MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs will wear No. 14 patches this season, including in spring training games, to honor the late Ernie Banks, the team announced on Thursday.
Additionally, players will wear No. 14 hats when they open Cactus League play with a split-squad affair on March 5. Banks will also be honored in a ceremony before the Cubs' regular-season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5. Each fan attending that game will receive a commemorative pin in his honor.
“There is no level of recognition that can properly acknowledge how much Ernie Banks meant to this franchise and fan base,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. “Collectively, we must ensure Mr. Cub’s legacy rightfully lives on at the Friendly Confines and with future generations of baseball fans.”
Banks passed away last month at age 83 after suffering a heart attack. He hit 512 home runs and was a two-time MVP in a 19-year career, all with the Cubs. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977. The Cubs are planning additional tributes throughout the season.