Ron Santo
CHICAGO (AP) — Ron Santo, one of the greatest players in Chicago Cubs history and a longtime WGN radio announcer whose devotion to the perennial losers was made obvious night after night by his excited shouts or dejected laments, has died. He was 70.

"Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans," Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement Friday.

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

Santo died in an Arizona hospital from complications of bladder cancer, according to WGN Radio. Santo was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 18 and later lost both legs to diabetes.

A nine-time all-star in his 15-year career, Santo was widely regarded as one of the best players never to gain induction into the Hall of Fame. The quiet sadness with which he met the news year after year that he hadn't been inducted helped cement his relationship with the fans.

But 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's groans of "Oh, nooo!" and "It's bad" when something bad happened to the Cubs, sometimes just minutes after he shouting, "YES! YES!" or "ALL RIGHT!" became part of team lore as the "Cubbies" came up short year after year.

"The emotion for me is strictly the love I have for this team," Santo told The Associated Press in August 2009. "I want them to win so bad."

Santo began broadcasting games on WGN radio in 1990. Even though the Cubs failed to make the World Series in his lifetime, Santo once said his association with the team probably prolonged his life.

"If I hadn't had this when my troubles started, I don't know if I would have survived," he said in September 2003. "I really mean that. It's therapy."


Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press
Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 3, 2010.
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dear ron santo may god blessyou in heaven your friend andy
andy cason
April 28, 2021
A pleasure to watch you play baseball for the Cubs on television and inspirational when you are the announcer and we talk about baseball after the game.
James More
April 16, 2020
Condolences to the Santo Family on Ron's death. He was one of the greatest players that I've ever seen play and I've seen alto!!. No doubt he was the best 3rd baseman ever.
It is a big loss to me that he won't be around anymore. I just can't watch the games without him playing or announcing. It has to be a terrible loss for Pat Hughes, too. They were super together.
I'll always miss you, Ron.
Terri Rankin-Gurevitz Portage,Indiana
February 2, 2018
I will missed you. Rest in Peace.
Brennen Garcia
April 8, 2017
Valenda Newell
September 25, 2016
Ron,
A great player
A great friend
I'll miss you buddy
Rest in peace

