The public memorial for Cubs legend Ernie Banks will be held on Wednesday in downtown Chicago. A statue of Banks will stand at Daley Plaza from Wednesday until Saturday.
Banksdied Friday from a heart attack at the age of 83. He was a Baseball Hall of Famer, two-time National League MVP, and the first African-American to play for the Cubs, where he spent his entire major league career.
Northern Illinois University’s football team is heading to Florida for the second time in the past three years. The Huskies accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. The Huskies will take on Marshall University 5 p.m. Dec. 23.
NIU wrested the Mid-American Conference title back from Bowling Green Friday night. The Huskies crushed the Falcons at the MAC championship game in Detroit, 51-17.
It has been 60 years since the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League’s players hung up their spikes. Now, a new book profiles one of the league’s greatest, who played for the Rockford Peaches.
Northern Illinois University has announced a national search for the position of associate vice president and director of athletics. A search firm will be utilized to expedite the search process. NIU President John G. Peters made the announcement May 14.
“After extensive consultation with President-Designate Baker and conversations with NCAA and BCS leaders, we’ve become convinced that it is time to launch a national search for a leader for our intercollegiate athletics program. Northern Illinois University enjoys a great reputation nationally.”
Rockford has a long, proud baseball history: it’s where sports pioneer Albert Spalding got his start. It’s where every company in town had its own industrial league team. And during World War Two, the most famous women’s professional baseball team drew thousands of fans. Now there’s a new team trying to revive the tradition of women playing hardball.
Northern Illinois University’s football team came up short last night in their first appearance in one of the nation’s top bowl games. The Huskies lost to the Florida State Seminoles 31 to 10 in the Orange Bowl.