JEFF PEARLMAN

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Today’s SI.com column …

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is about Ernie Banks, and the statement he (and the Chicago Cubs) is making by appearing in this weekend’s Gay Pride Parade.

Growing up, I’m sure the idea of playing in the Majors was preposterous to a young black kid out of the Negro Leagues. Just as, in a sense, it is in 2010 for an openly gay person.

Let’s hope that changes.