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November 04, 2013
Ron,
A great player
A great friend
I'll miss you buddy
Rest in peace

Your pal ,
Steve Sipos
July 24, 2012
July 22, 2012
Congratulations Ron. It's official.
You are in the "Hall of Fame."
But we always knew you were destined to be there.
December 05, 2011
12/05/2011 Woo hoo Ron. Today you made the Hall of Fame. Bittersweet and well overdue. We know you're smiling down.
June 06, 2011
Your flame will never go out.
April 07, 2011
Memory Eternal!
April 01, 2011
Cubs home opener today sure won't be the same without you. Watch down on our Cubbies and let'em SHINE.
You're in Heaven Hall of Fame now.
March 31, 2011
SO LONG RON, YOU WERE A GREAT PERSON AND ONE DARN GOOD BALL PLAYER. HATS OFF TO AN EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN BEING. RON YOU ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED.
MAY GOD BLESS
March 15, 2011
Memory Eternal!
March 03, 2011
I been around baseball since the40'.I never meet Ron but i'm aware of what he did for baseball and the type of player he was.I like to say to MLB you guys blew it not electing Ron into the hall fame! Ron you were one of the best!God bless you and your family!
January 06, 2011
To The Santo Family,
Please accept my late condolences. Ron was a great man, athlete and a brodcaster for his home team. Was not able to get an autograph, but was able to meet and talk to some of his old team mates. Many great stories will be remembered.
December 31, 2010
To the family of Ron: Many a night my husband and I would listen to the CUBS game in our loft in the U P of Michigan. We could never get the game until about the third inning, as we waited for airways to clear. The best part about the wait was that we knew Ron would be there. We lived in Chicago during the time he played and he deserved to be in the Hall of Fame. We will miss him this summer. He will remain a treasured memory.
December 30, 2010
I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. I felt like I knew him from listening to Pat and Ron call the Cubs games. I bought a sport sync radio just so I could listen to them instead of the TV for every game. He will be greatly missed and impossible to replace. May the Lord bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand during this difficult time.
December 29, 2010
To the family of Ron Santo,
Condolences on your loss. You can see when you watch the DVD of This Old Cub that he was a great husband, father, and grandfather. I was so happy that he was able to be there for Jeff at his wedding in October. I just read of his last “gift” to you all … he waited for you to leave the room to pass on. I know you will miss him deeply.
Thank you for sharing him with us Cubs fans and players all these years. I was honored to finally meet him in March 2010 at his last Spring Training camp. I was one who waited in line as we crept up the stairs to the broadcast booth at Ho Ho Kam Park where he was signing autographs. I was able to tell him what millions of fans already have; That he was my favorite cub, an inspiration to us all as a player and champion of juvenile diabetes, and we love to hear him on the radio.
Cliché, yes, but he was the heart and soul of the Cubs. In recent years, we knew that every year we could listen to Ron was a gift from God. We will find a way to carry on, but the Cubs nation will not be the same. I believe he WILL be with us in spirit as are my parents and millions of other Cubs fans who have gone to those “heavenly bleachers” before him. His dream was for the Cubs to win it all… well, more tears will be shed in his honor than for any other reason when the Cubs do win the World Series. Go Cubs!
Know that there are Cubs fans across the world, living in every country, who are praying for you. God Bless you and yours.
December 28, 2010
To the family of Ron,
I remember growing up (on the north side, Lake County)and listening to him with Harry Carry when they would talk during the Cubs Games. They were entertaining.
He will be missed by all of his fans, friends and family. When he wakes up to a world where there will be no sickness (Revelation 21:3,4), he will be either play baseball with his teammates or commentary with Harry Carry.
December 26, 2010
Whether watching Ron play, hearing him broadcast, or seeing him at the ballpark since I became an usher three years ago..it was an honor to witness him at all levels of his great baseball life...he will be missed....
December 23, 2010
Dear Vickie: I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. It's been sometime (about 25 years) since we went out to dinner. Ron was such a great guy and so much fun to be around. Always made you laugh and always concerned about the other guy. I used to love to hear the stories Richard would tell about Ron and Beck when he was with them in the 1960"s and 70's. Baseball, the travel agency, the pizza business etc. They all really loved life and Ron was almost bigger than life. My heart goes out to you. Sincerely Mrs. Richard Harczak
December 22, 2010
My sincere condolances to the Santo family. Have been a #10 and Cub fan since 1963 when I saw my first major league game at Wrigley (in color) from behind the Cubs dugout. Ron YOU ARE "HALL OF FAME" in my book
December 22, 2010
You will be missed so much. I will miss seeing your smiley face always.
December 22, 2010
Ron, I love the Cubs and you made listening to them most enjoyable. When I was younger I would listen to my transistor radio as I delivered papers. I needed to hear how the Cubs were doing and in particuliar how my favorite player, Ron Santo, was doing. You will always be my favorite Cub. Thanks for making the game so fun.

Joanie
December 18, 2010
Dear Santo Family,
My sincere sympathies are with you. The best time of the year for me has always been spring and the start of the CUBS season. There is/was no other way to "watch" the game but to listen to Pat and Ron. I could not wait to tune to WGN radio and listen to broadcasts painted in a million colors by Pat and Ron. I could feel the emotion Ronnie shared in the booth and what a smile he brought to my face! He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered forever!
December 18, 2010
Ron was the main reason we still listened to the Cubs. He felt what we felt. Our biggest fan will always be present in our hearts and at Wrigley. We love you Ron!
December 17, 2010
To the Santo Family = thank you for sharing your Dad, Husband and best friend with us all these years. His spirit, competitiveness and love for the game of baseball will never be forgotten.
Mary Ann - Franklin Park, IL
December 16, 2010
"I'm not cryin' cause I feel so sorry for ya, I'm cryin' for me...."

"see you on the other side, superstar!"
December 16, 2010
TO THE FAMILY OF RON SANTO. I WAS A GREAT FAN OF RON WHEN HE WAS PLAYING. I NEVER GOT GO MEET HIM BUT ALWAYS TRIED TO FOLLOW HIS PLAYING BASEBALL. HE IN MY OPINION WAS THE TYPE OF PLAYER THAT TODAYS PLAYERS SHOULD TRY TO BE.
December 16, 2010
To the family of Ron,
I was surprised to learn that Ron was born on the same day as my husband and both men had type 1 diabetes,and sadly both struck with cancer and now in heaven. God bless you with your grieving. So many of us loved him.
My mom, a die hard cubs fan loves him so much. Thank you for sharing your Ronnie with all of us fans and for all you do for JDRF. I give to them too. God bless you! Joan Hux and Rita(mama)
December 16, 2010
God Bless you Ron, I watched you play as a kid listened to you announce over the years.....I was at Wrigley Field when they retired #10. Thanks. My prayers are with you and your family...No offense to Ernie but you are truly "Mr. Cub".
December 14, 2010
Our whole family of Chicagoans were Ron Santo fans (and Cub fans, of course). Ron was a guest at my cousin Jay's Bar Mitzvah (OH too many years ago) and I remember how easy going and wonderfully fun he was with all of us. Thanks for the memories. #10 will ALWAYS BE number 1 in our hearts. Our love and prayers go out to the family.
December 14, 2010
Growing up in Chicago- Ron Santo was my favorite Cub-he also was my favorite announcer.RIP My prayers are with his family,
December 13, 2010
Thank you ron for making my moms days a little bit better when I was a kid she always listened to you every tim a cubs game would come on. :'(
December 13, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 13, 2010
I grew up a die-hard cubs fan. My mom grew up watching ron santo. He was her hero. I was always told that he was an awsome player and that he was one of a kind. I always thought that if the cubs won a world series that he would be here and how happy he would be that his beloved cubs won the series. RON YOU WILL BE MISSED
December 13, 2010
I grew up a die-hard Cubs fan. I wasn't alive in the era that Ron played for Cubs... But my dad was and he told me all about it... Ron has always been my all time favorite! I would purposely listen to the radio instead of the t.v. just to listen to his reactions! Me, my dad and brother always said WHEN the cubs win the World Series, we wanted to listen to Ron and how happy he would be!.... Ron, you will be sincerely missed! My prayers go out to the Santo family.. God Bless and go Cubs. Send us luck from above Ronnie! R.I.P.
December 13, 2010
louispetros i loved ron on radio i will mis him s
December 13, 2010
My prayers go out to the Santos family. Thank you for sharing Ron with all of baseball. Another angel (CUB) in the outfield. Tommy from New Orleans.
December 12, 2010
A fan since I was 12 and having several encounters with Ron over the years (autograph signing, games, etc) I have profound respect for the man and admiration for the player. God took a good one from us. Rest is Peace Ronnie. After having you in my life for 50 years of Cubs baseball, I will miss you very much.
December 12, 2010
Thank you Ron for so many hours of joy listening to you. I will always remember you.
December 12, 2010
I grew up going to Wrigley Field as a kid in the late 50's. "Day care" was a front row seat in the bleachers for 50 cents. Ronnie was very talented, fiery and emotional. He never received the recognition he deserved because he played on a team with so many other stars. Banks was my hero since he was the first big star who came up during my childhood but after Santo became a broadcaster and I realized his deep affection for the Cubs, his wonderful, positive personality, despite his health issues, he became an inspiration to me like so many others that he touched. I was fortunate to have shaken his hand. My condolences to the Santo family for you're loss.
December 11, 2010
Ron you were a class act. Thanks for the great memories!
December 11, 2010
I will always remember the greatest cub of all Ron Santo. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Santo family at this time of their loss. But after hearing what Pat Hughes said at Ronnies funeral, that Ron would want us to after awhile to remember him with smiles and laughter then so be it. My tears are all dried up, and all I will go on to remember Ron with is all my happy, funny and loving memories from now on. How could you not Ron Santo always brought a smile each and every day to work and made everyone else smile to. Thanks you Ronnie we will forever love you, and miss you.
December 11, 2010
Ron Santo was a great ballplayer and he really excelled as a color man on radio because of his honesty, reality
and because he was ALL CUB.
Ron was so truthful, genuine, funny and emotional. I'm not certain if I will be able to listen to the Cubs on radio without Ron. Pat Hughes and Ron Santo----what a terrific team ,I'm sure Pat will have many difficult broadcasts without Ron. My condolences to the Santo family for your loss.God Bless and may he rest in peace......
December 11, 2010
I remember seeing Ron Santo at the game when I work for them at the season game in 1998.he is the greatest person I ever know.he will be miss and will never be forgotten.he should been in the hall of fame.I want to sent my deepest sympathy on the family and his teammate,the Cubs oraganization.
December 11, 2010
I remember seeing Ron Santo play-we were living in Libertyville,IL
1968-1970 so I saw him play in 1969 that year the Cubs should
have wom it all but faded in the stretch.
One of the VERY BEST 3d basemen EVER-EVERYBODY agrees
on THAT.Should be in Hall of Fame-why not?????His devotion to
his family,his teammates,the Cubs organization were real and
yes inspiring.
This world has lost a good man who always gave his best-please
remember that and follow his example.
-Steven Englert
-Aurora,CO
December 11, 2010
12/11/10

Ron:

You were always willing to sign an autograph or talk with the fans. Unlike many players of today, you were such a nice person and we miss you already!

Growing up in Chicago in the late 1960's/early 1970's my world was WGN TV: Ray Rayner, Garfield Goose, Bozo Circus, Jack Brickhouse, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo!

Later in my life, my daughter briefly would know you as the WGN radio guy who always groaned when the Cubs lost a game!

Thank you for being such a great part of my childhood and then as a Dad sharing the Cubs with his daughter!

Chuck Stevens
Mount Propect, IL
December 11, 2010
You will be missed. To his family, I'm so sorry for your loss. May he Rest in Peace. As the old saying goes,Number 10 in your scorecard ,number 1 in our hearts.
December 11, 2010
Chicago Cub radio broadcast will never be the same ! R.I.P. Ron Santo
December 10, 2010
#10 will always be in our hearts
R.I.P. Thanks for all the memories
December 10, 2010
To the Santo Family my deepest sympathy on your loss. Ron was very nice and posed for a picture with my uncle when he visited Wrigley a few years ago.
He will be missed by all.
December 10, 2010
Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.
December 10, 2010
Ron,

Thank you for all the wonderful memories you brought all of us Cubs fans. You were a true inspiration demonstrating tremendous courage with your battles with diabetes and cancer. While I am too young to have witnessed your wonderful baseball career, I will always remember you as my partner sitting next to me while listening to Pat Hughes broadcast the game. You made everyone feel as if you were sitting right to them during each and every broadcast, and you shared the emotions that each of us felt countless times. I truly feel blessed to have had the oppotunity to listen to you over the years. You will be missed dearly and will never be forgotten. I certainly hope that our Cubbies can bring home a World Series in your honor. Rest in peace.

