We woke up this morning to the sad news that Cubs legend Ron Santo died overnight in Arizona. I'll have plenty on this today and for the Saturday paper. For now, we have this statement from Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts:
"My siblings and I first knew Ron Santo as fans, listening to him in the
broadcast booth. We knew him for his passion, his loyalty, his great personal
courage and his tremendous sense of humor. It was our great honor to get to
know him personally in our first year as owners.
"Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans. Our thoughts and prayers
today are with his wife Vicki and their family and we share with fans across the
globe in mourning the loss of our team’s number one fan and one of the greatest
third basemen to ever play the game.
"As a nine-time All-Star, a five-time Golden Glove winner, Ronnie was one of the
best Cubs ever and a Hall of Famer in our book.
"Since he retired he was a powerful spokesperson for Juvenile Diabetes Research.
For the last 21 years, his love for baseball and passion for the Cubs was felt
in every one of his broadcasts.
"In the days and seasons ahead, we will honor Ron and celebrate all he has meant
to our team and our fans. Ron’s number 10 will always be close to our hearts and
Ron will forever be a member of the Cubs family."