Results tagged ‘ Ernie Banks ’

7/23 Hall of Fame

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks sang the seventh inning stretch Friday and will head to Cooperstown on Saturday to take part in the ceremonies when Andre Dawson is inducted. Dawson may be going in wearing an Expos cap, but the Cubs are treating it as if he’s one of their own and will host a reception for the Hawk Saturday night. Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg will attend the reception and ceremony.

– Carrie Muskat

7/21 Ramirez HR/RBI numbers

Aramis Ramirez hit three homers and drove in seven runs on Tuesday, his fourth three-homer game to tie Albert Pujols for the most among active players and tie Ernie Banks for the second-most in Cubs history. Sammy Sosa has the most three-homer games with six, which ties him with Johnny Mize for the Major League record.

Ramirez also has nine homers and 24 RBIs in his last 12 games. According to Elias Sports Bureau, only two other Cubs batters have had at least nine homers and 24 RBIs over a dozen games: Hack Wilson (1928) and Sosa (in both 1998 and 2002).

– Carrie Muskat

7/15 Theriot helps Gulf Coast

Ryan Theriot and Chicago Cubs Charities have teamed up to create a “Mystery Ball” sale at Wrigley Field. Proceeds will benefit the National Wildlife Federation in support of its Gulf Coast relief efforts. Fans can participate July 20 when the Cubs face the Astros. Sales will take place in front of the Wrigley Field gates, so those without a ticket can also purchase a “Mystery Ball” or make a contribution.

Each Cubs player, plus Lou Piniella, plus Ernie Banks and select Cubs alumni have autographed baseballs for that night. More than 1,000 will be sold. Each signed baseball will be placed in a brown bag and distributed randomly at Wrigley Field’s entrance gates. Fans can purchase a mystery ball for $20, with proceeds benefitting Chicago Cubs Charities and the National Wildlife Federation.

Fans can purchase the mystery ball when the gates open at 5:05 p.m. CT. They’ll be sold until the third inning or until supplies last.

– Carrie Muskat

4/24 Race to Wrigley

RACE.JPGMore than 8,300 runners packed under the Wrigley Field marquee on the corner of Clark and Addison streets as part of the 5th Annual Race to Wrigley Saturday. The record number of runners helped raise more than $150,000 to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities and Children’s Memorial Hospital. Ernie Banks served as the official race starter.

The course route began under the marquee and led runners through the Lakeview neighborhood and inside the ballpark’s concourse before finishing at the corner of Clark and Addison. Lars Juhl won in 15 minutes 25 seconds, while Christine Anderson claimed the top female time at 18:17.

(photo courtesy of Edward Thomas, Fanfoto)

– Carrie Muskat

4/15 Lee's 100th Wrigley HR

Derrek Lee hit his 100th career home run at Wrigley Field in the first inning Thursday. Back in the lineup after being pulled Monday because of inflammation in his right thumb, Lee hit a 3-2 pitch from Milwaukee’s Jeff Suppan to straightaway center field.

He’s now the 10th player to hit 100 regular season homers at Wrigley Field. The group includes Sammy Sosa (293), Ernie Banks (290), Billy Williams (231), Ron Santo (212), Ryne Sandberg (164), Hank Sauer (118), Gabby Hartnett (115), Andre Dawson (110) and Hack Wilson (109).

Of Lee’s 100 career homers at Wrigley, 99 have come with the Cubs. He did hit one for the Florida Marlins on July 7, 2003, off Matt Clement.

– Carrie Muskat

3/31Cubs to honor Billy Williams

The Cubs will honor Hall of Famer Billy Williams with a statue of the left fielder, to be unveiled Sept. 7 outside Wrigley Field. New owner Tom Ricketts told Williams and his wife Shirley on Tuesday night at a team function. The location is yet to be determined, but it may be temporary. One of the plans connected to the so-called Triangle building to be constructed along Clark Street includes a pedestrian walkway. Williams’ statue could be located close to left field with Banks’ statue remaining near Clark and Addison streets.

“”It’s a great tribute,” Williams said Wednesday.

The statue will be engraved with Williams’ nickname, “Sweet Swinging.”

“It’s a great tribute and his legacy will live on forever,” Lou Piniella said. “A statue of Billy on one side and Ernie on the other, it doesn’t get any better than that. It’s well deserved and a well thought gesture by the Ricketts family.”

It’s nice to see that one of the first moves by the Ricketts is to honor the past.

“They said they were fans,” Piniella said. “This is a gesture in that direction.”

– Carrie Muskat

1/15/10 Welcome to the club

Andre Dawson received the loudest and longest ovation during opening ceremonies at the Cubs Convention on Friday at the Chicago Hilton. Dawson was recently elected into the baseball Hall of Fame, and even though it hasn’t been determined which cap he’ll wear in Cooperstown, the Cubs fans saluted him. Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg also are attending the Cubs Convention.

Jenkins was asked if he taught Dawson the secret Hall of Fame handshake.

“No,” Jenkins said, laughing. “I just asked him, ‘What took you so long?'”

– Carrie Muskat

12/11 Dominican trip

Want to know what it’s like to play with the Cubs in the Dominican Republic? Check out this YouTube video:

If my link attempt doesn’t work, go to YouTube and do a search for “Chicago Cubs Dreams La Romana”

Good to see Billy Williams swinging a bat. He still has a sweet swing. Ernie Banks, Carlos Marmol, Aramis Ramirez and Sean Marshall also are featured.

– Carrie Muskat

9/22 D-Lee RBIs

Assuming Derrek Lee drives in one more run in the next nine games for the Cubs, he will have at least 20 RBIs in each of the last four months.

The most recent Cubs to accomplish that feat — and their RBIs totals for June, July, August and September — include:

1998 Sammy Sosa: 158 RBIs total (June 40; July 29; August  28; September  22)

1972 Billy Williams: 122 RBIs (June 23; July 29; August 26; September 26)

1959 Ernie Banks: 143 RBIs (June 26; July 27; August 24; September 21)

1957 Ernie Banks: 102 RBIs (June 22;, July 24; August 21; September 22)

Note: September and October numbers are not combined)

– Carrie Muskat

9/16 A little RBI history

At the end of June, Derrek Lee led the Cubs with 39 RBIs. He now has 101 for the season. It’s rare for a player to have less than 40 RBIs at the end of June and still reach 100 for the year.  The last three Cubs to do so are:

Sammy Sosa: 36 RBIs end of June 2003; finished with 103

Ron Santo: 39 RBIs end of June 1970; finished with 114

Ernie Banks: 35 RBIs end of June 1957; finished with 102

– Carrie Muskat


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