Sincerely,
Matthew Bialko
December 10, 2010
We have lost a wonderful human being, a friend to all of us. God bless you Ron. Marge K
December 10, 2010
I Started watching the Cub's back in 1969 I could not have picked a better team to follow. Why I am so proud of this team is because of the roles that they play on the Cub's to this date. It is so great to see guy's like Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Ferggie Jenkins , Glenn Beckert and others still being involved with this team. I now tell my children these were the guy's that played when dad was a kid. In my heart the 1969 Cub's will always be World Champions. I would also like to add that during Baseball season I listen to almost all Cub games on WGN Radio it is going to be very hard to listen to those games with out Ronnie. Pat Hughes you are a true gentelman. Ronnie will be there in spirt and he will live in my heart forever.
December 10, 2010
Thank you for wonderful childhood Sunday afternoons....watching the Cubs with my dad while my mom made pasta, meatballs and gravy...the best Sundays I ever had growing up...We are all Cub fans in my family...although we live in Texas now...my sons, 22 and 25 are the biggest Cubs fans...Mary
December 10, 2010
You were a great man, Ron. I loved you as a kid on the Cubs. As an announcer, you were sheer joy to listen to, special. Your work on behalf of fighting the scourge of diabetes was indeed admirable. My prayers are with Ron's loved ones during this difficult time, especially to his daughter, Linda, who I prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Church at OLPH in Glenview as her Youth Minister (May the good Lord's grace be with you and bring you His peace and healing in a special way, Linda) and I offer my heartfelt condolences to all of his family, loved ones, and dear friends. May the good Lord be with, comfort, and bless each of you.
December 10, 2010
You always knew he was on the right side-no matter the consequences. A teacher in his own way. A good enough soul that he will always be our hearts...
December 10, 2010
December 10, 2010
I'm gonna miss you Ronnie. I still have your poster on our study wall. You were my favorite Cub from the time I started watching in 1969. I'd wait for you before or after every game I went to in the early '70s just to say hi or get an autograph--you never said no. I made my first trip to the old Comiskey just to see you(that's where this picture was taken). Have fun playing third again Ron. If anyone can talk the Man upstairs into letting the Cubs win, it will be you.
December 10, 2010
My condolences to the Santo family. He was the greatest Cub Third Baseman ever and a great announcer. I will never forget 1969, which was the same year my wife & I got married. He should have been put in the HOF years ago. Listing to the games will not be the same. I had the pleasure of meeting him when he had his restaurant in Schaumburg. May he rest in Peace.
December 10, 2010
R.I.P. Ron Santo - As I watched the celebration of Chicago's dear number 10's life, I was reminded of the time, that we flagged down Mr. Santo after game. He not only gave us his autograph, but posed for pictures. Needless to say, a long line began to form behind us. We went to our car, and as we drove home, we passed by the Wrigley Field parking lot, where we saw Ron Santo standing next to his Chevy, on prosthetic legs, still signing autographs, long after the current, younger and healthier players had left in their Navigators, Escalades & Hummers with darkened windows. You will be very missed Ron, their will never be another number 10!
December 10, 2010
What a guy. I love you Ron. A fan since I was a teenager in the 50's.
You will be missed and what a hunk you were. I wish I had known you
personally. Chicago will never forget you....
December 10, 2010
my heartfelt sympathy to the santo family. Ron was amazing as a player and then sports caster! he was also my last hold to childhood! As a child my dad, uncle, cousin, my mom, aunt, and I would all go to the game. my cousin kept score with t hose tiny pencils , with the transistor radio to her ear. i was to busy with frosty malts and hoping hits would come my way! they are all passed,. But listening to Ron brought all those bright days driving from the south side to light!,, Thanks Mr.Santo for being a Cub, and allowing us to be part of your. Life!,
December 10, 2010
Ron will be missed by all baseball fans, especially those in Chicago. Having grown up in the 50's then as a teenager in the 60's, I watched many a Cub game with Ron Santo delivering a late inning clutch hit, or making a diving stop at 3rd base to save a game. He was at the top of his game and also in baseball in an era when triple A players were not playing in the majors like they are today. A great player...and even a better person will be missed. My condolences.
December 10, 2010
Ronald Edward Santo -
Rank comparison to current HOF 3rd Baseman --
15 seasons; 9 All Star Games; 5 Golden Gloves --
G: 2243; AB: 8143; AVG:.277; R: 1138; H:2254; HR:342; RBI:1331; SB: 35
AVG:9th...R:8th...H:9th...HR:3rd...RBI:5th...SB:10th

TOP TEN RANKING in all major catagories -- HOF deserving 3rd Baseman if I ever saw one!! Miss you RON - Angel at the Hot Corner!!
December 10, 2010
Ron Santo will always have a piece of my heart
December 10, 2010
Ronnie you will be greatly missed I already miss you. My prayers go out to you family. Maybe now your in Cubbie heaven you can bring us a World Series and when it happens we will know you had something to do with it. YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED!!!!
December 10, 2010
Ronnie you will be greatly missed I already miss you. My prayers go out to you family. Maybe now your in Cubbie heaven you can bring us a World Series and when it happens we will know you had something to do with it. YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED!!!
December 10, 2010
ron, I grew up loving the cubs, from Hank Borowy in 1945, through Hal Jeffcoat in 1951 and from the day you first played for the Cubs in the early 1960's until today, Dec. 10, 2010. You were the greatest player, even with Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, and Billy Williams. You made baseball exciting and as an announcer, you made listening to the Cubs a pleasure. I was born on Feb. 29, 1940, and since we were the same age, I ideentify strongly with you. To jeffd Santo and familoy, you were the best. Jim Kamp, Carol Stream, Il
December 10, 2010
Thanks for being so kind to our diabetic daughter when we attended one of your Walks for the Cure many years ago. You were truly an inspiration to so many with diabetes.
December 10, 2010
My condolences to the Santo family, I am sure Ron was loved deeply for who he was as a private citizen, and that his strength, humor and passion for life was something he shared with those he loved the most. I am fortunate to have grown up with Ron Santo in my memories and he was an example of the best, as a man, a human being, a Cubs fan and a man who obviously loved baseball. He earned his place in the Hall of Fame of humans, it is unfortunate that he was not able to see this one dream come true, but he has won the respect and admiration of people in ways that truly matter more. We have lost our champion and it is a sad day in Chicago as Ron finally gets to rest and know that he will not be forgotten and there will never be anyone like him again. RIP Mr. Santo.
December 10, 2010
I was born a die hard Cubs fan. My grandpa and my dad were die hard's and they passed their love of Cub's baseball onto me. If the Cub's aren't playing, I'm not watching. Thank you Ron, for all you have done for the game and everything you have done for the juvenile diabetes foundation. You will always be loved and truly missed. You are a "Hall of Famer" in my book.
December 10, 2010
I was born a die hard Cubs fan. My grandpa and my dad were die hard's and they passed their love of Cub's baseball onto me. If the Cub's aren't playing, I'm not watching. Thank you Ron, for all you have done for the game and everything you have done for the juvenile diabetes foundation. You will always be loved and truly missed. You are a "Hall of Famer" in my book.
December 10, 2010
My late father and I have been ultimate Cub, and Santo fans for many years, He will be sorely missed in that broadcast booth, and as an ultimate fan too. My deepest condolences to the entire Santo fanily.

Joan Lenzi
December 10, 2010
My Deepest Sympathy to Ron Santo's Family

I remeber when I was in 7th grade summer break and we road our bikes to the ballpark to watch him at 3rd base.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS
December 10, 2010
My deepest condolences to the Santo Family - how fortunate to have had this man in your lives! Thank you for sharing him with the world and especially with Chicago. I was always such a fan of Ron - as a player since my first summer of baseball in 1969, as a broadcaster on WGN radio, as a champion for juvenile diabetes research, and as a human being. He made this world a better place and will be greatly missed.
December 10, 2010
Ronny! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
December 10, 2010
Ron, I remember your willingness to always talk with a fan. You signed a ball for me at spring training and talked about JDRF with me. I will always remember your courage especially since I now have diabetes. Your legacy will live on.
December 10, 2010
RIP my friend. I will miss your loyalty, extreme optimism and best of all your ability to laugh.
December 10, 2010
My condolences to the Santo family. I had no choice of becoming a Cub fan, my father took me to my first Cub game in 1968 and to home openers for the next 10 years. I became an addict to Chicago Cub baseball, and the 1969 Chicago Cubs were my favorite. My dad was diagnosed a diabetic in 1969 and as Ron was challenged daily with his disease, so was my dad. I thank my dad for that day in 1968, and I'm fortunate to still have my dad with us today, but it hasn't come without great cost. Ron, you've done so much for so many, I salute you. You were a favorite of mine, and I thank you for the many years you shared with us, you're courage, your hope, and the unselfishness in your fight for a cure with JDRF. To the Santo family and the Chicago Cubs organization, we've all been blessed that the lord gave us all the opportunity to have had Ron Santo been a part of our lives, I loved the man, he was a brother. God bless Ron Santo.
December 10, 2010
Thanks Ron for the memories
December 10, 2010
December 10, 2010
God bless you, Ron. You are a Hall of Famer in the hearts of all Cub's fans. The Cubs shall never see the likes of you again. RIP Love, Patti Bachar
December 10, 2010
To Ronnie. John and Doug send our sincere thanks to you, for having played the game with integrity. I as a Sox fan & Doug as a loyal Cub fan have one thing in common, respect for you on and off the field. Oh Ron, stop and see Vince (another great fan) as he's probably got a seat ready for you to talk baseball. You truly were a 10. May God welcome you.
December 10, 2010
In 1969 I spent a lot of time in the left field bleachers before my senior year in high school....a couple of times Ron would come sit with us and shoot the breeze. What an amazing thing for a kid but shows what a great guy you were and what a "Cub" you were. Thank you for great memeories and my condolences to the Santo Family, Ron will be missed.
December 10, 2010
Thank you Ronnie for all you did for the game of baseball. My fondest memories will always be about you and the Chicago Cubs. I've been a cubs fan for 57 years and I wouldn't change my loyality for the world. You deserved so much more. Maybe with you up in heaven, you can state your case to God that the cubs are #1.


Yours truly,

Bill Sobotka
December 10, 2010
I did enjoy seeing him play. was a great guy. My kids used to the game gor around fifty bucks. Those were the good olds. He will be missed so much. Phyllis
December 10, 2010
"OH NO!!!" As I read through the tributes to Ron, I sit here crying and mourning the loss of a true HERO. I wish to thank his family for sharing him with all of us for so many years. Cub fans really believe that Ron was a part of their family. I have been a CUB fan since 1967 when I was 7 years old. My brother and I are diehard!!! I was extremely fortunate to find a man who loves the Cubs as much as I do and understands my obsession with them and Ron Santo. We have shared our love for the Cubs with our daughters also. I so loved watching Ron play and will always remember the '69 team. I have loved even more listening to Ron (with Pat) on WGN radio and appreciating his passion for the game. He was the Ultimate Cub Fan and whether the team was winning or losing, you always knew that Ron was saying on the air what Cub Fans everywhere were thinking or saying in the privacy of their homes and cars. He was also passionate about JDRF and being the daughter, wife and sister of diabetics and having it myself, I can only say God Bless You Ron for bringing this disease to the attention of many. Your triumphs over this disease are truly inspirational. You have shown that one can live a full life with this disease. As I said You are a true HERO. The game will go on and we will watch and listen because that is what Cub fans do, but our hearts will be a little heavier knowing that our favorite Cub is not in the booth calling the game. I think the true tribute to you is all the Non-Cub fans posting on here that they believe a grave injustice has been done to you by not being admitted into the HoF. Even Cardinal fans have posted on here.....that says it all. Rest in Peace, or better yet...enjoy playing third base on the BEST field of all (maybe ask for a little ivy to be added). You will be missed and listening to the games will never be the same.
December 09, 2010
As a young boy who had lost his father at age 4, I must have been looking for male role models and found one for a lifetime in Ron Santo. His "heel clicking" spirit and optimistic view of life have been with me ever since. As a boy, I played hours of catch with my neighbor Jim and pretended I was #10. Thx for the memories Ronnie as a player and the voice of the Cubbies.
December 09, 2010
I remembered back in 1965, Mr. Santo came to my High School, St. Francis, Wheaton, Il during my freshmen year. He gave a speech before passing out the football awards. My favorite memory is the jumping and clicking of his heels after a Cubs win in 1969. Thanks, for all the great Cub memories. 3rd generation Cubs fan.
December 09, 2010
With or without the HOF you will always be a big part of Chicago sports history. You will be missed behind the mic this summer, but never forgotten. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family who was by your side and helped to give us the man we knew. Rest forever in peace.
December 09, 2010
The ultimate competitor and the the best example of how someone in the public should conduct himself. He wore the #10 and and conducted himself as a 10. Always had time for a story, an autograph or an encouraging word. He is the example of courage, compassion, sportsmanship, humility, and competitiveness. He encouraged all of us, he looked and spoke of the best in people. Thank you for all you did for JDRF and the many kids you helped, befriended, loved and provided encouraged over the years.
God has called you now to play on his team, where you will play without pain, kick up your heels again and hopefully you will provided and obtain alittle divine assistance for his Cubs. Once again you, Harry, Vince, Lou and Jack can toast each other and get Leo to pick up the tab. Thanks for being the guy on the other side of the radio.