Your pal ,
Steve Sipos
Steve Sipos
November 4, 2013
Richard Herrick
July 24, 2012
Congratulations Ron. It's official.
You are in the "Hall of Fame."
But we always knew you were destined to be there.
July 22, 2012
12/05/2011 Woo hoo Ron. Today you made the Hall of Fame. Bittersweet and well overdue. We know you're smiling down.
MaryLu Krueger
December 5, 2011
Your flame will never go out.
Dot Stockle
June 6, 2011
Memory Eternal!
Nick Gamvas
April 7, 2011
Cubs home opener today sure won't be the same without you. Watch down on our Cubbies and let'em SHINE.
You're in Heaven Hall of Fame now.
MaryLu Krueger
April 1, 2011
SO LONG RON, YOU WERE A GREAT PERSON AND ONE DARN GOOD BALL PLAYER. HATS OFF TO AN EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN BEING. RON YOU ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED.
MAY GOD BLESS
JOSEPH FISCHER
March 31, 2011
Memory Eternal!
Nick Gamvas
March 15, 2011
I been around baseball since the40'.I never meet Ron but i'm aware of what he did for baseball and the type of player he was.I like to say to MLB you guys blew it not electing Ron into the hall fame! Ron you were one of the best!God bless you and your family!
Dick Haight
March 3, 2011
To The Santo Family,
Please accept my late condolences. Ron was a great man, athlete and a brodcaster for his home team. Was not able to get an autograph, but was able to meet and talk to some of his old team mates. Many great stories will be remembered.
Maurice Doss
January 6, 2011
To the family of Ron: Many a night my husband and I would listen to the CUBS game in our loft in the U P of Michigan. We could never get the game until about the third inning, as we waited for airways to clear. The best part about the wait was that we knew Ron would be there. We lived in Chicago during the time he played and he deserved to be in the Hall of Fame. We will miss him this summer. He will remain a treasured memory.
Linda Doscotch
December 31, 2010
I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. I felt like I knew him from listening to Pat and Ron call the Cubs games. I bought a sport sync radio just so I could listen to them instead of the TV for every game. He will be greatly missed and impossible to replace. May the Lord bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand during this difficult time.
Christine Bourseau
December 30, 2010
To the family of Ron Santo,
Condolences on your loss. You can see when you watch the DVD of This Old Cub that he was a great husband, father, and grandfather. I was so happy that he was able to be there for Jeff at his wedding in October. I just read of his last “gift” to you all … he waited for you to leave the room to pass on. I know you will miss him deeply.
Thank you for sharing him with us Cubs fans and players all these years. I was honored to finally meet him in March 2010 at his last Spring Training camp. I was one who waited in line as we crept up the stairs to the broadcast booth at Ho Ho Kam Park where he was signing autographs. I was able to tell him what millions of fans already have; That he was my favorite cub, an inspiration to us all as a player and champion of juvenile diabetes, and we love to hear him on the radio.
Cliché, yes, but he was the heart and soul of the Cubs. In recent years, we knew that every year we could listen to Ron was a gift from God. We will find a way to carry on, but the Cubs nation will not be the same. I believe he WILL be with us in spirit as are my parents and millions of other Cubs fans who have gone to those “heavenly bleachers” before him. His dream was for the Cubs to win it all… well, more tears will be shed in his honor than for any other reason when the Cubs do win the World Series. Go Cubs!
Know that there are Cubs fans across the world, living in every country, who are praying for you. God Bless you and yours.
Becky Reitzel
December 29, 2010
To the family of Ron,
I remember growing up (on the north side, Lake County)and listening to him with Harry Carry when they would talk during the Cubs Games. They were entertaining.
He will be missed by all of his fans, friends and family. When he wakes up to a world where there will be no sickness (Revelation 21:3,4), he will be either play baseball with his teammates or commentary with Harry Carry.
TM(S)F
December 28, 2010
Whether watching Ron play, hearing him broadcast, or seeing him at the ballpark since I became an usher three years ago..it was an honor to witness him at all levels of his great baseball life...he will be missed....
Lee Hirsch
December 26, 2010
Dear Vickie: I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. It's been sometime (about 25 years) since we went out to dinner. Ron was such a great guy and so much fun to be around. Always made you laugh and always concerned about the other guy. I used to love to hear the stories Richard would tell about Ron and Beck when he was with them in the 1960"s and 70's. Baseball, the travel agency, the pizza business etc. They all really loved life and Ron was almost bigger than life. My heart goes out to you. Sincerely Mrs. Richard Harczak
Carol Harczak
December 23, 2010
My sincere condolances to the Santo family. Have been a #10 and Cub fan since 1963 when I saw my first major league game at Wrigley (in color) from behind the Cubs dugout. Ron YOU ARE "HALL OF FAME" in my book
Rick Holloway
December 22, 2010
You will be missed so much. I will miss seeing your smiley face always.
Margaret McAuley
December 22, 2010
Ron, I love the Cubs and you made listening to them most enjoyable. When I was younger I would listen to my transistor radio as I delivered papers. I needed to hear how the Cubs were doing and in particuliar how my favorite player, Ron Santo, was doing. You will always be my favorite Cub. Thanks for making the game so fun.

Joanie
Joan Linnane
December 22, 2010
Dear Santo Family,
My sincere sympathies are with you. The best time of the year for me has always been spring and the start of the CUBS season. There is/was no other way to "watch" the game but to listen to Pat and Ron. I could not wait to tune to WGN radio and listen to broadcasts painted in a million colors by Pat and Ron. I could feel the emotion Ronnie shared in the booth and what a smile he brought to my face! He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered forever!
Sherry B
December 18, 2010
Ron was the main reason we still listened to the Cubs. He felt what we felt. Our biggest fan will always be present in our hearts and at Wrigley. We love you Ron!
Ken Giase
December 18, 2010
To the Santo Family = thank you for sharing your Dad, Husband and best friend with us all these years. His spirit, competitiveness and love for the game of baseball will never be forgotten.
Mary Ann - Franklin Park, IL
December 17, 2010
"I'm not cryin' cause I feel so sorry for ya, I'm cryin' for me...."

