2008 Ernie Banks "Mr. Cub" Statue--His Personal Model. If there is any honor greater than a bronze plaque in Cooperstown, it's a statue outside the ballpark where you earned that immortality. It was in 2008 that Mr. Cub became a permanent fixture outside the hallowed grounds of Wrigley Field, masterfully cast in life-sized bronze. Banks spoke eloquently at the dedication ceremony, in the humble and joyful manner that earned him nearly as many fans as his elite talents:

    "I always thought to myself, 'I'm here at Wrigley Field, playing day games for the best fans in the world,' and I was satisfied. I was the only professional athlete who played his entire career in one city, Chicago. One mayor, Richard J. Daley. One owner, P.K. Wrigley. One park, Wrigley Field. And I played all my home games under one light, God's light. I was satisfied."

    Presented is the version of that statue that served as Banks' constant companion in his home, a limited edition bronze scaled down from the Wrigley version to a far more manageable two feet (24") in height. Sculptor Lou Cella utilized a method relatively unchanged since bronze was first cast three thousand years ago to honor immortals of Greece and Rome. Some things never change. Letter of provenance from the Estate of Ernie Banks.

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