God Speed Ronnie
The Stapletons
December 09, 2010
Rest In Peace, Ronnie!!! #10 has been my favorite/lucky number for the past 50 years! Heaven is a happier place now that you reside there!! You will be missed FOREVER!!!
December 09, 2010
In the summer on 1961 I was ten years old when my mom took me to my first Cub game. We sat in the box seats on the third base line and I developed a crush on you that has lasted all my life!!! You have brightened my life so frequently since that day. Thanks for the laughs and the millions of memories!!! The world is an emptier place without you and Cub baseball will never be quite as exciting. My heart goes out to your family....if I am feeling this much of a loss, I can only imagine their pain. Rest In Peace, Ronnie! You will be missed by MANY for ALWAYS!!
December 09, 2010
May you rest in peace.
December 09, 2010
You will be missed.
December 09, 2010
The Santo Family,
I am so sorry for your loss Ron was a real inspiration to me! I have lymphedema in my ankles and I have always admired him he will be missed dearly!
Bob Philbin
December 09, 2010
Dear Santo Family,
I enjoyed him when he played for the cubs. I loved him when he did the games on radio. I know he lived in Elmwood Park ,IL.I will miss him so much. Please except my condolence for the loss of your husband and farther and Grandfather. He was one of my favor player's from the 1969 cubs. Mr. Santo and I have in common is we both dislike the N.Y. Mets.
December 09, 2010
As a kid I remember watching you, Hundley, Kessinger,Banks, Williams and the rest of the Cubbies.. Maybe this will be their year. they'll have an Angel on the Field with them...#10
December 09, 2010
RIP #10- you deserve to be in the Hall big kid.
December 09, 2010
My prayers are with the Santo Family. Be in peace with God, for He has truly picked a beautiful flower for His garden.
December 09, 2010
Thank-you Ron Santo, for what you brought to the City of Chicago. LOYALTY, LOVE and LAUGHTER! LOYALTY to the Cubs, as a Player, and as a Broadcaster w/Pat Hughes at WGN, and your total committment to JDRF and all that has been done thru the years because of you. LOVE of your family and friends, and your love of the game of baseball past, and present. A TRUE Ambassador of MLB. LAUGHTER that you brought to people who listened to you and Pat Hughes, when doing play by play on the radio,and with all the funny comments and stories.
RIP Ron Santo. You are a GAMER, now in the HEAVENLY HALL OF FAME.
December 09, 2010
Ron, you were an amazing ball player, announcer, and also a great person. Your personality, leadership, and generosity are all things we will all remember in our hearts, as well as your baseball career. You will always be remembered by me. #10 Forever. God got one heck of a 3rd baseman
December 09, 2010
I remember the Santo family where I grew up in Glenview. Ron would always come to his son's (Ron Jr.# softball games at Roosevelt Park. Ron was a great man as well as a great father. My father passed away in 1998, he was a Glenview policeman. My father took me to a spring training camp in FLA when Ron played for the white sox #don't worry Ron I won't hold that against you). I'm sure my father and Ron will be playing a round of golf at the "Pearly Gate" Country Club. Rest in Peace Ron, we will never forget!
December 09, 2010
Ron was a great man, my mother, Evelyn worked at Wrigley and knew Ron and alway said what a nice guy he was and when I would come to game he would alway stop to say Hello. He will be greatly missed.
December 09, 2010
December 09, 2010
Thanks for the memories...
December 09, 2010
Ron, Thank you for all those years you are a True Cubby!!! Years ago I use go to Cubs Park with My Grandmother.. Those for me are Great Memories. Thinking of Wrigley Field It is Home. My Prayers are with you and your Family. God Bless You!!!
December 09, 2010
rest in peace # 10 cubbie forever !!!!! mark ramirez valparaiso,in
December 09, 2010
Thank you Ronnie for all the years. May the light of this candle warm your family as you have warmed our hearts.
December 09, 2010
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE&PRAYERS&CONDOLENCES TO THE SANTO FAMILY,FRIENDS,FANS,&ALL WHO KNEWMR. SANTO.
December 09, 2010
Ronny I will truly miss your passion for the Cubbies. May you rest in peace, my friend..
December 09, 2010
Ron was a great ball player.I was at the first game Ron played. He has brought my family many years of enjoyment both on the ball field and in the broadcast booth
My family and I offer our blessings and will be with the family as we watch the services on TV. Don and
Joanna Stewart
December 09, 2010
It can be so hard to face the new year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
December 09, 2010
one of baseballs greatest players, announcers and fans will truly be missed, especially when i listen to the cubs games at work.
god bless the Santo family
December 09, 2010
The Cubs broadcast will never be the same without Ronnie...Ron always made us laugh while watching the Cubs game. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Santo family. He is in our Hall of Fame. #10 forever!!
Ray and Barb Donnelly, Tinley Park, Il
December 09, 2010
Growing up with a father who was the biggest Ron Santo fan made me the Cub fan I am today. We were saddened to hear the news of Ron's passing. In the days since we have read, heard and exchanged so many great stories about the Ultimate Cub, all which tell what a kind and caring person Ron was. My 70 yr old diabetic dad was fortunate enough to meet his hero a few times and Ron always had time for him before or after a game in Mesa or at Wrigley and even once from Colorado on the phone. All a great story... Getting to see your dad light up like the 4th of July because he met his hero -... priceless. Listening to games on the drive home will never be the same. Millions have been affected by Ron's life contributions and may Ronnie's family find comfort in that he has touched and helped so many and have made them better people for knowing, listening, and watching Ron Santo, the Ultimate Cub- player,announcer,humanitarian,fan,and friend!
Thanks #10.
December 09, 2010
Ron,

Thank you for helping me to know the meaning of "beloved".
December 09, 2010
Just as sure as people remember Tinkers, to Evers, to Chance, I'll remember Santo, to Beckert, to Banks. God bless Ron Santo. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Santo family and the fans that will miss him.
December 09, 2010
god bless ron santo. i'll miss him. his voice on the radio will be missed. thank you ron.
December 09, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Santo family and all Cub fans. Ron will be truly missed and baseball won't be the same without him.
December 09, 2010
No better player, No better man. Thank you Ron for all the great plays, the great humor and the most fun anyone can have listening to a sportscaster. You may be #10 on the field but you will always be #1 in the hearts of Chicagoans.
December 08, 2010
My prayers and thoughts go out to the Santo family. Your grief is shared by thousands of loyal fans. Growing up in the Chicago area, I have always been a Cub fan, and ever since I met and saw Ron play at Wrigley Field, he has been my all time favorite player. He was a class act both on and off the field. Even when I was in South America 14 years, I was always a Cub / Santo fan. He will be greatly missed; he deserves well the reward that the Lord has in store for him. Thanks for the great memories !!!
Sr. Nancy McLennon
December 08, 2010
SANTO WAS THE MOST DEDICATED CUB PLAYER AND FAN IN THE HISTORY OF THEIR FRANCHISE GOD BLESS HIM
December 08, 2010
I loved Ron. He was the greatest Cubs' sportscaster. It won't be the same without him. He also was a wonderful man personally as well as a great Cub player.

Leon and Pat Ivanauski
December 08, 2010
Some 40 years ago while working as an Andy Frain usher at Wrigley Field, Ron Santo was one of the few great guys/players who would always have time for us ushers to laugh kid around and converse with us or make sure that we got that autograph for someone in our lives, in short Ron you were always a class act, a hero and someone who made others feel 10 feet tall when around you. Thanks for the great times.
December 08, 2010
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE 3RD BASEMAN EVER.
YOU MADE ME LAUGH EVERYDAY YOU WERE IN THE BOX WITH PAT BROADCASTING OUR CUBBIES GAMES. THANK YOU!
DEBBY POST
December 08, 2010
To the Santo Family,
I was stunned to read the notice of Ron's passing. My [ex] husband was Ron's "roomie" when the team was on the road. My 3 boys always kept track of Ron from the time we left the team until now. Several years ago, one of the sons [with his own son in tow] met his Dad in Chicago to go to Wrigley Field again. They had a wonderful time visiting with Ron in the booth and then renewing old times. Ron Santo was always at the top of the boys' list as they grew to adulthood.
My [now] husband is a severe diabetic, I know how devastating the disease is.
I am truly sorry for the passing of Ron, what a ballplayer he was.
M. Daniels
December 08, 2010
Ron came up with the Cubs in 1960, and that was the year I made my first visit to Wrigley Field. A friend told me I needed to pick a favorite player. I didn't know anything about him, but I said "Ron Santo." Ron Santo was my all-time favorite baseball player and, later, broadcaster for 50 years. I enjoyed watching him play 3rd base and loved hearing his broadcasts with Pat Hughes. The Cubs just won't be the same without his presence. Thank you Ron for all the joy you provided. My deepest condolences to the Santo family as well as the Cubs family.
December 08, 2010
TO THE FAMILY AND LOADS OF FRIENDS OF RONNIE SANTO.
A JOB WELL DONE.
I TO LOST A SISTER-IN-LAW TO DIABETES IN JAN 2010. WE NEED TO SUPPORT JDRF FOUNDATION AND OTHER DIABETES FOUNDATION.
THE CUBS WAS RON SANTO.
THANKS,
BARB JOHNSON AND FAMILY, CHICAGO, IL
December 08, 2010
I feel like I lost a member of my own family. When he met you, you were a friend. I loved talking to him after a Cubs game, he never tried to rush off, but actually took the time to talk and sign items. I loved listening to him on the radio, his reaction or comments were what everyone was thinking, he told it like it was. He should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago. RIP Ronnie!
December 08, 2010
You will be missed. May you enter the hall of heaven. Your number was 10 and so were you.
December 08, 2010
Dear Santo Family,

I just wanted you to know I loved listening to WGN and Ron Santo. I too am a Cubs Fan and loved how devoted Ron was to many causes. My husband is also an insulin dependent diabetic and can relate to Ron.
My 9 year old daughter came out of school yesterday and said she prayed for Ron Santo today. She also wants me to take her out of school to go to the funeral on Friday.
We, like you are broken hearted. He went much too soon.
December 08, 2010
One of the all-time Cub players is gone. Long live Ron Santo!
December 07, 2010
Those humid summer afternoons will never be the same. Your voice will forever be imprinted in our minds forever, may we only hope to be as great of a warrior as you.... god bless you Ronnie!!!
December 07, 2010
To the Santo Family,

Myself, wife and son Matthew were born Cub fans and I remember watching him play during the 60's and 70's and listening to him broadcast with my now 9yo son. My youngest sister Linda passed away with diabetes complications just over 10 yrs ago. We all grieve with you and your family over your loss and cherish the times Ron spent entertaining us either on the field or in the broadcast booth.
December 07, 2010
There are many broken hearts in the world of baseball this week, not only Cubs fans but all over the country. I will miss listening to "Mr. Cub" on my satellite radio. I was listening the day after Ron passed and fans of other teams in cities all over the country were calling in to express their sorrow at his passing and their outrage that he had still not been voted to the Hall of Fame! Ron, I will miss you dearly and you will always be top dog in my Hall of Fame!
December 07, 2010
While I sit and read all the wonderful memories of Ron, I grieve with all Cub fans. It is amazing, we come from different states, and some countries, yet we all have the same feeling of loss. We are all so sad at losing one man that made a difference in all of our lives. His dedication to the Cubs and the JDRF cannot be matched. How lucky are we to be fans of the Cubs, which allowed us to all share Ron? Amazing how he has affected us all in one way or another. I never met him, my kids are 4th generation fans, and I feel that we were all so blessed to have him in our lives, for some a voice over the radio. But the passion in his voice will forever be remembered. God Speed Ron, and thank you so much for just being you.
December 07, 2010
To the Santo Family
We knew Ron as an entertainer, sportsman and proud family man-----He will always rest in our hearts in the living legends of the Cubs---He may have missed the the Hall of Fame vote---But my money is that he has entered the Hall of Eternity with the favor and blessing of Our Lord----May the Santo family accept our communities love and devotion---Rest in Peace
December 07, 2010
Although Ernie Banks is called "Mr. Cub" you should be too. You were so passionate about the team whether you were playying or announcing the games. You were taken far too early. I hope you find eternal rest in God's loving arms.
December 07, 2010
Simply the best, Old Cub... We are glad you graced our time, city and team....
December 07, 2010
My deepest condolences to Vicki, Kelly and the Santo family. I have such fond memories of going to Fantasy Camp with you and having so much fun. I cherish that time and realize how incredibly lucky I am to have had such a great experience. My husband I and listened to Ron and Pat every chance we got, he even made listening to a losing game fun! It will never be the same. Ron was an inspiration and a good soul. He was the worlds greatest Cubs fan and will live in our hearts forever. I am glad he is at peace and free from pain.
From my family to yours, our prayers are with you.
December 07, 2010
I was saddened to hear of Ron's passing. He was a childhood hero of mine and a great baseball player. I was blessed to finally met Ron at the Cubs 2010 fantasy camp in Mesa,Arizona. I learned he was an even greater human being,so giving and so passionate about life. May Gods richest blessings be with the Santo family and his beloved Cub family.
December 07, 2010
R.I.P. Ron, Thanks for the many good memories of baseball in Chicago, you will be remembered for all the Good things you did while on this earth, The Cubs WILL WIN A WORLD SERIES SOMEDAY AND WE WILL THINK OF YOU< YOU WILL BE IN THE HALL OF FAME ALSO, click your heels for the ALL-STARS in HEAVEN!!
December 07, 2010
We will always remember Ron as a great supporter for the Juvenile Diabetes organization.
We were proud to have been supportors
and participants to his wonderful cause.
The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization (CIACO)
December 07, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
December 07, 2010
You were the voice of the Cubs with Pat Hugh, you will be missed. My son has type 1 diabetes, and you are a role model for a lot of kids. We will miss you alot.
Heidi Lykken
December 07, 2010
The Chicago Cubs lost a wonderful man on Thursday night. My sympathy goes out to his entire family in this difficult time for them, what a loss. I would only listen to Patrick Hughes and Ron Santo on the radio. It will never be the same without Ron Santo. May he rest in peace. God Bless. Shame on the Hall of Fame.
December 07, 2010
You were always my favorite Cub. I remember when the Tribune held a contest to find out which player was the fan favorite. The media was guessing Jose Cardinal. I wasn't surprised when the results were released and the headline read "Surprise!, Santo Favorite Cub." Thanks for being a good role model. The sounds of the game have forever changed. You will be missed. Go Cubs!
December 07, 2010
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
December 07, 2010
We will always remember you Ron!! You're one of the greatest ball players and played for the greatest team-Despite what non-cubs fans might say. I know you'll keep watching over and rooting for us from up there. Rest In Peace, you will be greatly missed. Go Cubs GO!
-WMG
December 07, 2010
Rest In Peace Ron! Cub Love 4-Life! Say hello to my father, he is a Big Cubs Fan. La Familia Ramirez
December 07, 2010
Ron, you always have been in the fans' Hall of Fame, and baseball ultimately will realize how unjust and ignorant it has been to deny you a place in Cooperstown. That said, God bless you for all you did for JDRF, and my wife and I will be sending a donation in your memory.
December 07, 2010
We LOVE YOU MR SANTO YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US ALL.......
December 07, 2010
Ronnie Voice will surely be miss condolence to his family
December 07, 2010
The testament to who this wonderful man was (and just happened to be a great baseball player), is that over a thousand people from all over this nation have paid tribute to his life well lived.
Bless you Mr. Santo in your eternal rest.
December 07, 2010
The testament to who this wonderful man was (and just happened to be a great baseball player), is that over a thousand people from all over this nation have paid tribute to his life well lived.
Bless you Mr. Santo in your eternal rest.
December 07, 2010
Ron gave me a lot of hope and courage listening to his stories about his life with diabeates and heart trouble. I was 44 when i had my heart attack and became a diabetic.

