By: Toni Ginnett | Chicago Sun-Times
Lacy J. Banks was an unconventional pioneer.
He was a trailblazer as the first full-time African-American sportswriter for the (Chicago) Sun-Times, a job that led him to cover seven world championships involving Chicago teams.
He was a Baptist preacher for nearly 60 years, too, a side of himself he could uniquely intertwine into his career as a journalist.
And beginning in 2008 he became his own journalism subject, chronicling his health battles with prostate cancer, a brain tumor and heart disease in blogs he wrote for the Sun-Times.
He won his first two battles, but the last would conquer him. Banks, 68, died Wednesday.