A leg­endary triple play

Chicago Sun-Times - - Quick Hits Sports -

An early happy birth­day to Ernie Banks. ‘‘Mr. Cub’’ will cel­e­brate his 79th on Sun­day.

He soon will be­come a Leg­endary Land­mark, too, or some­thing like that, of­fi­cially — as if he isn’t one al­ready.

Banks, Chicago Marathon founder Lee Fla­herty and ac­tor/writer/ di­rec­tor Harold Ramis will be hon­ored at Land­marks Illi­nois’ fifth an­nual Leg­endary Land­marks Gala.

The event will be March 6 at the Palmer House Hil­ton, 17 E. Mon­roe.

Banks is the first sports fig­ure to achieve ‘‘Leg­endary Land­mark’’ sta­tus. Tick­ets ($500 per per­son) to the black-tie event, which Bob Sirott will em­cee, may be pur­chased by phon­ing (312) 922-1742.

‘‘This year we are thrilled to honor three in­di­vid­u­als whose work has not only ben­e­fit­ted the city of Chicago, but has im­pacted in­di­vid­u­als across the na­tion and the world,’’ or­ga­ni­za­tion pres­i­dent and CEO Jim Peters said. ‘‘They are three in­cred­i­bly ac­com­plished men who have left a per­ma­nent mark with their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions.’’

Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Land­marks Illi­nois, which is ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing his­tor­i­cally mean­ing­ful trea­sures. Gen­er­ally that refers to sites, build­ings and ar­eas, but Quick Hits would have to think Banks some­how fits, too.

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