May God Bless The Santo Family
Ralph Dlouhy Jr.
December 06, 2010
Ron Santo was always #1 Cub player to me. I was a south side Cubs fan and loved to go to Wrigley Field and watch the Cubbies. Ron Santo, Ron Cey, Ryne Sandburg, Fergie Jenkins, etc, what a team. I was and still am a die-hard Cubs fan. Nothing was better to do then go to a Cubs game & sit in the bleachers on a warm summer day. Right Field su***, Left Field su*** the fans chanted. When it was announced that he had diabetes it was a shock to me. He hung in there and played like a champ. I live in Ohio now and still love to watch the Cubs beat the Reds. But nothing can compare to watching Ron Santo play in Wrigley Field all those years ago. Sympathy and Prayers to his family.
December 06, 2010
Ron, thanks for your example of a life lived to its fullest even in the face of adversity. We'll miss your voice on the radio and your wonderful personality. It will be tough to turn on WGN on Opening Day and not hear your enthusiastic call. May you now find comfort with God and may your family feel the love that you gave to so many. #10 will always have a special place in Cubs lore.
December 06, 2010
Ron was a hero to my mom for many years. A lifelong Cubs fan, she watched him play for many years. Like Ron, my mom was also diabetic and, like Ron, she also battled cancer. When he lost his legs and carried on so valiently it was an inspiration to her. Sort of "if he can do it, so can I." Unfortunately, we lost my mom 3 years ago. I imagine she's already cornered him to tell him what a huge fan she was and is talking his ear off about years and years of Cubs baseball memories.
December 06, 2010
We'll miss our summer nights on the porch with Ron and Pat. What wonderful memories Ron gave us, and what a wonderful man he was. I will never complain again. Tim and Sara brown, Polo, Il
December 06, 2010
I had the pleasure of watching Ron Santo play for the Cubs during the 1960's when I attended games at Wrigley Field. A great player who belongs in the Hall of Fame.
May your family find comfort in God's Word during their time of sorrow.
God Bless.
December 06, 2010
Ron: Your pain is now gone and you can rest in peace forever. You were, and continue to be, a role model for one and all. You will always be in my heart. Thank you!
December 06, 2010
Playing Little League in the 60's, I remember the runner rounding second headed for third - as he slid, I tagged him out. "Just like Ron Santo," my coach said. Best compliment ever! To a great ballplayer and an even greater human being. You taught us so much about the game of baseball and so much more about the game of life. A truly great one has left the field. Thank you Ron!
December 06, 2010
The Cub Fans will never forget Ron Santo & neither will I.
December 06, 2010
my pray go out tonight to the santo famlily god bless you all at this time !!!. you will true lily miss broad cast the game on wgn 72... ron santo you were the best !!!ron, i love listern to ron sonto on the rodiao he made me , laugh so hard all the time ,about the cubs the team he true love ...... it want be the same listern to cubs now ,i love went ronnget mad ,about not doing good all the time ,but that ok. you in no more pain ron sonta god blees your life . and go out and play a double head now !!! ron. game that you truelily love ..i, go miss you ron sonta ,,go have fun in the big and better hall fame with all you friend now ,HOLY COW, HOLY COW!!! BYE RON SANTO... P.S, HIT ONE FOR ME RON SANTO.. !!!!!!!
December 06, 2010
Ron was a central figure in the best and worst year of my childhood (1969). The joy and genuine love of the game and its fans was always evident. Last summer as I stood by the parking lot gate with a young nephew, player and player ignored the kids waiting for an autograph or just a wave. Ron Santo waved and acknowledged the crowd with true warmth and enjoyment. His like will never be seen again. Baseball and humanity are poorer for it. Ron was a hall of famer in the hearts of all who had the priveldge to share a love of baseball and Cubdom with him.
December 06, 2010
we all wanted to be ron santo, playing 3rd base, you will be missed, Baseball suffered a great loss,but Heaven gained a great man , a helluva 3rd basemen. angels in the outfield, and a saint on 3rd base!!!
December 06, 2010
There is no sub,
For this Old Cub...
December 06, 2010
You are now in the only Hall of Fame that ever mattered. I love what you stand for and who you are, and I will miss you forever.
December 06, 2010
i been a cub fan for many years i love the cubs they are family ron will be miss very much he needs to go down in the hall of fame because he is one of the best players i know god bless him & his family u will be missed
December 06, 2010
Ronnie, we are going to miss you it will be 1 luggage bag lighter on the equipment trk but are hearts will be heavy thx for everything you will be missed. On-Time-Services -James Cummings and Robert Garcia
December 06, 2010
Chicago has lost it's number one Cubs fan and greatest 3rd baseman and the world has lost a great humanitarian. By example you taught us about passion; for the game, for the fans, for life. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I know you have been welcomed into the friendly confines of Heaven. Hey hey holy mackerel no doubt about it. God bless.
December 06, 2010
Ron has been one of the wonderful reasons why its great to live in chicago. Since I was a kid in the 60's until now. The memories of him playing baseball and the fun on the radio but most important is that he was such a possitive role model and the tenactity he showed fighting back diversity. In this day and age of self centered sports stars and drug enchanced muscles, Ron Santo represents what it is to be a class act. He was one of a kind. Bless the Santo family. We will never see another Ron Santo again.
December 06, 2010
My Dad enjoyed talking about how wonderful Ron was. He met him in Franklin Park, Illinois, at Al & Joes back in the days. Al was my uncle. My dads name is Alex. Now they can all talk about THE OLD DAYS
December 06, 2010
Never cried when a celebrity passed on - but with Ron Santo it was different! He felt like part of the family and could always bring a smile to many faces! He will be missed - God Bless him and and his family.
December 06, 2010
Growing up in Chicago and watching Ron Santo play 3rd base inspired us northwest side kids to play as hard as he did. He gave 100% every game. As a fan since 1960, I will miss you Ron. Rest in Peace my friend.
December 06, 2010
Dagnabit! Bye Ron. Bill Burke, Chicago
December 06, 2010
Ron Santo was my favorite player ever! No games will be the same without hearing his voice. He is in the Hall of Fame in Heaven right now. All of the wonderful things he did for people won't be forgotten. My sympathy to his entire family.
December 06, 2010
How we will miss him, this wonderful courageous man - an inspiration to all ..
Rest in peace
December 06, 2010
Ron was my coach at Cub's Fantasy Camp in 2000. A firebrand, full of passion, it was a singular thrill to be that close to him. I remember telling him I would be in Cooperstown when he was inducted into the HOF. I will keep that promise. We've loss a great Cub.
December 06, 2010
Ronnie, Hall Of Famer in all our hearts!
December 06, 2010
We moved to Houston from Chicago in early 1969. My son Stephen age 10 a big Cubs fan was in the hospital suffering from leukemia and we were listening to the Astro Cubs game from the Astrodome. Ron hurt his finger and was taken to a hospital in the medical center for treatment. I said to my son I would find him and ask him to come up to see him. I found him in the ER and he did. He also set up a visit to the clubhouse for a day later to meet the team and gave him a glove and signed balls from both teams. Stephen loved this and we cannot thank Ron enough for the time spent with him that evening. Stephen died later that year.
December 06, 2010
One of my heroes on the ball field. I always pretended to be Ron Santo when I played ball with my brother in the back yard.
December 06, 2010
You certainly will be missed Ron, but I know that you are in a far, far better place, may you rest in peace.
December 06, 2010
A true hero, a man all can look up to, Ron Santo will remain in the hearts of Cub fans forever. I'll never forget that moment when Ron sang Take Me Out To the Ballgame. When he was finished I looked up at him from my second row upper deck seat and for a moment his eyes locked with mine and I gave him a thumbs up. I too developed diabetes in my late teens and Ron Santo will always be my personal hero.
December 06, 2010
Playing baseball in the 60's if you played 3rd base you wanted to be Ron Santo.
I can tell you he was one of my heros, but what we all saw him go thorough the last 20 plus years and the work he did for JDF with his positive attitude he's a super hero.
Rest in Peace

JF
December 06, 2010
Our weekend trips won't be the same with Ron gone from the radio.
December 06, 2010
He was one of the good ones . . .
December 06, 2010
All your fans will miss you. I know I will. My husband was a diehard Cub fan. He went to be the Lord in April of this year so I am sure he will root for you when you play Heavens baseball.
December 06, 2010
Your memory will brighten all future
seasons ...
December 06, 2010
My heart is heavy for your family and myself! You were my childhood and adulthood "Cubs Hero". Definitely a sport's legend to look up to. I know you were "immediately" inducted into "Heaven's Hall of Fame". What a true blue Cubs fan you were too. Thanks for the wonderful memories and showing the world how to live a full life regardless of your handicaps! Rest in Peace, I know you will. May the Cubs win it for you, Ronnie, in 2011.
December 06, 2010
R.I.P. Ron....condolences to the family...
December 06, 2010
Ronnie You will live on in every Chicago Cubs fans heart forever.
The HOF in Cooperstown has made a big mistake by leaving you out.
Thank you for being the fine human being you were.
I will greatly miss you,Mike Virchinsky
December 06, 2010
I will miss him in the broadcast both. He was fun to listen to and was a very nice man.A great baseball player who should be in the Hall of Fame and a great person. Ron was the last of the tough guys in baseball. He will be missed.
December 06, 2010
Damn shame and a travesty your not in the hall of fame Mr. Santo I grew up idolizing you as a third baseman, despite being an AVID Yankee fan.

Here's to you, sir, and those like you 'cuz there's to damn few of 'em.
December 06, 2010
It will be hard to listen to Pat on the radio and not hear your voice. Praying for the family.
December 06, 2010
I always think I had the 1st autograph Ron gave at Wrigley. Was there when team returned fromPittsburgh and no one knew him when he was leaving the park except me and my friend. so we got his autograph one of many. I remember being at his restaurant when he came in with Billy, having him sign my "LOVE OF IVY' book. Countless memories.....
he was the best and the "69 cubs will always be my team. RIP my friend.
you will live in the hearts and minds of cub fans forever !
December 06, 2010
The radio broadcast just won't be the same. RIP Ron. You will be sorely missed. Your passion for the game and for the team was second to none. A class act all the way. I'm glad you got to see your number retired. Thanks for the good times and all the laughs.
December 05, 2010
What wonderful teenage memories I have of Wrigley field and my magic team: Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Randy Huntley, Glen Beckert......!! We made those Left Field Bleachers ROCK, and ALL OF YOU put Wrigley Field on the baseball map of America!! Thanks for the memories!! Rest in peace 10!! Thank you for everything you did for baseball!! You certainly changed my life!
December 05, 2010
Your name brings back so many childhood memories! I grew up going to Cubs games, and loved your passion for the game Rest in Peace, Ron. The Hall of Famers who have gone on before you will welcome you as one of the Big Team. God's blessings to you and your family.
December 05, 2010
It just won,t be the same listening to the broadcasts without your voice.
December 05, 2010
Dear Jeff;Christie and family;
Extending our deepest sympathy to all of you .
It was our pleasure to meet your dad in October;may all the joyful times you shared altogether give you comfort during these difficult days.
Love and hugs;
Matante Phyllis and Uncle Reggie Cote
December 05, 2010
Ron and Pat = the Cubs and summer. It will never be the same or as fun without you Ron.
December 05, 2010
A true pioneer of the sport who may have been one of the first diabetic athletes of his era. He never used his disease as an excuse. He will fondly be remembered for his love of the Cubs, the game of baseball and the fans. I'll miss you Ron!
December 05, 2010
Mr. Santo,

Thanks for your passion and the memories! You will be missed.

