8/13 Cubs to honor Ernie
The Cubs and Ricketts family will recognize Hall of Famer Ernie Banks in a pregame ceremony tonight for his recent honor of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack H. Obama. Former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Billy Williams will honor his friend on the field, and Banks will follow with an acknowledgement to the crowd.
The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. CT. Fans interested in viewing the ceremony may still purchase game tickets at Cubs.com.
The Medal of Freedom is the highest honor awarded to civilians in the United States. It was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy and is presented to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Banks joins a distinguished list of baseball players to receive this prestigious award, including Hank Aaron (2002), Roberto Clemente (2003) Joe DiMaggio (1977), Stan Musial (2011), Buck O’Neil (2006), Frank Robinson (2005), Jackie Robinson (1984) and Ted Williams (1991).