Chicago Cubs 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.

10/31/14

Joe Maddon's Wife Jaye Maddon

 

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It's all but totally confirmed that Joe Maddon will be the Cubs' new manager, and Joe Maddon's wife Jaye Maddon is knows exactly how to transport her dogs to Chicago. The couple had a house in California where their three dogs lived, but they decided last year to move them to Florida where Joe was coaching the Rays. Jaye could not stomach moving her Great Dane and English Bulldog via plane since the Great Dane suffers from bloat and putting dogs in a cargo hold is generally pretty horrible. So their solution was to buy a recreational vehicle-- a home on wheels.

Now it looks like Joe and wife Jaye will put that badboy to use once again. Jaye and Joe met in California, and they've actually already got three separate homes in Pennsylvania, Tampa, and California. That will likely change now, but the California home is certainly not going anywhere since Jaye spends most of her time there teaching law at the University of Phoenix. The couple met back in 1995 when they were both married to other people, and it was only in 2008 when they finally tied the knot. Jaye was working as an accountant at an athletic club that Joe used to go when he was the Angels coach, and he used to leave her tickets to the games since she was and remains a huge baseball fan. Must be pretty cool to have a wife who actually digs baseball when you're a baseball manager. Too bad she's an Angels fan and not a Cubs fan. The two teams don't really even play each other.

The couple also both like fast cars, according to the Tampa Tribue. They apparently have quite a lot in common, and their living arrangement seems to be working out for them quite well (they apparently don't seem a whole lot of each other since Jaye prefers to stay in California. Jaye's best friend says of the couple: "I would say they are perfectly matched."

07/19/14

Greg Maddux's Wife Kathy Maddux

 

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Greg Maddux's wife Kathy Maddux may have turned the tide for his hall of fame logo selection. The legendary pitcher will go without a logo on his cap for his plaque when he's inducted into the Hall. In his explanation, he states that Kathy and himself "grew up in baseball in Chicago," which at first I thought meant that his wife was from Chicago, but it turns out his wife is from Fabulous Las Vegas.

Greg himself moved to Las Vegas in 1978. He met Kathy there in high school, and the two started dating. They got married in 1989, following his drafting in the second round in 1984. So this kind of explains "grew up in baseball in Chicago." It's not that they're from Chicago, but it's more like they dug their heels in there. After all, it wasn't until 1986 that he got his first start on the Cubs, after proving himself in the minors on teams like Pikefield, Peoria, Pittsfield, and Iowa. Things didn't go well. He was the youngest player in the National Leage, and went 2-4 with 5 starts that season. His second season he went 6-14 with 27 starts. Ouch. Then, in 1988 he was getting paid $82,500 dollars and managed to break out with an 18-8 record, making the all-star team. Then began his very long and massively successful era of dominance.

I mean, Maddux is one of the top 5 greatest pitchers who ever lived. It's very hard to say he's not a top 5 pitcher. Look at his stats. He won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards, and in that stretch of play was 75-29 with a 1.98 ERA. One year, he posted an ERA of 1.63 and went an astonishing 19-2. Yes, that's 19 wins and 2 losses, guys. That is absolutely nuts. You can go on and on about his accomplishments. The weird thing is the Atlanta Braves only won a single championship in all the time they had their monstrously talented squad assembled. The 1995 Braves: David Justice, Fred McGriff, Marquis Grissom, Chipper Jones, Ryan Klesko, Javy Lopez. Pitching lineup included John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux. Everyone was in their prime. How does that team not win every single year?