Brett
(New Hampshire Cubs Fan)
December 05, 2010
RON SANTO WAS A GREAT BASEBALL PLAYER AND OVER CAME A LOT OF ADVERSITY TO REACH THE MAJOR LEAGUES. HE DESERVES TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME AND IN MY MIND HE IS A HALL OF FAMER IN LIFE! R.I.P.
December 05, 2010
My favorite CUB!!
December 05, 2010
In August 1971, our family lived in Madison, WI. My teenage daughter, a CUB fan and SANTO fan went with me to Wrigley Field for her first game there. We had box seats on the Third Base side. Her loyalty as a Cub continues. We both subscribe to Baseball ONLINE to listen to the games and Ron Santo's play by play. She is the one who sent me an email 20 minutes after hearing of Ron Santo's death. What an inspiration that man has been!
December 05, 2010
#10 was my all time sports hero and later in life he became a hero for humanitarianism and inspiration. I'll give you a big HEY, HEY, HE DID IT!!!
December 05, 2010
As a kid growing up in Park Ridge in the 60's, I remember quite well the "Baseball Clinics" Ron Santo did for the kids at Hinkley Field...Brings back a lot of memories...I recall, too, when Ron and Glen Beckert opened up the Ron Santo Pizzeria accross from Village Green (1964ish??). I still have the miniture bats they passed out to the kids as a door prize...I also have too many Wrigley Field memories to recite here, but they will forever live in my heart...Thanks, Ron.

Kert Brown
Milton, FL
December 05, 2010
My first game as a fan at Wrigley, you were at the hot corner and Ernie was still at short. You always gave 100%. A lot has changed over the years, but you always made everyone feel important. Thanks for the memories on the field, raising funds, and in the booth. There will never be another Ronnie. Enjoy this home run trot as CUB'S Nation gives you your due. Thanks to the family for sharing this fine man with all of us.
December 05, 2010
To the family of the BEST third baseman the Chicago Cubs ever had and maybe ever have ! I grew up in Wrigley area and was one of the kids that was fornate to see him play, as i did many came and gone thru my life as a fan and there was no one as Great as Ron.i always waited for him to jump up and kick his feet together. I always listen to him broadcast and when he would get upset with a play i would too many times.Here we go again but this time it will be to say are final Good Bye to the Real KIng of Wrigley he will be Missed and my prayers and deepest sympathy is with you !
December 05, 2010
Being a Cubs fan thru marriage, many times I didn't even know what the score was when I listened to Pat and Ron. I listened because I loved the banter between them and when Ron started giggling, I started giggling. When Ron told a silly story it made me roar. When Ron teased Pat about being cheap I could barely keep my car on the road. I'll miss him so much when baseball season begins next year. What a treasure we had for the last 20 years in the booth...
December 05, 2010
I always looked forward to day games so I could listen to Ron while delivering the mail. He kept a smile on my face and a spring in my step, summers will never be the same. Heaven is smiling now and he's clicking his heals again!
December 05, 2010
Within the last four years, despite tight security trying to escort him safely out of Wrigley after a game, Ron took the time and made the effort to say hello and sign a baseball for my kids, one a die hard Cubs fan, and the other with juvenile diabetes. He represents the voice of baseball and we will miss his voice, his sense of humor, support for JDRF and love for the Cubs and Chicago.
December 05, 2010
The summer won't be the same without you, my friend. You're in my HOF. #10, forever.
December 05, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 05, 2010
When asked if I could go back in time and watch any baseball player my answer always surprised people. I would always answer Ron Santo. Not only was he one of the best third baseman to ever step foot on a baseball diamond, he was also a great inspiration and a hero to many who battled diabetes. Ernie Banks may be Mr. Cub, but Ron Santo was the heart and soul of the Cubs. R.I.P. Ron Santo. You will forever be missed.

Javan Bristow, Clinton Illinois
December 05, 2010
Alway's enjoyed Ron as the announcer for the Cubs! He really was the Cub's #1 fan! Will miss you Ron you are in our hearts always!
December 05, 2010
Not living in Chicago I can't fully appreciate the impact this man had on a city. But still being a die hard Cubs fan I know the impact he had on my life and the joy and tears I shared with him in the seasons that we know as Chicago Cubs Baseball. Ron was simply one of a kind and an baseball icon that will truly be missed. Thanks go out to Ron and his family for all the years we got to cherish you.
December 05, 2010
In 1962 or 1963' we lived on the same block in Elmwood Park,75th Court. Ron was always great to the older kids who used to lie on your driveway to see him. We all attended a holiday party one year at a neighbors. We followed Rons career at Wrigley. Our condolences on the loss of a great man and ballplayer.
December 05, 2010
Ron was a great ball player, and a great ambassador to baseball. End of discussion. The writers that kept him out of the hall of fame are regreting as I write. when I was a kid and I loved baseball, I copied his batting stance, which looked like a slugger! My thoughts and prayers goes out to the Santo family. Michael Sekich, Tucson, AZ
December 05, 2010
There are a lot of people (mostly guys in their 50's, I suppose) who spent their childhood at a sandlot field, pretending they were Ron Santo. In an age of artificial heroes, Ron was the kind who deserves the title. He was the real deal, and he lived a life that was an inspiration to so many.
Rest in Peace -- you will be remembered!
December 05, 2010
Ron
You are my favorite player. And all i can say is GOD BLESS YOU. From one North side fan to another, Go Cubbies
GOD BLESS #10
December 05, 2010
Ron, you will always be the real "MR. CUB." You will be sorely missed for all you did in your life to help people. GO CUBS GO !!!
December 05, 2010
Thank you Ron for teaching us how to stay with it, and have hope. Excellent entertaining since 1968. We will miss you.
God take czre of you. Lorie and the whole family.
December 05, 2010
We will miss you Ron. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his care.
December 05, 2010
Rest in Peace, Ron. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I am third generation Cubs fan and the first game I remember seeing at Wrigley Field you were playing. I really feel like I have lost an important member of my family as well. You will be greatly missed. We loved you!
December 05, 2010
Ron Santo was a hero and role model for me as a youngster in a time when athletes still could be viewed as such. His work to help others with diabetes continues to be an inspiration to me. Mostly, the shared love for the Cubs and spirit of competition makes the loss of his passing so sad. God bless your family Ron. You will be missed.
December 05, 2010
When we win that World Series in 2011 it will be in Ron's memory. A fine man, and the ultimate Cub fan. My prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Rest in Peace.
December 05, 2010
Saw Ron Santo at a Candlestick Park doubleheader and he hit three home runs that day - always admired him - especially his lifetime of dedication to his beloved Cubs.
December 05, 2010
my sympathy to the family. Ron was an outstanding player and commentator. Janet fortenberry boyd, texas
December 05, 2010
REST IN PEACE RONNIE. YOU ARE MY ALL TIME FAVORITE CUBBIE.
December 05, 2010
Ron Santo and the Chicago Cubs were an integral part of my family in the 60's and 70's. We listened to the games while working our farm in SW Michigan and couldn't wait to get a day off to actually watch. Good-bye to a real life hall-of-famer.
December 05, 2010
Like many people Ron Santo was one of my heros. I admired how he never quit or gave up. I loved listening to him and Pat call the Cubs games. God rest his soul.
December 05, 2010
Listening to the Cubbies will not be the same. Ron bought a passion and love to the great game of baseball that will be sorely missed. See you in the Hall of Fame shortly, where you surely deserve to be. God Bless and GoGo Cubs!
Terry B Marion, Iowa
December 05, 2010
Ron Santa was truly like a vine on the outfield wall in Wrigley Field. I grew up in Des Plaines and remember him vividly along with Ernie Banks.truly great American role models.He will be greatly missed.
December 05, 2010
Every year I look forward to spring training and listening to the games on radio. I will now be lost and not really looking forward to it this year. Thank you Ron for so many years of joy. May you rest in peace.
December 05, 2010
I remember back when he played for the cubbies. I hardly missed a game back then.I moved to tennessee and was sorry to see they did not televise many games. I used to turn the sound off on the tv when he was announcing, and tune to wgn radio. He was so much better and knowledgeable than any of the TV announcers. His passing leaves me feeling a loss, and also am a little glad he will suffer no more. He has suffered too much. I hope the cubbies win the series next year just for him.
December 05, 2010
December 05, 2010
I will never forget Ron clicking his heels all the way to the clubhouse after a win in 1969 to the strains of "Hey, Hey, Holy Mackerel, the Cubs are on their way..." Thanks, Ron, for all those great years.
December 05, 2010
Vikki - We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Know you are in our thoughts. With sympathy.
December 05, 2010
My husband and I will miss Ron broadcasting for the Cubs....he truly was a Cubbie. Thanks for the memories.
December 05, 2010
My heartfelt sympathies are with the Santo family. As a lifelong Cub fan I had the opportunity to see a total professional play numerous times. I will always remember Ronnie running and clicking his heels after each victory. He was sadly never elected to the hall of fame but to all Cub fans he always was a hall of famer both as a player and as a wonderful person. He will be sorely missed.
December 05, 2010
You were a big part of my childhood, and an inspiration to my life! R.I.P Old Cub! xoxo
December 05, 2010
Ron was he kind of person who young children could look up to as an Idol for the sport of Baseball. Ron, We will miss your descriptions of the game. May you rest in peace and look down on the Cubbies as they win the series nest year.
December 05, 2010
Ronnie....we will miss you so much. God Bless you. You were the best.
December 05, 2010
I had the pleasure of meeting Ron Santo early in his career with the Cubs, at an autograph signing event. We arrived early and so did he, so my sister and I were able to spend a few mintutes visiting with him. He was a genuine man who took time to make us feel important to him at 10 and 12 years old. I will not forget this hero among children and adults alike.
December 05, 2010
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
December 05, 2010
I grew up a Cubs fan. My Uncle John Acklin of Harvey, IL first introduced me to Wrigley Field, and from that day forward, I tried to make all my friend believe that I was named after Ron Santo!! He's one I will never foregt!!
December 05, 2010
"Kicking those heels together-upstairs"...a solid example of "the teammate"..."the" example of who the millionaire athletes of today should emmulate.
December 05, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 05, 2010
We have lost a Saintly type friend. He truly cared about other people and his actions said it all. This world was a better place thanks to Mr Ron Santo. May He Rest in Peace.
December 05, 2010
Ron Santo was an inspirational person. He personified the way a professional athlete should conduct himself. Ron made the world a better place.
December 05, 2010
R.I.P. Ronnie I loved listing to Ronnie on WGN and loved watching him during the 7th inning stretch. Ronnie was one of the greatest players of ALL time.
December 05, 2010
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
December 05, 2010
As a kid in 1968, I was a tomboy learning how to play baseball. I was able to find a plain, white shortsleeved shirt that I created a Santo Cubs jersey with. RIP Ron Santo, may you make HOF!
December 05, 2010
To the family and friends of Ron Santo:
My condolences and prayers for you for your loss. Ron Santo was a great ball player and announcer for the Cubs. Heaven has a good third baseman on their team now.
December 05, 2010
I went to my first cub game when I was 3years old and now almost 80 I still am a loyal fan..have not missed very many years not attending at least one game. I remember so many games that Ron made the game so much fun. I know that he is going to still be cheering them on form upabove along side of my dad and my husband. We were fortuned enogh to be able to spread some of my husbands ashes right under Ron's flag at Wrigley. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family. Louise McKirgan, Fort Myers Fl...orginally from Putnam county in Illinois
December 05, 2010
You will be greatly missed. On the off occasions I listened to Cubs games, your passion always made it a joy.
December 05, 2010
Baseball has lost one of it's all time greats, even if the HOF refuses to recognize it. I am not a Cubs fan, but have been rooting for this gentleman since 60's. His love of the game and the Cubs endeared him to baseball fans across the country.
December 05, 2010
What a heartbreaking loss for baseball and us Cubbie fans. When I was in high school in the 1960's while my friends had posters of their favorite movie stars on their door, I had a poster of Ron Santo. Then when I found out my first college roommate at UW-Whitewater, Linda Ockerlund, lived on the same block as Ron, and had been to her house for parties, I had to touch every piece of furniture when I visited her home for the first time! Ron, you were my hero and always will be. Thanks for loving the Cubs so much. You were a perfect 10!! God bless and keep you. May this coming year be the Cubs year, and may God give you a front seat in heaven and a megaphone that reaches from heaven down to earth. My deepest condolences to the family and the Cubs organization. It is so special that Todd Ricketts was on Undercover Boss recently and the Cubs were highlighted. Even though my nephew, Matt Leon, worked in the Brewers' clubhouse the past three years, he knew my heart's desire was that the Cubbies would one day win the World Series. Rest in peace, Ron. Looking forward to a grand reunion in heaven. Aloha, Linda Groth--Euless, TX (right next to Arlington, TX home of the AL Champs Texas Rangers!)
December 05, 2010
My sympathies to the Santo family & the Cubs organization......Number 10 was cut from a different cloth, and he will be missed, remembered, and loved by everyone whose lives he touched...
MAY GOD BLESS YOU, RON.........
December 05, 2010
God Bless Ronnie, You are now a true Saint up above. My love and prayers are with you and your family. You were and will always be the #1 CUBBIE!
December 05, 2010
I never had the chance to met Ron Santo, He was my mentor in taking care of my type 1 diabetes. He will be missed by many. My Condolences to his family and friends.
December 05, 2010
Our prayers go out to the Santo family. Ron was a special person and player. There will never be another player in the history of the Chicago Cubs like Ron Santo. Ronnie kept it real, rest in peace my friend you deserve it.
December 04, 2010
As a native New Yorker and longtime Mets fan, I bristled when Ron would put down my hometown. But I learned that was just part of his fierce loyalty to his friends and community. Ron and Pat's broadcasts were the most listenable in the major leagues, and I will miss him.
December 04, 2010
We all will miss Ron.
December 04, 2010
HERE I AM, A 70 YEAR OLD MAN THAT IS SITTING HERE AT MY PC CRYING BECAUSE SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN PART OF MY LIFE FOR 50+ YEARS HAD PASS INTO THAT FIELD OF DREAMS THAT IS IN HEAVEN SOMEWHERE WITH RONNIE SANTO PLAYING 3RD. BASE WITH HIS CUB HAT AND CUB SMILE SHINNING BRIGHTLY...SAYING GO GO CUBS
R. I. P RONNIE AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
December 04, 2010
Ron was not only a great athlete, but a wonderful person, who was an inspiration to us all. I loved Ron for his courage, his dedication to the game, his honesty, his passion, and his humor. Listening to baseball on the radio, will never be the same. Thank you Ron, we will miss you. Cathy Kemper (Gary In)
December 04, 2010
My deepest sympathies go out to Ron's family & friends. I have been a life-long Cubs fan and thoroughly enjoyed listening to Ron & Pat Hughes on the radio! Baseball will never be the same. Rest in peace, Ron. You deserve it!
December 04, 2010
Ron you will always be missed. I would watch the games on TV and mute them to listen to you and Pat call the game. You are in a better place, let you be the angel in the outfield. Cubdom will never be the same without you. God rest your soul.
December 04, 2010
ron what a credit to human race blessing to the santo family
December 04, 2010
I remember going to Cubs Games on 'Ladies Day' for $2.00...Ron Santo was SO YOUNG AND SO HANDSOME!! I my heart this is who he will remain. He will be greatly missed.
December 04, 2010
Ron Santo was my first boss. I worked in his Pizzeria in Park Ridge and wore the Cubs uniform, the skirt version. I was 14 at the time.
December 04, 2010
One of the greatest baseball players not in the hall of fame. My condolences to the santo family and to the cub family.
December 04, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
December 04, 2010
REST IN PEACE RONNIE.
December 04, 2010
Ron lived in my hometown of Bellwood during 1961 as a 10 year old I would go to his door along with my friends he always talked to us about baseball and the Cubs. I remember after the final game of the season we went to his door said good bye and good luck and he wished us well. I've been a Cub fan my whole life and this wonderful man will be missed. Thank you Ron for your 50 years as a CUB. (Jim G. Darien)
December 04, 2010
Baseball has lost a great man. My sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Santo. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
December 04, 2010
My condolences to the Santo & Chicago Cub families. We lost a true hall of famer. I tried to copy Ron's batting stance in high school but it didn't work as well for me as it did him. My dad passed away in August of this year at the age of 86 a lifelong Cub's fan. He,s finaly going to meet his favorite player. I,ve been a lifelong fan for 57 years. Maybe you to guy's can talk to the MAN and see about lifting this curse and get the Cubbies to the world series. Jim Coe Racine, WI
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December 04, 2010
I, like Ron, live and die with every Cub pitch, every Cub game, every Cub win or loss. Just like after every Cub win I hung the "W" flag outside my home yesterday. This time it was for the very worst reason---the only winner yesterday was Heaven. Ronnie, thank you for the memories, the laughs and the love you had for the Cubs!
December 04, 2010
It's great to see all the support for Ron. I've started a memorial page to collect pictures and stories from his fans. http://1000memories.com/ron-santo/memories
December 04, 2010
Thanks for all the great memories, baseball and otherwise, and everything you did, Ron. I was a fan of yours throughout your career and remain a lifelong Cubs fan. Condolences to the entire Santo family and Cubs family.
December 04, 2010
I can still hear the public address announcer in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field "Now batting, for Chicago, number 10, Ron Santo." Rest in Peace.
December 04, 2010
Mr Santos thanks for all you did for the cubs, you will surely be missed. Rest in peace. Janet (Gilbert, AZ)
December 04, 2010
As I listened to Ron and Pat saying goodbye to each other during their final home broadcast this year, I had a sinking feeling it was the last time I would hear Ron Santo announce a game. Oh how I wish I was wrong. He exemplified and understood what being a TRUE Cub fan is all about. His love of the game and our team was contagious. He and Pat made listening to the games my preferred way to get my Cubbie fix! My sincere sympathies to his family and friends, his co-workers, Cubs players present and past and to all baseball fans who appreciated what a true gem he was. Ron, you have a front row seat from heaven and I know you'll still be watching. Go Cubs!! World Series 2011!!!
December 04, 2010
To the family of Ron Santo: I echo the sentiments of millions of people who are grieving over the loss of Ron. My deepest sympathy. Without a doubt, nobody is grieving as much as you are. God keep you strong and take Ron into his arms.
December 04, 2010
Condolences to the Santo family. Ron was the ultimate Cub fan. He's sure to watch over his beloved Cubbies from heaven.
December 04, 2010
I enjoyed watching Ron play and I really enjoyed him on Radio...Jack Melcher Cub fan since 1944
December 04, 2010
May the Lord Bless Thee and KeepThee:
May the Lord: make his face shine upon Thee
and be Gracious Unto Thee:
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon Thee and give Thee Peace:
Our condolences, The Family of Bill and Mary Meenan
December 04, 2010
God Bless You Ron Santo and your Family, I never was able to meet you but I really enjoyed listening to you and Pat on the radio. I struggle with Chrones disease and I really look up to you the way you handled your illness on and off the field , you truely are someone to look up to in this day and age. I will really miss hearing you on the radio this coming summer but know that you, your family and Pat are in my prayers, God Bless you.
December 04, 2010
God Bless you Ron and may you rest in peace. Heaven now has an angel in the infield. Thank you so much for your loyalty to the Cubs and for the great years you had playing with them. You're a Chicago institution and you will be sorely missed.You are a true Hall of Famer in the eyes of Cubs fans. You battled diabetes almost all of your life and did so with great class. Hopefully a cure will be found one day. Thanks to all of your years of being a great Cub both on and off the field, there will never be a cure found for being a Cubs fan. Thank you #10!!
December 04, 2010
Ron,
You were my #4 hitter in my Cubs lineup when I played fast pitching my entire childhood. I watched you click your heals in '69, and still listened to you as a die hard Cub fan. You bled Cubbie Blue. You will always be remembered.
December 04, 2010
The litany of reponses about the passing of Ron Santo are overwhelming. His enthusiasm, dedication, kindness and compassion are an example for all of us to make this a better world. I will always cherish the memories!
December 04, 2010
Ron - you were my hero in the sixties, my shining light in the seventies, my inspiration in the eighties, a delight in the nineties, and my companion in the last 15 years on WGN. I feel like we have grown up (and old) together. I'll miss you terribly. Please look down on our Cubbies - maybe THIS will be the year!

