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Chicago is in mourning today after hearing about the death of Ron Santo, a beloved former Cubs player and broadcaster who passed away last night after losing his battle with bladder cancer at the age of 70.
Ron Santo, originally from Seattle, played for the Chicago Cubs from 1960 until 1974. His stats were impressive and made the National League All-Star team in nine seasons and finished with 342 home runs, 1,331 RBI and a .277 batting average. He also led the National League in walks four times. Although never making it into the Hall of Fame, Ron Santo was up for the honor 19 times and is widely regarded as one of the best players not in the Hall of Fame.
Even though he was an amazing baseball player, Ron Santo never had it easy. Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 18, Ron is no stranger to medical problems. He ended up losing both legs to diabetes in 2001 and 2002.
Family spokesman John McDonough confirmed that Ron Santo passed away in an Arizona hospital.
Tom Ricketts, Chicago Cubs Chairman, released a statement:
My siblings and I first knew Ron Santo as fans, listening to him in the broadcast booth. We knew him for his passion, his loyalty, his great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humor. It was our great honor to get to know him personally in our first year as owners. Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans.
In his later years, Ron Santo worked hard at raising money for diabetes research. May he rest in peace.
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