Where are they now? "Mr. Cub," Ernie Banks on this week's SI Cover
Banks, along with former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton, are featured in SI's "Where are they now?" double issue.
A power-hitting shortstop and first baseman, Banks parlayed his immense talent into 11 All-Star appearances and induction into the Hall of Fame in 1977. Banks did all he could for the perennial cellar-dweller Cubs, winning two National League Most Valuable Player awards and hitting 512 home runs during his career, earning him title of "Mr. Cub." But Chicago had only six winning campaigns in Banks' 19 years in the majors.
In the issue, Banks explains why the Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908. "First of all, Wrigley Field. It's a different place to play," Banks tells SI's Rich Cohen. "I mean, the wind blows all kinds of ways. Foul lines are very close to the wall."
These days, 83-year-old Banks has settled into a comfortable life, mostly doing charity work. For more on Banks, check out Cohen's piece in the Sports Illustrated print edition this week (subscribe here).
Others featured in SI's 15th "Where are they now?" issue, include the infamous 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who lost all 14 of their games in their inaugural season; MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron; Olympic soccer champion Briana Scurry; and decathletes Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson, famous for their 1992 Reebok campaign before the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Also in the issue: Former Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett, who was left paralyzed in a 2007 game, but learned to walk again; Angelo Pizzo, who penned feel-good sports movies such as “Hoosiers” and “Rudy;” former Oklahoma star running back Marcus Dupree; former NBA player Harold “Baby Jordan” Miner; and sportscaster Van Earl Wright.