"see you on the other side, superstar!"
Janelle
December 16, 2010
TO THE FAMILY OF RON SANTO. I WAS A GREAT FAN OF RON WHEN HE WAS PLAYING. I NEVER GOT GO MEET HIM BUT ALWAYS TRIED TO FOLLOW HIS PLAYING BASEBALL. HE IN MY OPINION WAS THE TYPE OF PLAYER THAT TODAYS PLAYERS SHOULD TRY TO BE.
ROGER LORNSON
December 16, 2010
To the family of Ron,
I was surprised to learn that Ron was born on the same day as my husband and both men had type 1 diabetes,and sadly both struck with cancer and now in heaven. God bless you with your grieving. So many of us loved him.
My mom, a die hard cubs fan loves him so much. Thank you for sharing your Ronnie with all of us fans and for all you do for JDRF. I give to them too. God bless you! Joan Hux and Rita(mama)
December 16, 2010
God Bless you Ron, I watched you play as a kid listened to you announce over the years.....I was at Wrigley Field when they retired #10. Thanks. My prayers are with you and your family...No offense to Ernie but you are truly "Mr. Cub".
Ted Potkonjak
December 16, 2010
Our whole family of Chicagoans were Ron Santo fans (and Cub fans, of course). Ron was a guest at my cousin Jay's Bar Mitzvah (OH too many years ago) and I remember how easy going and wonderfully fun he was with all of us. Thanks for the memories. #10 will ALWAYS BE number 1 in our hearts. Our love and prayers go out to the family.
December 14, 2010
Growing up in Chicago- Ron Santo was my favorite Cub-he also was my favorite announcer.RIP My prayers are with his family,
Tom Greaney
December 14, 2010
Thank you ron for making my moms days a little bit better when I was a kid she always listened to you every tim a cubs game would come on. :'(
Nia Schexnider
December 13, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
martha rosario
December 13, 2010
December 13, 2010
I grew up a die-hard cubs fan. My mom grew up watching ron santo. He was her hero. I was always told that he was an awsome player and that he was one of a kind. I always thought that if the cubs won a world series that he would be here and how happy he would be that his beloved cubs won the series. RON YOU WILL BE MISSED
jenny wall
December 13, 2010
I grew up a die-hard Cubs fan. I wasn't alive in the era that Ron played for Cubs... But my dad was and he told me all about it... Ron has always been my all time favorite! I would purposely listen to the radio instead of the t.v. just to listen to his reactions! Me, my dad and brother always said WHEN the cubs win the World Series, we wanted to listen to Ron and how happy he would be!.... Ron, you will be sincerely missed! My prayers go out to the Santo family.. God Bless and go Cubs. Send us luck from above Ronnie! R.I.P.
Dana De Boer
December 13, 2010
louispetros i loved ron on radio i will mis him s
louis petros
December 13, 2010
My prayers go out to the Santos family. Thank you for sharing Ron with all of baseball. Another angel (CUB) in the outfield. Tommy from New Orleans.
Tommy Mercadal
December 13, 2010
A fan since I was 12 and having several encounters with Ron over the years (autograph signing, games, etc) I have profound respect for the man and admiration for the player. God took a good one from us. Rest is Peace Ronnie. After having you in my life for 50 years of Cubs baseball, I will miss you very much.
Jane Ignoffo
December 12, 2010
Thank you Ron for so many hours of joy listening to you. I will always remember you.
Laura Moisan
December 12, 2010
I grew up going to Wrigley Field as a kid in the late 50's. "Day care" was a front row seat in the bleachers for 50 cents. Ronnie was very talented, fiery and emotional. He never received the recognition he deserved because he played on a team with so many other stars. Banks was my hero since he was the first big star who came up during my childhood but after Santo became a broadcaster and I realized his deep affection for the Cubs, his wonderful, positive personality, despite his health issues, he became an inspiration to me like so many others that he touched. I was fortunate to have shaken his hand. My condolences to the Santo family for you're loss.
Ken Proksa
December 12, 2010
Ron you were a class act. Thanks for the great memories!
Ken Poczekaj
December 11, 2010
I will always remember the greatest cub of all Ron Santo. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Santo family at this time of their loss. But after hearing what Pat Hughes said at Ronnies funeral, that Ron would want us to after awhile to remember him with smiles and laughter then so be it. My tears are all dried up, and all I will go on to remember Ron with is all my happy, funny and loving memories from now on. How could you not Ron Santo always brought a smile each and every day to work and made everyone else smile to. Thanks you Ronnie we will forever love you, and miss you.
Rose Adamczyk
December 11, 2010
Ron Santo was a great ballplayer and he really excelled as a color man on radio because of his honesty, reality
and because he was ALL CUB.
Ron was so truthful, genuine, funny and emotional. I'm not certain if I will be able to listen to the Cubs on radio without Ron. Pat Hughes and Ron Santo----what a terrific team ,I'm sure Pat will have many difficult broadcasts without Ron. My condolences to the Santo family for your loss.God Bless and may he rest in peace......
George Bott
December 11, 2010
I remember seeing Ron Santo at the game when I work for them at the season game in 1998.he is the greatest person I ever know.he will be miss and will never be forgotten.he should been in the hall of fame.I want to sent my deepest sympathy on the family and his teammate,the Cubs oraganization.
Lisa Jones
December 11, 2010
I remember seeing Ron Santo play-we were living in Libertyville,IL
1968-1970 so I saw him play in 1969 that year the Cubs should
have wom it all but faded in the stretch.
One of the VERY BEST 3d basemen EVER-EVERYBODY agrees
on THAT.Should be in Hall of Fame-why not?????His devotion to
his family,his teammates,the Cubs organization were real and
yes inspiring.
This world has lost a good man who always gave his best-please
remember that and follow his example.
-Steven Englert
-Aurora,CO
Steven Englert
December 11, 2010
12/11/10

