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Friday, November 11, 2011
Cleaned Banks statue back at Wrigley

By ESPNChicago.com news services

A statue of "Mr. Cub" is back home at Wrigley Field after getting a makeover at Bradley University.

The bronzed likeness of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks had been outside Wrigley Field since March 2008. But artist Lou Cella told the (Peoria) Journal Star that the statue was turning green because the metal was oxidizing too fast.

To restore it, Cella turned to artists in central Illinois. So, the 7-foot, 400-pound statue was loaded onto a truck and driven to Peoria.

The statue was brought to the Heuser Art Center, where they refinished it. After being waxed and buffed, the Banks statue was returned to Wrigley Field on Friday morning.

Banks is a two-time MVP and 14-time All-Star who logged 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs in 19 seasons with the Cubs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.