Former Cubs great Ron Santo dies at age 70

Ron Santo of the Chicago White Sox belts his first home run as an American Leaguer in the seventh inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles in Chicago, May 1, 1974. Santo's homer afforded the Sox a 2-1 victory. (AP Photo/Charles E. Knoblock)

December 3, 2010 10:19:55 AM PST
Chicago Cubs great and longtime WGN Radio announcer Ron Santo has died. He was 70.

In a statement Friday, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts praised Santo for "his passion, his loyalty, high great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humor."

WGN reports that Santo died in an Arizona hospital from complications of bladder cancer. Santo was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 18 and later lost both legs to diabetes.

Santo was a nine-time all-star in his 15-year career. The third baseman was widely regarded as one of the best players never to gain induction into the Hall of Fame.

Ricketts says that Santo will always be "the heart and soul of Cubs fans" and the team plans to celebrate his contributions in the days ahead.