Jackie Goodman
December 04, 2010
Ron - you were my hero in the sixties, my shining light in the seventies, my inspiration in the eighties, my delight in the nineties, and my companion in the last 15 years on WGN. I feel like we have grown up (and old) together. I'll miss you terribly. Please look down on our Cubbies - maybe THIS will be the year!

Jackie - CUBNUT9 (tried for 10 on my license plate - couldn't get it)
December 04, 2010
Mr. Santo, Thank You. Thank You for being you! Thank you for the great memories of watching you play, to the great memories of listening to you call the games. Thank you for being such a class act. You're a true gentleman!
Thank you to the Santo family for sharing your husband, father, and grandfather, with all of us.
Sincerely,
Nancy Ciccone-Center
Die Hard Cubs Fan
December 04, 2010
Ron, your voice will be missed on the radio broadcasting the Cubs games. You now have the best seat in the house. Thank you for the memories, #10!
December 04, 2010
My condolences to the family of Ron Santo.He was great for baseball and the Cubs.
December 04, 2010
Thanks for the Fight to end Diabetes-Thanks for the Wonderful memories. You can Rest now.
December 04, 2010
God bless you Ron Santo! There will never be another like you. I grew up watching you as a player and it was such a great pleasure to listen to you on the radio. You made it into the greatest hall of fame of them all! We'll miss you!
December 04, 2010
We watched the Cubs games on TV and turned down the sound to listen to Ron and Pat Hughes on WGN radio for the play-by-play. We'll miss you, Ronnie. RIP. ?
December 04, 2010
Vicki & Family,
The world is a much sadder place without Ron's optimism and zest for life. We will miss him greatly. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
The Hyde Family-(Charlie, Velta, Sheryl and Ryan & Family, C.J. and Terri & family)
December 04, 2010
Ronnie was my hero since I was a little girl(9yrs.old), he had class,never said no to a fan, and was the bravest man ever!RIP#10 you deserve it! My sympathies to the whole Santo family.Ronnie was truely loved!!!!
December 04, 2010
There will never be another like you..you were a gem. Helen Grevan ....Sammy's first nanny
December 04, 2010
my deepest sympathy to rons family, baseball has lost a great ambassador, he was a true inspiration through out his illnesses. he will be missed greatly. r i p. dennis depillo
December 04, 2010
RIP Ron. As a Cub fan for over 70 years, I have listened a good many announcers and announcing teams. Ron and Pat were the best. I love baseball and one of the reasons why is we had players like Ron, Ernie, Billy and Fergie. It is the Hall of Fame's loss you are not in it. My sympathy goes out to Ron's family and close friends.
December 04, 2010
I have many fond memories or our neighbor, Ron. Including one New Year's Eve when he, and Glenn Beckert were going to light fireworks off an island in our little lake of Valley Lo. Let's just say, the fireworks never made it off the ground. Lots of laughter, lots of good memories. My deepest sympathies to his wife, Ron, Jeff, Linda and your entire family.
December 04, 2010
God bless you Ron. You will be sorely missed by millions of Cubs' fans and by millions of people who face diabetes. The biggest tribute that could happen is for a cure for diabetes to be found, and for the Cubs to win a world series. R.I.P. Ron.
December 04, 2010
Ron Santo was a favorite with our family as far as I can remember. Our kids loved him. Our youngest daughter, Jodi Dykstra Tucker said on facebook, "I'm crying blue cubbie tears for Ron Santo. RIP Ron." Maybe they'll finely induct him into the Hall Of Fame. He should have been there long ago!!
December 04, 2010
I am a long time WHITE SOX fan. I have also been a long time RON SANTO fan. What a lovely gentleman he was. How proud he made Chicago. What a privilege it was to have known about Mr. Santo. He simply was one of a kind. My sympathies to his immediate family and to his CUBS family.
December 04, 2010
I will miss you Ron. I'm sure they will find a capable substitue for you in the booth but you can never be replaced.

Although I will always love the Cubs, my summers will never be as joyful...

Fred Dreger, Elmhurst, Illinois
December 04, 2010
December 04, 2010
He will be missed. Such a class act.
Now he is at peace and smiling
December 04, 2010
The Cubs have lost their greatest fan. I watched him play 3rd for many years, met him twice, and found him to be nothing less than a class act. The world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors of baseball. I have lost my hero. Rest in peace Ron, you will be greatly missed.
December 04, 2010
There were some days Ron and Pat had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. I had tears in my eyes all day yesterday, too.
December 04, 2010
December 04, 2010
The Best Baseball player to have never made the Hall Of Fame. Can we make this right?

God Bless Ron Santo and his Family,

~Larry W. Martin
December 04, 2010
Well Ronnie,you were one hell of a Cub player,fan and ambassador for our beloved Cubbies. We will always love ya and your passion for life,family and the simple way you approached all these wonderful things.As Clarence said in It's a Wonderful Life-"George you lived a Wonderful Life!" We all say "Ronnie-you lived a Wonderful Life!" God Bless You and Yours-
December 04, 2010
My Sympathies to the Santo famly. I have been a Cubs fan for a while and have enjoyed seeing Ron play and hearing him as an announcer. You all will be in my thoughts and praysers.
December 04, 2010
It can be so hard to face the new year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
December 04, 2010
It can be so hard to face the new year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
December 04, 2010
My sympathies to the Santo family. He was not only a great athlete, but an inspiration. What a class act he was. I will be forever greatful for his friendship.

R.I.P. my friend as you take your well deserved spot in Heaven.
December 04, 2010
I grew up in the 1960's loving the Cubs and Ron Santo, i remember Jack Brickhouse sayin Santo, Kessinger, Beckert, and Banks the infield third to first! All Cub fans will miss you!! Rest in Peace #10!!
December 04, 2010
Go Cubs!!! You will be missed!!! I got your autograph when I was a little kid!!

Richard Stelma/South Beloit IL
December 04, 2010
Ron Santo, you lived every Cubs fan dream. The dream of walking on the grass of Wrigley Field, wearing a Chicago Cubs Uniform, circling the bases of Wrigley Field and to feel the warmth, love and dedicated love of being a Chicago Cubs player.

