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Mr. Cub Was “Front Row, Center” for World Series

(Photo taken,assumed, when on cover of Sports Illustrated and provided by wife Liz Banks.)

(Photo taken,assumed, when on cover of Sports Illustrated and provided by wife Liz Banks.)

“Front row, center” was the answer from Liz Banks, wife of Cub all-time baseball star Ernie Banks who lived in Venice, when asked if she felt Ernie was there during the World Series.

Ernie Banks, who took all the records and whose eulogy read like an unequaled Who’s Who of baseball’s Hall of Fame, was called “Mr. Cub,” “Mr. Sunshine” and coined the phrase “Let’s Play Two.”

He played for the Cubs all his playing years 1953 to 1971, and sadly during that time, they never won the World Series, never won a pennant. But Mr. Cub will go down in history, never to be forgotten.

Photo taken of "Mr. Cub" during the unveiling of his life-size statue at Wrigley Field, Chicago. The statue in front of him is a replica.(Photo courtesy of Liz Banks.)

Photo taken of “Mr. Cub” during the unveiling of his life-size statue at Wrigley Field, Chicago. The statue in front of him is a replica.(Photo courtesy of Liz Banks.)

Rick Talley, award winning sports writer, wrote the book “The Cubs of ’69,” and said “The Cubs were awful but then there was Ernie.” That said it all for the Cubs until this year … the year the cubs garnered the World Series title.

Am sure Rick and Ernie were both front row, center for this one.

It was an honor and privilege for this writer to have meet them both.

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