WGN Radio Announcer, Chicago Cub Great Ron Santo Dies
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Former Chicago Cub great Ron Santo has died. Santo was 70.
From 1960-974 Ron Santo patrolled the hot corner for the Chicago Cubs and after an illustrious career Santo worked for WGN radio.
Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans," Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement Friday. He praised Santo for "his passion, his loyalty, high great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humour."
Ron Santo was considered one of the best players never to have been selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ron Santo was a 9 time All-Star and a 5 time Golden Glove winner.
Ron Santo Career Statistics
- Avg: .277
- Hits: 2,254
- HR's: 342
- RBI's: 1331
Ron Santo played for the ChicagoCubs from 1960-1973 and ended his career with the Chicago White Sox in 1974.
Ranto Santo had a long career in broadcast radio with WGN, starting with the Cubs radio team in 1990.
Born Ronald Edward Santo in Seattle on Feb. 25, 1940, Santo was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was 18. But he kept it from the team until he made his first All-Star Game in 1963, and fans didn't know about his diabetes for years after that.
Even though the Cubs failed to make the World Series in his lifetime, Santo once said his association with the team probably prolonged his life.
"If I hadn't had this when my troubles started, I don't know if I would have survived," he said in September 2003. "I really mean that. It's therapy.