Chicago Cubs

Ernie Banks Statue to Move to Daley Plaza

The statue is currently in storage due to the Wrigley Field renovation project

The Chicago Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that Ernie Banks' statue, which previously stood outside of Wrigley Field, will move to Daley Plaza from Wednesday to Saturday.

The statue was temporarily removed from its location at Wrigley Field for the renovation project that's currently underway. It will move from its storage in a facility outside of the city to Daley Plaza to allow fans to honor and remember Mr. Cub, according to the Chicago Cubs.

Banks was the first player in Cubs history to be honored with a statue at Wrigley Field in 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977 and played for the Cubs for 19 seasons.

"Ernie Banks' legacy extends far beyond his Hall of Fame states. He was beloved by generations of people for the way he played on the field and -- more importantly -- for the kind and warm person he was off the field," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "We are bringing Ernie's statue to Daley Plaza to honor not just one of the best ballplayers of all time, but a great man who made our city proud from the day we first met him in 1953."

Banks' family attorney, Mark Bogen, announced Sunday that the Cubs player passed away after suffering from a heart attack on Friday at the age of 83.

Bogen also shared another way that fans can remember Banks via a Facebook page called Ernie Banks Remembered that was created for fans to celebrate Banks' legendary life.

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