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Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Cubs star Ron Santo dies at 70

By Matt Schudel
Matt Schudel


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.

By Matt Schudel  | December 3, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
Categories:  Matt Schudel  | Tags:  chicago cubs, hall of fame, ron santo  
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Comments

Thanks for the thoughtful words. Easterners usually sneer at anything from the Midwest (despite the fact that more than a few transcendent cultural figures such as Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Bellow and TS Eliot were from here; did you know that Cole Porter was a Hoosier ?). I met Santo while training as an eye doctor and he made great efforts to combat diabetes. In an era of sports figures as loudmouthed jerks, it was gratifying to know a real gentleman.

Posted by: dan1138 | December 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I remember him being a nice guy (I grew up in Joliet, just south of Chicago). My dad went to a Cubs game with a bunch of frends; they were sitting right above the Cubs dugout. My dad had his leg in a cast, since he was sitting in the first row, he propped his leg up on the ledge. Ron Santo saw the cast, came out of the dugout, and signed the cast. My dad had a great picture of Ron signing.

Posted by: mensa58 | December 3, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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