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By Sarah Palmer, Customer Experience Trainer

With attendees returning from the Windy City’s American Library Association’s MidWinter Meeting, ProQuest would like to recognize the life of Ernie Banks, the beloved Chicago Cubs player, who passed away on January 23, 2015. 

Ernie Banks appears in a variety of ProQuest resources, for various reasons; two of those are his popularity among fans of baseball, and his reputation as a man of integrity. 

Learn more about Ernie Banks through these ProQuest products:

•    A review of Ernie Banks' autobiography appeared in Women’s Wear Daily in 1971.

The article refers to a Picasso statue installed in Daley Plaza in 1967, to a mixed reception. Alderman John Hoellen was quoted as saying “I call it Picasso’s fiasco, a rising heap of rusting iron.” At the time of the book review, the Alderman had “introduced a resolution in city council rejecting the gift and proposing for its place in front of the civic center a five-story status of Ernie Banks, who [w]as ‘a living symbol of a vibrant city.’”

The review went on to say that although there were other sports books released about the same time, “Nobody who has felt the sunny warmth of Ernie Banks, either in personal contact or by reflection through the sports pages, will be surprised to learn that his book has little in common with other recent products….” Banks’ book was the only one of several that did not reveal “intimacies … reveal[ed] about former teammates and … sneers … toward others…. If Banks ever met anybody he didn’t like, the secret is still locked inside him.”

•  Ernie was so popular that WGN used his image to woo advertisers! [Image to right courtesy of Broadcasting / Broadcasting & Cable (US, 1931-2000), in Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive].

•  Illinois representative Mike Quiqley also recognized Ernie Banks in the Congressional Record this past week:

Madam Speaker, the Chicago Cubs, baseball, and all sports has lost a legend. Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub," passed away last Friday.

From humble beginnings, Ernie won two MVPs as a power-hitting shortstop and became an All-Star and a Hall of Famer. But perhaps more importantly, he overcame the racism he faced to become an amazing ambassador for the Cubs, his beloved Wrigley Field, and the game itself.

You could not have met a more decent, kinder, happier soul on any field of endeavor. It was for these roles that he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ernie, thanks for reminding us that baseball is a game that should be watched and played for fun. Indeed, let's play two. You will be missed.


Women's Wear Daily citation/image on home page (quote from Bob Scheffling): The features: Red Smith Sportif. (1971, May 25). Women’s Wear Daily, 122, 34. Copyright 2013 Fairchild Fashion Media.

Broadcasting citation: WGN IS CHICAGO. (1971, Feb 22). Broadcasting (Archive: 1957-1993), 80, 23.

Congressional citation:
Citation: 161 Cong Rec H 585
Section: House
Document Date: January 27, 2015
Congress-Session: 114-1
Reference Volume: Vol. 161 No. 13 Pg. H585


03 Feb 2015

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