Ron Santo wasn't just a great player and longtime announcer for the Chicago Cubs but he was probably their biggest fan and supporter.
Listening to Ron and his partner Pat Hughes on the radio was like listening to two guys at the end of the bar. Santo bleed Cubbie blue.
Santo passed away late Thursday night in Arizona at the age of 70 due to bladder cancer. Ron was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 18 and managed to play 15 seasons in the big leagues hardly missing a game.
Listening to Cubs games on WGN radio will never be the same without Santo. What Harry Carey was to WGN TV for all those years Santo was to the radio side.
Ron spent his entire professional career playing in Chicago, 14 seasons for the Cubs on the northside and his final season on the southside with the White Sox. He has been in the radio booth for the last 20 years traveling all over the country with the Cubs while losing both of his legs below the knees due to his diabetes.
The Cubs retired his #10 in 2003. He won 5 gold gloves and made 9 all-star teams. Sadly the voters have yet to put him in the hall of fame.
I really don't want to get into why Ron was denied membership in the hall of fame but now that he is gone it won't nearly mean as much. Everyone says he belongs but for some reason he isn't there. If the voters now decide to put him in I will be greatly disappointed that they dragged their feet and wouldn't let him enjoy it.
Of course all the radio shows today were honoring Ron Santo today and maybe the best story came from Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, who grew up here in Chicago, was on ESPN 1000 Waddle and Silvy. Colletti shared a story about when he got hired by the Dodgers they allowed him to pick his parking spot, and they are all numbered so he asked the guys which spot does he park in? They all answered at the same time #10.
RIP Ronnie we will miss you.