In heaven, a World Series games awaits you. You shall be on the same field as Evers, Tinkers and Chance! The ball park will be filled with Chicago Cubs fans that have preceded you and that lovingly await for you to walk to home plate. As you approach that first at bat, in my thoughts and in my prayers you and your family shall always reside!!
December 04, 2010
Entry into the Hall of Fame proved elusive, as men kept you out. Heaven not so, welcomed all the way. Well done, my friend!
December 04, 2010
You have always been one of my heroes and inspirations. May your next news headline announce your induction to the Hall Of Fame. Bless you and your family.
December 04, 2010
I,alone with other's will miss Ron's voice, during the Cubs season, this year but he is at rest,and peace.No more pain,or suffering.Thanks for many years of excitment,during REAL BASEBALL.
December 04, 2010
he was family PERIOD
December 04, 2010
I had the distinct pleasure to play on Rons 16" softball team in 1976 in Glenview. He was our shortstop and our leader, and an outstanding 16" player.He should be in the softball Hall of Fame too.My condolences to his Wife and Family. Dan Waters, Scottsdale AZ.
December 04, 2010
Dear Santo family.Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.Growing up and still living in Chicago was always fun when we got to sit in the bleachers and watch Ron run around after the games like a little kid,just having fun.And can't forget the Santo pizzas that sometimes he would throw up to us.My wife would not listen to the tv,she would always have Ronnie on,and she called me the other day crying she is a great fan and will always rememeber when we went on a trip to Houston with The Score and thought she was going to meet him.God Bless him for all his work with JDF and the positive outlook he gave us all.Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
December 04, 2010
Thanks Ron for all the great memories. You'll truly be missed.
December 04, 2010
I grew up a huge Cubs fan and got to see a great deal of Mr. Santo's career. He was the reason I played the game and the reason I've stayed loyal to the Cubbies all these years. What a wonderful player he was and more importantly, what a truly great man he was. Thank you for making this kid bleed Cubby blue!!!!!
December 04, 2010
Ron Santo, you lived every Cubs fan dream. The dream of walking on the grass of Wrigley Field, wearing a Chicago Cubs Uniform, circling the bases of Wrigley Field and to feel the warmth, love and dedicated love of being a Chicago Cubs player.

In heaven, a World Series games awaits you. You shall be on the same field as Evers, Tinkers and Chance! The ball park will be filled with Chicago Cubs fans that have preceded you and that lovingly await for you to walk to home plate. As you approach that first at bat, in my thoughts and in my prayers you and your family shall always reside!!
December 04, 2010
Ron you will be missed, the game and the world will never be the same without you.
Thank you for never giving up!! the hall of fame is the place you are in now.
December 04, 2010
Almost all of my family are die hard Cub fans and I remember Ron when he played 3rd base on the Cubs he will be missed and prayers go out for his family and friends... Cheryl and Edward Owen
December 04, 2010
Ron, you were my hero growing up. You were my idol on the field and in the booth. You are a PERFECT 10. I only have 3 more words to say, Hall Of Fame!
December 04, 2010
My father Nick Galando coached Ronnie at St. Mary's for both baseball and soccer. Now both of you are in heaven playing ball once again. God bless! Rita Galando
December 04, 2010
Thank you Ronnie for all the memories. My husband and I grew up with you as kids and our kids grew up with you as a broadcaster. During the baseball season we listened to you on the radio and it made our day. You made my daughter's 10th Birthday when she said I want to celebrate my birthday at Wrigley Field and meet Ron Santo. Just by a meer coincidence we met you! Without you knowing you gave my daughter and our family one of our fondest memories. Your devotion and strength throughout your lifetime was remarkable. Our sincere sympathy to the Santo family. Peace be with you.
December 04, 2010
A true hero. Why can't all major league players be a little like ron? A ron santo award should be created for those who have overcome or helped those overcome great odds.
December 04, 2010
I was a fan as a young boy and grew up watching you. My favorite glove had the name RON SANTO on it. God bless the Santo family....Roy Bowen, US Army Germany..rabj59@yahoo.com
December 04, 2010
Rest well, Mr. Santo. You will truly be missed.
December 04, 2010
Rest In Peace my friend, I met you many times as a young boy before and after the games, I grew up just a half a block from Wrigley field, Our prayers will be with your family,
December 04, 2010
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
December 04, 2010
I was truly saddend by the new of # 10 Ron Santo passing to many of us he will alway be remembered as part of the million dollar infield for the Cubs in the sixties and the seventies. Good by pizza man you will be missed and thank you for the great memories and fun you gave us while I was growing up.

Tom Billington
P. S. You are in the Great Hall of Fame now.
December 04, 2010
You had a great career and also were a wonderful man. Thank you for the memories and God Bless You. I wish you could see how really loved you were but I think you know this. RIP Ron.
December 04, 2010
Being a long time White Sox's fan I still respected Ron's love of the game.

RIP
December 04, 2010
Ron Santo was a great third baseman and a wonderful inspiration to all for his loyalty and courage. I remember watching him play at Wrigley in the 70"s when I lived up in Illinois. He was my favorite player back then and I continued to admire him later on. He will be missed by all us Cubby Fans.
December 04, 2010
In Memory of Ron Santo: So sorry to hear of your loss. May God continue to bless your family during these difficult times. I remember hearing Mr. Santo's name many, many times when I used to watch the Chicago Cubs while growing up. RIP
December 04, 2010
God Bless you Ron. Rest in peace. You are in the Lord's Hall of Fame. That's what counts!
December 04, 2010
My sympathy to the entire Cubs family especially Pat Hughes. I loved listening to the radio broadcast. Loved the 69 Cubs. My father passed away on November 17. In his 87 years he did not see the Cubs win the World Series. Just wait til next year. We have angels in heaven that can make it happen. Cubs win.....
December 04, 2010
RIP Ron Santo. Thanks for the memories.
December 04, 2010
You will truly be missed my friend! You are one of the great ones, that made baseball what it is today!!!
December 04, 2010
I remember his triple in July of 1967 against the Giants. Tied the score, Ted Savage hit a blooper single to drive in (I believe) Ernie Banks ......... CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
December 04, 2010
I enjoyed listening to the banter between you and Pat on a daily basis. I grew up watching you at 3rd base and you will be truly missed. Just remember that you made it into the fans of Wrigley Hall of Fame and that's all the knowledge you need. Have fun up there with Harry!
December 04, 2010
It was an honor to be your teammate in 1974 with the White Sox! Skip Pitlock
December 04, 2010
At 55 years of age,...I have had the opportunity to see how most people handle media attention and fame. Ron Santo never made you aware he was a star, he was truly one of us...a gentle man who loved his family, Baseball, his city, his Cubs, and the Cub fans.

There was no guile in the man...just a sense of wanting to enjoy the simpler things of life, such as the sound of the bat, ivy covered walls, pennant races, summer time, hot dogs and good friends, all in the greatest environment on earth, Wrigley Field.

WE will miss having Ron ...he kept it real.

Ron Santo is a rare man... and is and has always been in my Hall of Fame...
December 04, 2010
My sympathies to the Santo family. Ron was a Hall of Fame caliber player, a great announcer, and a courageous gentleman. He represented the State of Washington, the Cubs, and his country with dignity and fair play.
We will miss you, Ron!
December 04, 2010
Some did not welcome you into the Baseball Hall of Fame while you were here but God has welcomed you into his "Hall of Fame". My most sincere sympathy to the Santo Family
December 04, 2010
God bless you Ron and keep broadcasting the cubs games from up above......thanks for the wonderful memories. Pat Ehardt (Palatine, IL)
December 04, 2010
Your memory will shine forever. Thank you for giving our Family HOPE and the COURAGE of living with Diabetes..You are OUR HERO.
December 04, 2010
I grew up listening to baseball games on the radio. My grandfather would hang a transitor on a nail that had been pounded into an old Sycamore tree. My grandfather, dad, and I would then sit in a porch swing that hung from that huge, old tree and listen to the ballgames on Sunday afternoons. Mr. Ron Santo brought life to those games with his on-the-field defensive and offensive plays. I was delighted, then, when after his retirement he moved to the broadcast booth, and I could partake of that same excitement once again, this time via his radio voice. May you be comforted in knowing that Ron brought baseball to life on the field and in the booth to millions of fans all over the world. He was truly a legend whom you, his family, can be very proud.
December 04, 2010
I'm a Yankee fan and I know that Ron would have been a great Yankee if it was not for the Cubs.As a baseball fan you will be missed but never forgotten.
December 04, 2010
It's a sad day for cub fans,Ron was great on the radio maybe you & Harry,jack can work some magic up there,and bring us all home a world series. go cubbies!!!
December 04, 2010
He is in my heart forever!
December 04, 2010
What are we going to do without your heart and soul on wgn radio? I am saddened beyond belief. My deepest sympathy to your wife and family. Go cubs!
December 04, 2010
Hey, hey, Ron! Rest in peace, partner. We'll miss you.
December 04, 2010
Wrigley and the Cubs will NEVER be the same:(
December 04, 2010
What an amazing man ... courageous, dedicated, and loved by so many! Ronnie will truly be missed. My sympathies go out to his entire family. I'm sure Harry Carey will be there to walk his old friend through the pearly gates! Ronnie will be forever in the hearts of every Cubs fan that ever lived ... may he rest in peace.
December 04, 2010
RIP Ron... You will be missed... Don L. Gibson and Judy L. Littlejohn... Rockford, Illinois.
December 04, 2010
To the Santo Family,

My condolences on the loss of Ron. I remember as a kid watching him play at Wrigley Field. When we had our baseball award night, Ron was there along with Don Kessinger and I got to shake their hands. What a thrill it was for me! :) May he forever rest in peace.
December 04, 2010
The Cubs have lost two great guys when Ron and Harry get together in Heaven to play the games again and again. May you rest in peace and am sure your family will miss you terribly in the coming months and hope Wrigley field has a RON SANTOS DAY on tv. joyce massey fort myers, fl
December 04, 2010
Entry to the Hall of Fame proved to be elusive, heaven not so at all. Well done my friend.
December 04, 2010
Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God "is near to those broken at heart and those crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34:18)
December 04, 2010
Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God "is near to those broken at heart and those crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34:18)
December 04, 2010
YOU are the reason that the Hall of Fame is irrelevant.
December 04, 2010
sparky anderson's newest 3rd baseman i miss both of these guys, todays baseball will never have the heart and soul of the old timers
December 04, 2010
To the family of Ron Santo, I like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved one. May the God of all comfort strengthen you at this time of grief and sorrow-2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.(Erma L. Davis, Park Forest, IL.)
December 04, 2010
Ron Santo will truely be missed. He was a great cubbie and I was always a fan. He is in the Hall Of Fame for me and he is in a better place now, He will always be a cubbie
Mike Ludington (Siler City NC)
December 04, 2010
This is why Chicago has the best fans because we also have the BEST PLAYERS. I remember watching you when I was a little girl with my dad he loved the cubbies.So many people loved you thanks for all the greatness you gave Chicago.You will be missed but your in good hands now your with harry.
December 04, 2010
Happy Hitting Ron seeyou soon
December 04, 2010
I can remember watching Ron play 3rd base with a passion for the game. You will be truely missed by all. God bless..
December 04, 2010
Please give to JDRF in the name of Ron. I did. Ron, you were the BEST. Long live Ron Santo.
December 04, 2010
Met Ron a few times. One weekend in St. Louie at the Hilton. We sat for two hours talking about our friend Jack Rosenberg. What GREAT guys. We will miss you RON!
December 04, 2010
Just sent $100 to JDRF. I met Ron in St. Louis at the Hilton. We sat and talked for two hours about Jack Rosenberg and friends. Ron was the BEST! Long live Ron!
December 04, 2010
You will be missed Ron, but not forgotten.
December 04, 2010
From a White Sox fan: Many people forgot you played hot corner for the southsiders briefly. I'm glad you bridged that rivalry. I was envious of the northsiders until then. You are a Hall of Famer in our Hearts and Cooperstown can never top that.
December 04, 2010
RIP Ron Santo.....click those heels in the sky above!! YOU will be greatly missed!
December 04, 2010
So sorry to here this about Ronnie. My dad, a lifelong Cub fan passed away in August at 86. He will be glad to finally meet him and shake his hand. I to am a lifelong Cub fan for 57 years. Maybe with the 2 of them together they can get the MAN upstairs to get the Cub's that world series. I'll miss his comentary. Jim Coe, Racine, WI
December 04, 2010
Ron will always be a 10 out of 10 like his number. You are in the HEAVENLY HALL OF FAME now where you belong. My deepest condolences to his family and all Cubs fans. You now have the best seat to see the Cubs win a World Series & enjoy it for eternity.
December 04, 2010
God Bless you and keep you Ron Santo. May perpetual light shine upon you. Thank you so much for all you've done in this lifetime, in this world. You've been called to the one Hall that counts, the only one when all is said and done. My deepest sympathies to the Santo, Cubs and WGN families. You'll all be in my thoughts and prayers.
December 04, 2010
Thank you, Ron, for all you have done for baseball and Chicago!! I was delighted to have met you as a young Cub Scout. God Bless, Chuck
December 04, 2010
Gone but not forgotton! My thoughts and prayers are with you. You brought light to a dark world; hope to those down on their luck. And inspiration to the young for those things old.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ronnie! You are now looking down upon us. Thanks for the memories!!
December 04, 2010
Deepest sympathies to the Santo family. Ron was a great player. We'll never see the likes of him on the diamond again. The mold was broken long ago. Off the field Ron was heroic. Thank you Ron for everything you did for diabetes research and diabetes awareness. Rest peacefully my friend.
December 04, 2010
What a Legecy you have left. Pay it forward in Ron's Memory.
December 04, 2010
I am sorry to hear of the death of Ron Santo, he and the rest of the gang, Banks, Willims, are the ones I watched growing up. He was one of he greats, rip
susan goodrich
December 03, 2010
Ron, you are now in the real Hall of Fame. We will miss you and cherish the memories through the years of the greatest 3rd basemen in baseball. Rest in Peace my friend. Chicago has suffered a great loss today. My sympathy to the Santo family.
December 03, 2010
It saddens me truly at the loss of a great person as Mr Santo. baseball in Chicago will never be the same no one had the passion and humor Mr Santo has Chicago has lost another great and for this we shall mourn then celebrate his life our condolences to the Santo family and the city Chicago the Chicago cubs and wgn radio
December 03, 2010
TO THE FAMILY OF RON SANTO, IEXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL TIME,PLEASE FIND COMFORT IN READING DANIEL 12;2.A,WINCHER.HOUSTON.
December 03, 2010
We'll miss you, Ron. Here's hoping that you and the Lord will see the Cubs win the World Series one day. You're the best. Rest in peace. You were loved by so many.

