By Jon Weisman
Tonight, we offer the happy news of the birth of the first child of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw. Cali Ann Kershaw was born today, and she and her parents are all doing great.
Cali Ann was born at 5:43 p.m. CT. She is 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long.
Our hearts are full but also heavy, as we digest the news of the passing today of Mr. Cub, the legendary Ernie Banks. The entire baseball community, and especially the Cubs family, is in mourning, and I can’t help but think of my Dad, a Cubs fan for more than seven decades, in this moment.
“Ernie Banks was a great, great player,” Tommy Lasorda said tonight, “and when he no longer could play, he became a great ambassador for the game. He represented the game with the highest of class and dignity. Everybody loved Ernie Banks. He enjoyed baseball, life and people.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We have truly lost a baseball giant.”
Give your loved ones, the youngest and oldest and everyone in between, a big hug.
“He was my picture of why baseball is such a wonderful game,” my father just wrote to me.
Ernie Banks’ last career appearance at Dodger Stadium was July 7, 1971 — in a doubleheader.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) January 24, 2015