Ron:

You were always willing to sign an autograph or talk with the fans. Unlike many players of today, you were such a nice person and we miss you already!

Growing up in Chicago in the late 1960's/early 1970's my world was WGN TV: Ray Rayner, Garfield Goose, Bozo Circus, Jack Brickhouse, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo!

Later in my life, my daughter briefly would know you as the WGN radio guy who always groaned when the Cubs lost a game!

Thank you for being such a great part of my childhood and then as a Dad sharing the Cubs with his daughter!

Chuck Stevens
Mount Propect, IL
Chuck Stevens
December 11, 2010
You will be missed. To his family, I'm so sorry for your loss. May he Rest in Peace. As the old saying goes,Number 10 in your scorecard ,number 1 in our hearts.
Jim Lyons
December 11, 2010
Chicago Cub radio broadcast will never be the same ! R.I.P. Ron Santo
Joe Mars
December 11, 2010
#10 will always be in our hearts
R.I.P. Thanks for all the memories
Carol
December 10, 2010
To the Santo Family my deepest sympathy on your loss. Ron was very nice and posed for a picture with my uncle when he visited Wrigley a few years ago.
He will be missed by all.
Linda McBride
December 10, 2010
Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.
Dave DiNovo
December 10, 2010
Ron,

Thank you for all the wonderful memories you brought all of us Cubs fans. You were a true inspiration demonstrating tremendous courage with your battles with diabetes and cancer. While I am too young to have witnessed your wonderful baseball career, I will always remember you as my partner sitting next to me while listening to Pat Hughes broadcast the game. You made everyone feel as if you were sitting right to them during each and every broadcast, and you shared the emotions that each of us felt countless times. I truly feel blessed to have had the oppotunity to listen to you over the years. You will be missed dearly and will never be forgotten. I certainly hope that our Cubbies can bring home a World Series in your honor. Rest in peace.

Sincerely,
Matthew Bialko
Matthew Bialko
December 10, 2010
We have lost a wonderful human being, a friend to all of us. God bless you Ron. Marge K
marge kenealy
December 10, 2010
I Started watching the Cub's back in 1969 I could not have picked a better team to follow. Why I am so proud of this team is because of the roles that they play on the Cub's to this date. It is so great to see guy's like Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Ferggie Jenkins , Glenn Beckert and others still being involved with this team. I now tell my children these were the guy's that played when dad was a kid. In my heart the 1969 Cub's will always be World Champions. I would also like to add that during Baseball season I listen to almost all Cub games on WGN Radio it is going to be very hard to listen to those games with out Ronnie. Pat Hughes you are a true gentelman. Ronnie will be there in spirt and he will live in my heart forever.
Robert Stellato
December 10, 2010
Thank you for wonderful childhood Sunday afternoons....watching the Cubs with my dad while my mom made pasta, meatballs and gravy...the best Sundays I ever had growing up...We are all Cub fans in my family...although we live in Texas now...my sons, 22 and 25 are the biggest Cubs fans...Mary
Mary Jarczyk Bolsinger
December 10, 2010
You were a great man, Ron. I loved you as a kid on the Cubs. As an announcer, you were sheer joy to listen to, special. Your work on behalf of fighting the scourge of diabetes was indeed admirable. My prayers are with Ron's loved ones during this difficult time, especially to his daughter, Linda, who I prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Church at OLPH in Glenview as her Youth Minister (May the good Lord's grace be with you and bring you His peace and healing in a special way, Linda) and I offer my heartfelt condolences to all of his family, loved ones, and dear friends. May the good Lord be with, comfort, and bless each of you.
Steve Sidlowski
December 10, 2010
You always knew he was on the right side-no matter the consequences. A teacher in his own way. A good enough soul that he will always be our hearts...
December 10, 2010
richard ferraro
December 10, 2010
I'm gonna miss you Ronnie. I still have your poster on our study wall. You were my favorite Cub from the time I started watching in 1969. I'd wait for you before or after every game I went to in the early '70s just to say hi or get an autograph--you never said no. I made my first trip to the old Comiskey just to see you(that's where this picture was taken). Have fun playing third again Ron. If anyone can talk the Man upstairs into letting the Cubs win, it will be you.
Mary Ellen Gourley
December 10, 2010
My condolences to the Santo family. He was the greatest Cub Third Baseman ever and a great announcer. I will never forget 1969, which was the same year my wife & I got married. He should have been put in the HOF years ago. Listing to the games will not be the same. I had the pleasure of meeting him when he had his restaurant in Schaumburg. May he rest in Peace.
Carl Rath
December 10, 2010
R.I.P. Ron Santo - As I watched the celebration of Chicago's dear number 10's life, I was reminded of the time, that we flagged down Mr. Santo after game. He not only gave us his autograph, but posed for pictures. Needless to say, a long line began to form behind us. We went to our car, and as we drove home, we passed by the Wrigley Field parking lot, where we saw Ron Santo standing next to his Chevy, on prosthetic legs, still signing autographs, long after the current, younger and healthier players had left in their Navigators, Escalades & Hummers with darkened windows. You will be very missed Ron, their will never be another number 10!
Kathleen Mc Kenna-Cooper
December 10, 2010
What a guy. I love you Ron. A fan since I was a teenager in the 50's.
You will be missed and what a hunk you were. I wish I had known you
personally. Chicago will never forget you....
Judy Borgeson
December 10, 2010
my heartfelt sympathy to the santo family. Ron was amazing as a player and then sports caster! he was also my last hold to childhood! As a child my dad, uncle, cousin, my mom, aunt, and I would all go to the game. my cousin kept score with t hose tiny pencils , with the transistor radio to her ear. i was to busy with frosty malts and hoping hits would come my way! they are all passed,. But listening to Ron brought all those bright days driving from the south side to light!,, Thanks Mr.Santo for being a Cub, and allowing us to be part of your. Life!,
Mariiyn Yucaitis-jarzembowski
December 10, 2010
Ron will be missed by all baseball fans, especially those in Chicago. Having grown up in the 50's then as a teenager in the 60's, I watched many a Cub game with Ron Santo delivering a late inning clutch hit, or making a diving stop at 3rd base to save a game. He was at the top of his game and also in baseball in an era when triple A players were not playing in the majors like they are today. A great player...and even a better person will be missed. My condolences.
Dean Reszel
December 10, 2010
Ronald Edward Santo -
Rank comparison to current HOF 3rd Baseman --
15 seasons; 9 All Star Games; 5 Golden Gloves --
G: 2243; AB: 8143; AVG:.277; R: 1138; H:2254; HR:342; RBI:1331; SB: 35
AVG:9th...R:8th...H:9th...HR:3rd...RBI:5th...SB:10th

TOP TEN RANKING in all major catagories -- HOF deserving 3rd Baseman if I ever saw one!! Miss you RON - Angel at the Hot Corner!!
Tom LaRocca
December 10, 2010
Ron Santo will always have a piece of my heart
December 10, 2010
Ronnie you will be greatly missed I already miss you. My prayers go out to you family. Maybe now your in Cubbie heaven you can bring us a World Series and when it happens we will know you had something to do with it. YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED!!!!
Pam Gorro
December 10, 2010
Ronnie you will be greatly missed I already miss you. My prayers go out to you family. Maybe now your in Cubbie heaven you can bring us a World Series and when it happens we will know you had something to do with it. YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED!!!
Pam Gorro
December 10, 2010
ron, I grew up loving the cubs, from Hank Borowy in 1945, through Hal Jeffcoat in 1951 and from the day you first played for the Cubs in the early 1960's until today, Dec. 10, 2010. You were the greatest player, even with Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, and Billy Williams. You made baseball exciting and as an announcer, you made listening to the Cubs a pleasure. I was born on Feb. 29, 1940, and since we were the same age, I ideentify strongly with you. To jeffd Santo and familoy, you were the best. Jim Kamp, Carol Stream, Il
Jim Kamp
December 10, 2010
Thanks for being so kind to our diabetic daughter when we attended one of your Walks for the Cure many years ago. You were truly an inspiration to so many with diabetes.
Sam Cutrara
December 10, 2010
My condolences to the Santo family, I am sure Ron was loved deeply for who he was as a private citizen, and that his strength, humor and passion for life was something he shared with those he loved the most. I am fortunate to have grown up with Ron Santo in my memories and he was an example of the best, as a man, a human being, a Cubs fan and a man who obviously loved baseball. He earned his place in the Hall of Fame of humans, it is unfortunate that he was not able to see this one dream come true, but he has won the respect and admiration of people in ways that truly matter more. We have lost our champion and it is a sad day in Chicago as Ron finally gets to rest and know that he will not be forgotten and there will never be anyone like him again. RIP Mr. Santo.
Milka Stanojevich
December 10, 2010
I was born a die hard Cubs fan. My grandpa and my dad were die hard's and they passed their love of Cub's baseball onto me. If the Cub's aren't playing, I'm not watching. Thank you Ron, for all you have done for the game and everything you have done for the juvenile diabetes foundation. You will always be loved and truly missed. You are a "Hall of Famer" in my book.
MaryLu Krueger
December 10, 2010
I was born a die hard Cubs fan. My grandpa and my dad were die hard's and they passed their love of Cub's baseball onto me. If the Cub's aren't playing, I'm not watching. Thank you Ron, for all you have done for the game and everything you have done for the juvenile diabetes foundation. You will always be loved and truly missed. You are a "Hall of Famer" in my book.
MaryLu Krueger
December 10, 2010
My late father and I have been ultimate Cub, and Santo fans for many years, He will be sorely missed in that broadcast booth, and as an ultimate fan too. My deepest condolences to the entire Santo fanily.

Joan Lenzi
Joan Lenzi
December 10, 2010
My Deepest Sympathy to Ron Santo's Family

I remeber when I was in 7th grade summer break and we road our bikes to the ballpark to watch him at 3rd base.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Margo Krystof
December 10, 2010
My deepest condolences to the Santo Family - how fortunate to have had this man in your lives! Thank you for sharing him with the world and especially with Chicago. I was always such a fan of Ron - as a player since my first summer of baseball in 1969, as a broadcaster on WGN radio, as a champion for juvenile diabetes research, and as a human being. He made this world a better place and will be greatly missed.
Sarafina Norman
December 10, 2010
Ronny! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
SMETANA FAMILY
December 10, 2010
Ron, I remember your willingness to always talk with a fan. You signed a ball for me at spring training and talked about JDRF with me. I will always remember your courage especially since I now have diabetes. Your legacy will live on.
Marci Watts
December 10, 2010
RIP my friend. I will miss your loyalty, extreme optimism and best of all your ability to laugh.
Henry Votsmier
December 10, 2010
My condolences to the Santo family. I had no choice of becoming a Cub fan, my father took me to my first Cub game in 1968 and to home openers for the next 10 years. I became an addict to Chicago Cub baseball, and the 1969 Chicago Cubs were my favorite. My dad was diagnosed a diabetic in 1969 and as Ron was challenged daily with his disease, so was my dad. I thank my dad for that day in 1968, and I'm fortunate to still have my dad with us today, but it hasn't come without great cost. Ron, you've done so much for so many, I salute you. You were a favorite of mine, and I thank you for the many years you shared with us, you're courage, your hope, and the unselfishness in your fight for a cure with JDRF. To the Santo family and the Chicago Cubs organization, we've all been blessed that the lord gave us all the opportunity to have had Ron Santo been a part of our lives, I loved the man, he was a brother. God bless Ron Santo.
Terry Ochoa
December 10, 2010
Thanks Ron for the memories
Roy Arvio
December 10, 2010
Lori & Roy Arvio
December 10, 2010
God bless you, Ron. You are a Hall of Famer in the hearts of all Cub's fans. The Cubs shall never see the likes of you again. RIP Love, Patti Bachar
Patti Bachar
December 10, 2010
To Ronnie. John and Doug send our sincere thanks to you, for having played the game with integrity. I as a Sox fan & Doug as a loyal Cub fan have one thing in common, respect for you on and off the field. Oh Ron, stop and see Vince (another great fan) as he's probably got a seat ready for you to talk baseball. You truly were a 10. May God welcome you.
John and Doug
December 10, 2010
In 1969 I spent a lot of time in the left field bleachers before my senior year in high school....a couple of times Ron would come sit with us and shoot the breeze. What an amazing thing for a kid but shows what a great guy you were and what a "Cub" you were. Thank you for great memeories and my condolences to the Santo Family, Ron will be missed.
Bill Lambrecht
December 10, 2010
Thank you Ronnie for all you did for the game of baseball. My fondest memories will always be about you and the Chicago Cubs. I've been a cubs fan for 57 years and I wouldn't change my loyality for the world. You deserved so much more. Maybe with you up in heaven, you can state your case to God that the cubs are #1.


Yours truly,

Bill Sobotka
william Sobotka
December 10, 2010
I did enjoy seeing him play. was a great guy. My kids used to the game gor around fifty bucks. Those were the good olds. He will be missed so much. Phyllis
December 10, 2010
"OH NO!!!" As I read through the tributes to Ron, I sit here crying and mourning the loss of a true HERO. I wish to thank his family for sharing him with all of us for so many years. Cub fans really believe that Ron was a part of their family. I have been a CUB fan since 1967 when I was 7 years old. My brother and I are diehard!!! I was extremely fortunate to find a man who loves the Cubs as much as I do and understands my obsession with them and Ron Santo. We have shared our love for the Cubs with our daughters also. I so loved watching Ron play and will always remember the '69 team. I have loved even more listening to Ron (with Pat) on WGN radio and appreciating his passion for the game. He was the Ultimate Cub Fan and whether the team was winning or losing, you always knew that Ron was saying on the air what Cub Fans everywhere were thinking or saying in the privacy of their homes and cars. He was also passionate about JDRF and being the daughter, wife and sister of diabetics and having it myself, I can only say God Bless You Ron for bringing this disease to the attention of many. Your triumphs over this disease are truly inspirational. You have shown that one can live a full life with this disease. As I said You are a true HERO. The game will go on and we will watch and listen because that is what Cub fans do, but our hearts will be a little heavier knowing that our favorite Cub is not in the booth calling the game. I think the true tribute to you is all the Non-Cub fans posting on here that they believe a grave injustice has been done to you by not being admitted into the HoF. Even Cardinal fans have posted on here.....that says it all. Rest in Peace, or better yet...enjoy playing third base on the BEST field of all (maybe ask for a little ivy to be added). You will be missed and listening to the games will never be the same.
Debbie Elser
December 10, 2010
As a young boy who had lost his father at age 4, I must have been looking for male role models and found one for a lifetime in Ron Santo. His "heel clicking" spirit and optimistic view of life have been with me ever since. As a boy, I played hours of catch with my neighbor Jim and pretended I was #10. Thx for the memories Ronnie as a player and the voice of the Cubbies.
Gary Mitchiner
December 9, 2010
I remembered back in 1965, Mr. Santo came to my High School, St. Francis, Wheaton, Il during my freshmen year. He gave a speech before passing out the football awards. My favorite memory is the jumping and clicking of his heels after a Cubs win in 1969. Thanks, for all the great Cub memories. 3rd generation Cubs fan.
Tom Martin
December 9, 2010
With or without the HOF you will always be a big part of Chicago sports history. You will be missed behind the mic this summer, but never forgotten. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family who was by your side and helped to give us the man we knew. Rest forever in peace.
Ed Crigley
December 9, 2010
The ultimate competitor and the the best example of how someone in the public should conduct himself. He wore the #10 and and conducted himself as a 10. Always had time for a story, an autograph or an encouraging word. He is the example of courage, compassion, sportsmanship, humility, and competitiveness. He encouraged all of us, he looked and spoke of the best in people. Thank you for all you did for JDRF and the many kids you helped, befriended, loved and provided encouraged over the years.
God has called you now to play on his team, where you will play without pain, kick up your heels again and hopefully you will provided and obtain alittle divine assistance for his Cubs. Once again you, Harry, Vince, Lou and Jack can toast each other and get Leo to pick up the tab. Thanks for being the guy on the other side of the radio.

God Speed Ronnie
The Stapletons
Bob Stapleton
December 9, 2010
Rest In Peace, Ronnie!!! #10 has been my favorite/lucky number for the past 50 years! Heaven is a happier place now that you reside there!! You will be missed FOREVER!!!
jan G
December 9, 2010
In the summer on 1961 I was ten years old when my mom took me to my first Cub game. We sat in the box seats on the third base line and I developed a crush on you that has lasted all my life!!! You have brightened my life so frequently since that day. Thanks for the laughs and the millions of memories!!! The world is an emptier place without you and Cub baseball will never be quite as exciting. My heart goes out to your family....if I am feeling this much of a loss, I can only imagine their pain. Rest In Peace, Ronnie! You will be missed by MANY for ALWAYS!!
jan getto
December 9, 2010
May you rest in peace.
John & Judy Seefurth
December 9, 2010
You will be missed.
Beth and Dave Copher
December 9, 2010
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