Wrigley 100 August 22: Ernie Banks #14 Retired

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Banks flag

On this day in 1982, Ernie Banks’ number 14 became the first retired number in Chicago Cubs history.

Banks was honored in a pre game ceremony at Wrigley Field and his remarks were as gracious as they had been at Ernie Banks Day on the same field 18 years before.

”I want to thank the Wrigley organization, my managers, coaches and friends who gave me encouragement when I needed it. I also want to thank the fans who have given me the cheers. I can hear those cheers in my dreams today and I want to thank the new Cub organization for retiring my uniform.”.

Ernie Banks swing

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  • RJ Johnson

    Watching today’s game on a bit of a delay and just got to the play where Baker made the great putout at the plate. The easiest way I’ve found to understand where the baserunner’s “lane” to home plate is to consider that the catcher can position himself in front of the plate between the foul lines. If he does that, there is no way he can block the lane for the runner. Also, what many people forget is that the catcher can reposition himself to defend the plate *after he catches the ball*.

    The short version is: before the ball arrives, the baserunner has foul territory and the catcher has fair territory. After the ball arrives, the catcher can defend the runner whereever.

    Hope this helps and “Go, Cubs!”

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