Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ernie Banks ran for office as a Republican

Author at Wrigley Field
Ernie Banks, the cheerful Chicago Cubs legendary slugger, died last week. Tributes--well deserved ones--have rolled in from the sports world and beyond.

Here's an item that is often overlooked about Mr. Cub. In 1963, while still playing first base for the North Siders, Banks ran for alderman as a Republican for Chicago's 8th Ward seat. Of course he lost.

But Ernie died a winner.

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