CHICAGO -- Ernie Banks couldn't believe what he saw when he yanked away the blue tarp.
"Is that me?" he kept asking. "Is that me?"
There was No. 14 in his batting stance, clutching a Louisville Slugger and wearing a grin similar to the one on the face of the real Mr. Cub during the ceremony.
The Chicago Cubs unveiled a statue outside Wrigley Field on Monday, and on a rainy day in which they would be lucky to play one, let alone two, Banks saw nothing but sunshine.
In 1982, Banks became the first Cub to have his number retired. This time, he became the second to be immortalized in bronze -- joining the late broadcaster Harry Caray. The city declared it "Ernie Banks Day."
"This is a miracle," Banks said.
"So are you," one of the hundreds of fans lining Clark Street yelled back.
Banks, a two-time MVP and 14-time All-Star, hit 512 homers and drove in 1,636 runs while batting .274 in 19 seasons from 1953-71 with the Cubs.
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