat