Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo dies

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts says Ron Santo "will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans." Santo, one of the greatest players in Cubs history and a longtime WGN radio announcer, died Thursday night at age 70.

According to WGN Radio, Santo died in an Arizona hospital from complications of bladder cancer.

In a statement, Ricketts praised Santo for "his passion, his loyalty, high great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humor."

Santo was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 18 and later lost both legs to the disease.

A nine-time all-star in his 15-year career, Santo was widely regarded as one of the best players to never gain induction into the Hall of Fame.

Nothing brought fans closer to Santo -- or caused critics to roll their eyes more -- than his work in the radio booth, where he made it clear that nobody rooted harder for the Cubs. And nobody took it harder when they lost.

Santo played for the Cubs from 1960-73 and wrapped up his career with the White Sox in 1974.

He finished with a career .277 batting average, 2,254 hits, 342 home runs and 1,331 RBIs.

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