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Kenny Williams, a Chicago White Sox executive, and anchorwoman Zoraida Sambolin touch the casket of Ernie Banks before Saturday’s service in Chicago.
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Kenny Williams, a Chicago White Sox executive, and anchorwoman Zoraida Sambolin touch the casket of Ernie Banks before Saturday’s service in Chicago.

Chicago bids farewell to Ernie Banks at memorial service

Political leaders, Hall of Fame ballplayers and dozens of ordinary Chicagoans bade a poignant but uplifting farewell Saturday to Ernie Banks, a Chicago Cubs infielder whose slugging and unflagging optimism made him an ambassador for his team and his city.

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