Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo has died at the age of 70.
Santo is revered in Chicago for his years as a player – and just as importantly – his work as a broadcaster.
Santo played third base for the Cubs in the 60s and 70s, hitting 342 home runs and driving in 1,331 runs during a 15-year major league career. He also won five straight Gold Gloves and was named to nine all-star teams. He is considered on the finest fielding third basemen in baseball history.
Santo would move on to the broadcast booth for WGN-AM in 1990, living and bleeding with every Cubs’ woe (which there were many). Even after losing his legs to diabetes he continued to work as a broadcast analyst.
Santos is not a member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, but he came close on several occasions to getting the call.
The cause of death is being reported as complications from bladder cancer.