The Chicago Cubs have released details on tomorrow’s (Saturday) memorial services for Ernie Banks, who passed away one week ago today.
Saturday’s memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, and will include remembrances, readings and tributes from the following, who will speak in the order listed below:
- Tom Ricketts, Chairman of the Chicago Cubs, with a remembrance on behalf of the Chicago Cubs
- Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer, with a remembrance on behalf of Major League Baseball
- Billy Williams, Hall of Fame teammate, with a personal remembrance
- Fergie Jenkins, Hall of Fame teammate, with a reading
- Lou Brock, Hall of Famer and Cubs roommate, with a reading
- The Hon. Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois, with a remembrance on behalf of the State
- The Hon. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, with a remembrance on behalf of the City
- The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., with a personal tribute
- John Rogers, Friend of Ernie Banks, with a personal tribute
- Jerry and Joey Banks, twin sons of Ernie Banks, with personal tributes
Following the memorial service, the procession will embark on a route that will pass Ernie Banks’ statue in Daley Plaza and Wrigley Field. Due to the restoration of Wrigley Field, fans gathering at the ballpark are asked to view the procession from the following locations: the southwest corner of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street in front of the Captain Morgan Club; along the south side of Addison Street between Sheffield Avenue and Clark Street; or along the west side of Clark Street between Addison Street and Waveland Avenue.
At the end of the service, the procession will leave Fourth Presbyterian Church and drive south on Michigan Avenue, west on Randolph Street, south on Clark Street and east on Washington Street, where it will pass the Ernie Banks statue in Daley Plaza. The procession will then head to Lake Shore Drive to the Belmont Avenue exit. The procession will head west on Belmont Avenue, northwest on Clark Street, north on Sheffield Avenue and west on Addison Street to Clark Street, where it will pass the Wrigley Field Marquee.