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Cubs to pay tribute to Ernie Banks on Opening Day, throughout season

The Chicago Cubs have announced plans to honor the late Ernie Banks beginning in spring training and throughout the 2015 season.

The Cubs will wear a commemorative #14 patch on both their home and away jerseys from the start of spring ball through the end of the season. The Cubs will also open their spring training schedule by wearing #14 hats during both split squad games March 5.

On opening day against the Cardinals on April 5, every fan in attendance will receive a commemorative pin in honor of the Hall of Famer. Fans will see many other tributes paying homage to Banks’ life and career throughout the evening.

“There is no level of recognition that can properly acknowledge how much Ernie Banks meant to this franchise and fan base,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said. “Collectively, we must ensure Mr. Cub’s legacy rightfully lives on at the Friendly Confines and with future generations of baseball fans.”

Banks died of a heart attack on Jan. 23. He spent 19 seasons with the Cubs from 1953-71, won two MVP awards and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1977.