Ron Santo, one of the greatest players in Chicago Cubs history and longtime WGN radio announcer, died at age 70.
Santo was a nine-time All-Star. His career line was .277/.362/.424. His adjusted OPS — which takes era into account — was 125, which places him in similar territory to Yogi Berra, Charlie Gehringer, Kirby Puckett and many other Hall of Fame talents.
“Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement Friday. He 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 while battling bladder cancer. He lapsed into a coma Wednesday. Santo was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 18 and later lost both legs to the disease.