Ernie Banks: He Was Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

By Tom Siebert

One cold April afternoon at Wrigley Field, I was among a throng of kids hovering over the third base wall, asking Ernie Banks for his autograph. But with each signing, Mr. Cub kept demurring, “I have to go. The game is about to start.” Thrusting my scorecard and pencil his way, I yelled, “Please, Ernie!” And he said smiling, “Okay. I’ll make ya happy.” And he did. For many years. Let’s play two tonight.

Ernie Banks


About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at or (816) 344-7815.
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