Cubs set unveil Santo statue

Chicago Cubs to unveil Ron Santo statue

The Chicago Cubs will honor one of the franchise's legends Wednesday by unveiling a statue of the late Ron Santo outside Wrigley Field.

Santo, whose No. 10 is retired by the Cubs, died last December of bladder cancer at age 70 following a storied career as a player and broadcaster with the team.

The third baseman signed with the team in 1959 at age 19 and played 14 seasons in the Windy City, winning five Gold Gloves and making nine All-Star teams. Santo rejoined the franchise in 1990 as a color commentator for Cubs radio broadcasts.

During broadcasts Santo could be heard frequently in the background cheering big plays or lamenting Cubs miscues.

"There was no bigger fan of the Cubs anywhere in the world than Ron Santo," said Len Kasper, the team's television play-by-play broadcaster.

Though he kept the disease private during his playing days, Santo suffered from Type-1 diabetes, which forced the amputations of both his legs.

"Ronnie was the captain of the ballclub when I joined the team in '66," said Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins, who will attend Wednesday's ceremony prior to the Cubs-Nationals game. "He was a die-hard player, loved to win, really competitive. I just think he went out and played the game the right way. ... He was a courageous individual."

The Santo family will be on hand for Wednesday night's game to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch.

Santo's statue will be the fourth outside the iconic ballpark, joining Cubs legends Ernie Banks and Billy Williams, and broadcaster Harry Caray.

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