Ernie Banks tried to dissuade Obama

August, 13, 2013
8/13/13
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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Ernie Banks, the latest recipient of the highest honor a civilian can receive from a President of the United States, dropped a minor bombshell on Tuesday.

The Hall of Fame shortstop said he tried to talk to then-Senator Barack Obama out of running for this country's highest office in 2007.

Banks, who was at Wrigley field to be saluted by the Chicago Cubs for the presidential honor, said that he thought the then-junior Senator from Illinois probably would have a tough time winning.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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