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Part two of interview with Ernie Banks airs Sunday, March 6

6 months agoStaff Report

Marquee Sports Network this Sunday, March 6, premieres part two of Bob Sirott’s interview with Ernie Banks on Icons of the Ivy presented by Miller Lite. Airing at 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, part two of the interview features Mr. Cub discussing his relationship with Cubs fans, his feelings on being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the opportunity to play alongside so many MLB greats during his playing days.

Authenticated subscribers can watch part one of the interview on demand through the Marquee Sports Network app (Watch here).

Sirott, now the host of WGN Radio’s morning drive, recorded these in-depth feature interviews in partnership with the Cubs in 2010 and 2011, but the conversations have not aired publicly until now. 

“I was honored to be approached by Crane Kenney a number of years ago to lead a series of conversations with these Cubs icons, truly some of the greatest and most memorable players in franchise history,” said Sirott. “For me, baseball is all about stories, and linking generations, so having the opportunity to conduct these interviews with so many of my favorite players growing up was one of the greatest thrills of my professional career. Thank you to Crane for giving me this opportunity and to Marquee Sports Network for now sharing these stories with Cubs fans.”

Icons of the Ivy Upcoming Episodes

  • Ernie Banks (part two) – Premiere date: March 6, 7 p.m. CT
    A continuation of Sirott’s interview with Banks, Mr. Cub talks about his relationship with Cubs fans, his induction into the Hall of Fame, and playing alongside other stars of the day
  • Glenn Beckert – Premiere date: March 13, 7 p.m. CT
    Bob Sirott sits down with four-time All-Star Glenn Beckert to talk about his journey to the big leagues, rooming with Ron Santo and his relationship with Cubs fans
  • Randy Hundley – Premiere date: March 20, 7 p.m. CT
    Gold Glove catcher and 1969 N.L. All-Star Randy Hundley joins Sirott to discuss his unique catching style, relationship with former manager Leo Durocher and reflections on the memorable 1969 campaign
  • Ron Santo – Premiere date: March 27, 7 p.m. CT
    A nine-time All-Star and one of the greatest Cubs of all-time, Ron Santo shares how diabetes reshaped his outlook on life, his great relationship with his roommate Glenn Beckert and his unending love for the Chicago Cubs

ABOUT ICONS OF THE IVY: Icons of the Ivy premiered in 2021 as a series of roundtable discussions and interviews with Cubs legends. Previous iterations of the series include a three-part Hall of Fame discussion with Cubs legends Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith and Billy Williams, and a two-part series looking back at the popular 2007-08 Cubs teams with Ryan Dempster, Derrek Lee, Kerry Wood and Aramis Ramirez. Previous episodes of Icons of the Ivy can be watched on demand on the Marquee Sports Network app.

ABOUT BOB SIROTT: A lifelong Chicagoan, Bob Sirott started as a morning radio show personality in 1971. His acclaimed broadcasting career has spanned nearly five decades and has included stints at WMAQ, WBBM-FM, WLS, WGN and various television stations. In 2015, Sirott was recognized for his achievements in the media industry and inducted into the Silver Circle by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He currently is the host of the morning drive on WGN Radio, weekdays from 6-10 a.m.

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