Chicago Cubs Icon Ron Santo Dies At 70

December 4th, 2010 - 2:42 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
ronDec 4, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Ron Santo, the all star third baseman for Chicago Cubs and much acclaimed broadcaster has passed away at Arizona Hospital on Thursday. The legendary player died battling against bladder cancer. Condolences are pouring in since the news of his demise has been announced and Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts released a statement on behalf of the team where it was stated that the team remembers the veteran player for his loyalty, his passion for the game, his personal courage to fight with his disease as well as his sense of humor.

Tom Ricketts also reiterated in the statement that it was a great honor for the team to know Ron Santo personally. In the end, the statement read that Ron Santo would always be the soul of Chicago Cubs. Despite having a record of 342 homers in 15 seasons, it was astonishing for his fans because he never got into Hall of Fame. Commissioner Bud Selig expressed his sadness and condolences and said that Ron Santo represented the goodwill of baseball and at the same time, he was the Chicago Cubs franchise. Bud Selig said that Ron Santo’s career both as a player and broadcaster shared a common thread and it was Chicago Cubs team. Hall of Famer Andre Dawson who played with Ron Santo said that the late player always had smile on his face and he never complained about anything.

The club president of Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan said that Ron Santo was always a good and tough competitor and he deserved to be in the Hall of Fame. Ron Santo fought with medical problems like his diabetes which left him with amputated leg. Ron Santo also had heart and bladder problems but according to Pat Hughes, his fellow broadcaster, the player never complained.

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