- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Former Chicago Cubs teammates are remembering Ernie Banks as a man who was about much more than baseball.

Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins spoke of Banks’ character at a memorial service at a Chicago church on Saturday. He said Banks wanted to be a “teammate,” not a star.

Fellow Hall of Famer Billy Williams recalled many conversations with Banks about life and current events. He marveled that while he never saw the ball player read a book, Banks nonetheless “knew about everything” and was a “joy to be around.”

Williams called on the crowd to consider Saturday’s events a “celebration” rather than a time of mourning. And he wished Banks a happy birthday, noting that he would have turned 84 on Saturday.

Banks died Jan. 23 of a heart attack.


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