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Lacy J. Banks dies at 68

Updated: March 22, 2012, 10:57 PM ET
By Roman Modrowski | ESPNChicago.com

Lacy J. Banks, the first African-American sportswriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, died Wednesday at the age of 68 after a long battle with heart disease.

Banks joined the Sun-Times in 1972 and began covering the Chicago Bulls in the mid-1980s. He covered Michael Jordan's entire NBA career, including all six of the Bulls' championships, and he covered the Bulls into the postseason last year.

Banks also was a long-time Baptist preacher and weaved that background into his columns and his ...

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