Ron Santo Dies

Ron Santo played his last of 15 Major League seasons for the crosstown Chicago White Sox, but he was always a Cub.

A star third baseman and part of the Cubs teams of the 1960s with Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins, many believe Santo should be in the Hall himself. Then he became a heartfelt broadcaster who couldn't help cheering his team from the radio booth for 21 more years.

He wasn't Mr. Cub -- that title belongs to Banks -- but Santo was the next best thing. So it was with great sorrow that Cubs fans around the world reacted Friday when they learned Santo had died from complications of bladder cancer. He was 70.

The Chicago baseball world lost a legend today with the passing of Ron Santo. If you were a Cubs fan, you loved listening to his call on the radio, and his play in the field for so many years. He truly was the Chicago Cubs #1 Fan. Here is the official press release from the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs legend Ron Santo passed away overnight at the age of 70 following a courageous battle with bladder cancer.

Legendary Chicago Cub and Cubs radio broadcaster, Ron Santo, died Thursday, December 2, 2010 of complications from bladder cancer and diabetes.

Friends of Santo’s family said the North Side icon lapsed into a coma on Wednesday before passing away Thursday. Remember Ron Santo with recent photos. He will be missed in Chicago.

Santo played for the Chicago Cubs from 1960 until 1973. He was a 9 time all-star and 5 time gold glove winner. Santo boasted a career .277 batting average while hitting 342 home runs and driving in 1,331 runs. Santo’s numbers are in the top five for players to never make the playoffs. His number was retired by the Chicago Cubs in 2003.

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 humor.