MLB Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

01/24/15

Ernie Banks wife Liz Elzey Banks

 

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Chicago Cubs hall of fame Ernie Banks has passed away. Banks wife Liz Elzey, their adopted daughter and Banks' three adult children survive him.

Mr. Cub was married three times previously before marrying his current wife in 2007. In 2008, at the age of 77, Ernie and Liz Banks adopted a baby girl born in California where the couple had a home. Banks proposed to his first wife in 1951 while serving for the United States in the Korean War. He married Mollye Ector in 1953. While the couple split in 1955, brief attempts at reconciliation failed and the couple parted ways.

In 1959, Banks met, and eloped with Eloyce Johnson, with whom he had twin sons and a daughter before the couple divorced in 1981. In 1993, Ernie Banks married Marjorie Banks, who he later divorced immediately prior to his current marriage to Liz Elzey Banks in 1997. Marjorie Banks played a pivotal role in the Marge Schott scandal, serving as part of a group who met with Major League Baseball executives in light of the racial slurs from the Cincinnati Reds owner.

The cause of Banks death is unknown, after passing away at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. A man who lived his whole life in Cubs pinstripes was never fortunate to see them win a World Series title. A young club on the brink of a run of success, Banks was at the forefront of veterans excited to see a title come to the Windy City.

Ernie Banks was 83 years old.

12/02/14

Dale Scott's Husband Michael Rausch

 

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Major League Umpire Dale Scott introduced the baseball world to a new face today: Dale Scott's husband Michael Rausch.

The ump revealed that he is gay and married to his partner of nearly 30 years in a profile piece for Referee magazine. Scott understood the attention he would receive when he sent along a picture of himself and his husband Rausch, whom he married in November, 2013. Referee is a subscription only service with only 45,000 members. The piece was released in full after heavy demand from the public.

Scott addressed the article with Outsports.com, saying:

"Obviously, when I sent that picture (to the magazine), I knew exactly what it meant. In a small way, this was opening that door in a publication that wasn't going to be circulated nationwide. It could be picked up, but it's not Time magazine. I made that decision to go ahead and do it because I felt it was the right thing to do.

I realized that it could open a Pandora's Box, but this is not a surprise to Major League Baseball, the people I work for. It's not a surprise to the umpire staff.

Scott is an accomplished umpire who is set to begin his 30th season in MLB next year. He is currently a crew chief, having also worked in All Star Games and World Series in 98, 01 and 04. Major League Baseball released a statement supporting Scott, while Scott also discussed his appreciation for how his work has been handled and supported his career, and based his judgement on merit only.

Dale Scott is the first male official in one of the four major American sports to reveal he is gay. NBA referee Violet Palmer revealed she was marrying her girlfriend earlier this year.

11/13/14

Jacob Degrom's Wife Stacey Harris Degrom

 

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Jacob Degrom's wife Stacey Harris Degrom is livin' the dream. She just got married to the National League rookie of the year, she's going to Rangers games and sitting next to celebrity chefs (as reported by TMZ), she's heading off to Hawaii to catch some rays. What more could you want out of life? TMZ Sports gave a kind of super-excited rush interview before he left for dinner with Stacey. The guy interviewing him was so amped up Jacob looked a little tongue-tied.

For Jacob's wife Stacey, things could not be better. Stacey was seen a little earlier in the year helping out kids at a Mets community reachout program where she made duct tape wallets, lanyards (I'm not sure what those are), and bags with youngsters. Apparently a lanyard is one of those things that you hang around your neck for your keys. Gym teachers and coaching types use them for whistles too. So she's already into the giving-back aspect of being a player wife. Helping kids and less fortunate people is one of those great things good sports organizations hook up their players and significant others with.

The couple's trip to Hawaii is just one of those classic honeymoon destinations that you can't go wrong with if you're a valuable athlete. The more you pay, the better your getaway will be-- that's the golden rule of big relaxing vacations. Speaking of value, Jacob is still at the point where he's getting the rookie bucks even though he's the rookie of the year. That means he's being paid $500,000 a year instead of something way higher, which is sure to come. So the Mets right now are getting some great value out of him, and Stacey's ring is taking up a more significant percentage of his income than it would have had be been in the league a few more years and gotten out of the rookie salary stage. Jacob's wife Stacey ain't going anywhere but up.