Baseball: Mr. Cub

When a 163-ton abstract metal sculpture by Pablo Picasso was unveiled in the plaza of Chicago's Civic Center two years ago, one official was outraged. Describing the work as a "rusting junk heap," Alderman John Hoellen demanded in a resolution to the city council that it be dismantled. In all seriousness, he suggested replacing it with a 50-ft. statue of that modern folk hero and living symbol of a "vibrant city": Chicago Cub Infielder Ernie Banks.

At the time, Chicago baseball fans thought that Hoellen had an excellent idea. Today, with the Cubs...

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