Wgn Radio , Ron Santo Passed Away at Age of 70
December 3, 2010 by USA Post
Santo death was confirmed at the site of WGN, where he worked as a radioanlyst on Cubs games. Santo died in Arizona from complications of bladder cancer, he said.
“He loved the Cubs,” Pat Hughes, Santo broadcast partner, told the Chicago Tribune. “The Cubs have lost their biggest fan.”
Santo had a lifelong battle with diabetes, which included the amputation of both legs, but continued to work as radioanlyst. WGN said he had been scheduled to return to the broadcast booth in 2011.
“It felt therapeutic attend games,” said Hughes. “He delighted in the right stand at the end.”
Santo played for the Cubs from 1960 to 1973 before joining the White Sox for one final season. At nine-time All-Star, he hit 0,277 during his 15-year career with 342 homers and 1,331 RBIs, and won five gold gloves Price on defense.
Santo is one of the leaders of the 1969 Cubs team that has undergone one of the biggest collapses in MLB history. Chicago led the National League East Division nine games in August before losing 26 of its final 43 games to finish eight games behind the Mets, who would win the World Series.
In 1990, Santo joined WGN radio flagship station of the Cubs, as ananlyst. He missed several road trips last season.
Listening to Santo on Cubs game was like listening to the broadcast with your grandfather because Santo instinctive reaction, not ananlysis of a game, “said Brad Zibung, founder and editor of The Heckler, a satirical publication and Web site primarily focused on sports teams in Chicago.
“I’ve always loved the emotion that came with his broadcasts,” Zibung, 34, said in a telephone interview.
Tom Ricketts, president of the Cubs, said he and his siblings learned from his work Santo radio, long before they bought the team.
“He was known for his passion, his loyalty, personal courage and his great sense of humor,” Ricketts said in a statement on the WGN site. “It was our great honor to know him personally in our first year as owners. Ronnie will forever remain the heart and soul of Cubs fans.”
Santo was up for appointment to the Baseball Hall of Fame 19 times without being selected. It is closest in 2007 when he fell five votes shy of the election of the hall’s Veterans Committee.
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