Friday April 10th, 2015

The Colorado Rockies honored Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks before Friday's game between the two teams.

Banks died in January at the age of 83.

The Rockies held a moment of silence for Banks and put a tribute to him on the scoreboard. 

Remembering Ernie Banks: Why 'Mr. Cub' was the ideal baseball hero

The Cubs held a moment of silence ahead of their Opening Night game against the St. Louis Cardinals to honor Banks and former Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras. Taveras was killed in a car crash in October. 

Chicago is also honoring Banks during home games with a large photo tarp in the unfinished Wrigley Field bleachers.

Banks, nicknamed "Mr. Cub," spent his entire 19-year career with the Cubs and was the first African-American player in franchise history. He was named to 14 All-Star Games and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

- Molly Geary

 

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