Ernie Banks statue getting a makeover

PEORIA, Ill. — A statute of “Mr. Cub” is getting a makeover at Bradley University.

The bronzed likeness of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks had been outside Wrigley Field since March 2008. But artist Lou Cella tells the (Peoria) Journal Star that the statute was turning green because the metal was oxidizing too fast.

To restore it, Cella turned to artists in central Illinois. So, the 7-foot, 400-pound statue was loaded onto a truck and driven to Peoria.

The statue was brought to the Heuser Art Center, where they refinished it. After being waxed and buffed, the Banks statue will head back to Wrigley Field on Friday.

Banks is a two-time MVP and 14-time All-Star who logged 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs in 19 seasons with the Cubs.

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