Cubs star Ron Santo dies at 70
Ron Santo, who was an All Star third baseman for the Chicago Cubs in the 1960s and '70s and later became an announcer for the team, died Thursday in Arizona at age 70. He had bladder cancer.
Santo played on some horrible Cubs teams and on some teams -- with Hall of Fame teammates Ernie Banks and Billy Williams -- that broke the hearts of Chicago fans. He was also a perennial contender for the Hall of Fame but never made it. In later years, he had medical problems that resulted in the amputation of both legs.
He has been a frequent topic of discussion among baseball historians, who have sought to answer this question: Is Ron Santo the greatest baseball player who is not in the Hall of Fame?
A full obituary will follow.
| December 3, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
Categories: Matt Schudel | Tags: chicago cubs, hall of fame, ron santo
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