Roy VanMeter, Hampshire, IL
December 03, 2010
RON Santo and Don Kessinger were the BEST! We had season tickets when living in the Chicago area, for the Cubs home games, a fabulous family time with our daughter and son. Thank you for those great memories and God Bless You! Forever Cub fans, Phil Griner and family
(Florida)
December 03, 2010
rest in peace mr. Ron Santo,you truly will be missed not only as a former player and radio broadcaster but as a true genuine human being and compassionate person.my sympathy goes to the santo family,bill buckland,iron mountain,mi
December 03, 2010
I became a Cub fan after moving to Chicago in 1961, and
Ron Santo was the cornerstone of those great old Cub teams along with Ernie Banks, Billie Williams, and Fergie. I loved going to Wrigley to watch the Cubs, and it is a sad day that Ron Santo has passed on. he will be sorely missed.
December 03, 2010
I grew up listening to Ron Santo on the radio with my mom. Dad was a Sox Fan. She is 84 and never gives up on her Cubbies. She always would turn the volume off on the TV and turn up the volume to Ron on the radio. I thank you for being such a wonderful man that just knew what to say. God Bless you and your family in this difficult time. We are all sad and God knows I want those Cubbies to win that World Series for my mom and every fan that has followed the team for soooo long. But, Ron you will be missed every day. What an inspiration you are to everyone for being such a stand up man. A gentle giant to us all.
December 03, 2010
You will be missed by fans and workers RIP WE LOVE YOU #10 MR.RON SANTO
December 03, 2010
#10 RON SANTO's thank you for making listening to the CUBS GAME on the Radio more fun then actually watching them on TV. NEVER GONNA BE THE SAME
December 03, 2010
We truely have saddness in our hearts today.Tears have not stop since we found out that Mr santo will not be heard in our house or car any more. There is nobody who could be as genuine as mr santo.another great person who brought us happiness and tell you just how it is.Oh No here we go again lets get some hits. Thank you Ron god bless you and your family.RIP Ron Dennis slattery and Tamie
December 03, 2010
Santo to Kessinger to Beckert to Banks, the infield third to first...thanks for the memories, Mr. Santo.
December 03, 2010
When I couldn't watch the game, I could almost always tune you in. I Share the elation you felt when we won and the sorrow you felt when we lost. From one true Cub Fan to another, God Bless You Ron. I'll see you on the other side. and as always, Go Cubs!
December 03, 2010
Santo to Kessinger to Beckert to Banks, the infield third to first...Thanks for the memories Ron.
December 03, 2010
mr santo is in heaven calling a game for hevening angel.
December 03, 2010
thanx for the memories,great player and hall of famerrrrr in my book.
December 03, 2010
The Cub Nation is grieving for such a wonderful man. We will never approach Wrigley Field in the same manner as we did when Ronnie was there. Ron was the epitome of loyalty, courage and ultimate fan in all of Cub Nation. We will always love him for his devotion to the team and even more so, the fans. May God keep you as one of His angels as we know you have earned your wings many times over. RIP "Perfect 10".
December 03, 2010
Thank you for all you have done being part of the Chicago Cubs. I grew up liking just the Cincinnati Reds and didn't become a Cubs fan until I started receiving cable being able to receive WGN Television station. Just like Bob Hope would always say "Thanks For The Memories", thank you for the memories that you brought us that will forever live in our hearts. GOD BLESS RON SANTO. We will certainly miss him being around Wrigley Field starting in "2011" baseball season. It's too bad that I don't remember Ron as a player but will always remember him sitting above where Len and Bob usually sit to do the broadcast of all the home games.

Brenda Stapleton, Columbus, Ohio
December 03, 2010
This is such a sad day. I've been a fan of Ron Santo since I was five years old. He was a huge part of my life, and the only reason why I still follow baseball. Ron Santo made baseball interesting and fun, whether he was on the field or in the broadcast booth. It just won't be the same. My sympathies and prayers are with his family and friends. Ron is in Heaven with God now, and that's better than any Hall of Fame any day. He'll always be a Hall of Famer in my heart. Rest in peace, Ron Santo.
December 03, 2010
The end of the line? No, a new beginning for a kind and generous man. God bless your family. May you know eternal happiness now that "spring training" is over!
December 03, 2010
Ron was one of the best players and gentleman I ever saw play. HIs courage in overcoming adversity stands as a testimonial that inspired many people to face their own difficulties. May he rest in peace in the Heavenly Hall of Fame.
December 03, 2010
Mr. Santo, they should have put you in the Hall of Fame while you were with us. Bless you and may you rest in peace.
December 03, 2010
As a life-long Cubs fan, I'll never forget the passion and enthusiasm Ron brought to the broadcast every day. I can't imagine tuning in to a game and not hearing him alongside Pat. There is no doubt the Cubs lost their biggest fan today. Thanks for the memories!
December 03, 2010
I have very fond memories living two houses away from you during the mid 1960's. You were always kind and willing to talk to me (when I was 8 to 14 years old and when you, Judy, Ron Jr., and Jeff lived there). I recall one time when we talked and your jaw was wired after getting hit in the face by a pitch. You said Mrs. Santo had put your dinner in a blender so you could eat from a straw. You said you would be okay and get back to playing as soon as you could. My friends and I really enjoyed the times you came out to play ball with us in the street and the times we would try to get a glimpse of the other Cubs players when they came over to visit. I was also so impressed that you remembered me, my sister, and my parents when I saw you at the Boys and Girls Club charity dinner in the early 1990's. Our son and daughter were so thrilled to meet you at your restaurant in Park Ridge about 10-12 years ago. You touched me and my family in so many ways. You showed us how to be real Cubs fans. You are in our Hall of Fame. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
December 03, 2010
To Ron Santos Family - We are deeply saddened by your loss and extend our deepest sympathy - We enjoyed watching Ron play for the Cubs and also his broadcasting career later - Jim and marilyn Zeller (Mesa, Az. formerly Crest Hill, Il)
December 03, 2010
Ron,truly one of Cubs greatest players and number one fan. Our loss heavens gain. Condolences to the Santo family.
December 03, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Santo family, the Cubs family, and the Cub fans. I have been a long-time fan of Ron's, since he first came to the Cubs...He is now in the real Hall of Fame. He did so much for diabetes. He considered all Cub fans his friends. I enjoyed his broadcasts, he was so funny. In spite of everything, he laughed at himself. Truly an inspiration to us all. He fought the good fight and now he is at peace. Thanks Ron for all the memories.
December 03, 2010
From a Chicago baseball fan, My dad, Jacob Schelling, is ready & waiting up in heaven to welcome you in!! Jane Schelling-Walden
December 03, 2010
December 03, 2010
To the Santo Family - I am very sorry for your loss. One of the few regrets I have was not being able to tell him that while I am very sad that he never got his wish to be in the Hall of Fame (which he deserved to be in), there is something much more important that he may not have been aware of. He made such an impression and changed the lives of many young kids like me who as a result of him will forever be a life long Cubs fan. My mother bought me a basic baseball uniform and transformed it into a replica of Ron Santo's uniform complete with the Cubs logo on the front and the Cubby blue number 10 on the back. In the meantime I had my dad chasing all over the city looking for a Farmer's Market supermarket that featured his individual pizzas. Ron, you will be sorely missed, but the excitement you generated and the memories you left behind for the fan base you single-handedly created will live on in us forever.
December 03, 2010
Goodbye Ron. Rest in Peace. Just know that beyond all you did in and for baseball, you were a role model and a hero. I for one will miss you dearly, but I will miss you even more because my daughter won't get to "know" you, your kind and good heart and your generousity to others. A side day for humankind.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie Santo - I have watched you since I was 8 years old, I am now 52. I remember eating your pizzas at Wrigley! I am one of the thousands of people who watch the game on tv with the volume off so I could listen to you and Pat on the radio. You guys always made the game MUCH more interesting. You felt everything - when I was sad listening to the Cubs, you were sadder. When it was a high moment, nobody was more excited than you. I respect you so much for all you have endured and how much you downplayed all your physical illnesses. The last few years you no longer made the long trips (SF, for ex.) and I really missed listening to you. RIP my idol and may I always try to be as strong a person as you were. Godspeed Ron. Thanks for the memories! Terese Flynn
December 03, 2010
To the Santo family,
Our prayers to you and thank you for sharing Ronny for all these years.
He was my idol when I was a kid. He is in my Hall of Fame.
December 03, 2010
Mr Cub (jr.) was absolutely the good soul. Great ball player, always on third, but for my family most importantly he gave of himself. My brother was diagnosed with diabetes in 1969. Who was at Children's Memorial Hospital several times to brighten the day and make a difference? Ron Santo. While we all love him as a ball player, my deep respect and gratitude was his humanity. Thank you for touching so many lives in so many ways.
December 03, 2010
Ron was my favorite Cub player growing up. Little did I know how lucky I would be when I started caddying at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. After a few summers working my way up the ladder in the caddy yard, I started caddying for a member who played frequent rounds with Ron. Their foursome became a steady game each weekend, and as time went by I truly felt I had become part of the group, considering everyone friends after many summers carrying their bags. Ron always treated me with class and respect, and during that time in my life I considered him a friend. I was even invited to play golf with him on several occasions during my college days; we were partners a few times as well. I look back on those days as some of the best in my life, all thanks to Ron and his golfing buddies. I am deeply saddened by his passing, but for this lifelong Cubs fan, to have an experience like that with a person I loved watching play baseball as a youth, well... I don't think I could ever dream that up. My sincerest condolences to Vicki and the entire Santo family. Thanks for the memories, pal!
December 03, 2010
My family and I were fortunate enough, not only to take this picture with Ronnie, but he also announced the birth of our daughter during a Cubs broadcast. Such a genuine human being and a true gentleman. God Speed #10. Say hi to my uncle Pat for me : )
December 03, 2010
i am sorry
December 03, 2010
ron and harry are together again.we have two great guardian angels for all time .rest in peace ron .
December 03, 2010
An avid Cubs fan, I met Ron Santa 3 times, the first on my 50th birthday when he posed for pictures and signed a baseball for me. He was truly the best ambassador the Cubs could ever hope for.
December 03, 2010
I will always remember the joy Ron displayed on the field as a player and in the booth announcing Cubs baseball. There will never be another like him. How disappointing that he never got to see his Cubs play in the World Series or see his plaque displayed in Cooperstown. Mr. Ron Santo will be missed by all.
December 03, 2010
I was very fortunate to have been able to see Ron play at Wrigley & hear him call the games on radio. What joy he brought to so many! There will never be another Ron Santo. We will miss you.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, on and off the field, you were the best. You were the reason I had to play 3rd since I was a kid. It's a shame our Cubbies never brought us a World Series for you to see down here... Maybe you can work some magic from the "upper deck". You'll always be a Hall of Famer in my heart and my hero. Those radio games just won't be the same without you either. God bless you man and thanks for the joy you gave to everyone! We'll miss you #10 - you were a class act.
December 03, 2010
Ron is my all time favorite Cub player. My sympathy to his family and friends. Thank you for sharing him with us.
December 03, 2010
Mr. Ron Santo you will be missed.
December 03, 2010
Like so many of my age group we vividly recall going to Cub games with their fathers. Even the 40+ years that have passed my favorite memory of Ron isn't really the home runs, great defensive plays or even the fun 1969 season with Ron clicking his heels. It's the memory of his phone call to my dad three years ago as he was lying in a hospital bed waiting for the surgery to remove his leg below the knee. Ron hadn't met my father and didn't know my family but responded to my wish to have him talk to my father the night before his surgery. Ron's 10 minute phone call to my 85 year dad was without a doubt the a major reason why my dad not only made it thru the surgery but continues today to battle through life. It was very emotional tonight when I broke the news to my dad of Ron's passing. He recalled exactly the conversation Ron had with him three years ago. Ron what you did for my father and what you did everyday for the common cub fan is what a real hall of famer is all about. Your memory will live in our hearts and minds forever. Thanks for the great memories.
December 03, 2010
my father was cubbie blue. he introduced me to mr. santo, mr. williams, mr. banks @ the joliet ymca very early 60's.unforgetable.still sends chills thru me. i'll always have my memories. god bless
December 03, 2010
My Hero. A man who designed his life with his passion. Thank you for living strong and wearing your Cubbies heart on your sleeve. My deepest sympathy to the family.
December 03, 2010
Another great sportsman and player from the golden age has moved on to a greater field.
December 03, 2010
When I was 11 years old I fell in love with Ron Santo. He has had a very special place in my heart in the 44 years since. I told my kids that if he ever rang my doorbell that I would leave. Of course we all knew that wasn't going to happen, but they knew the depth of my feelings for "My" Cub. He was a real hero. My heartfilled sympathy is extended to his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. My heart is broken and I'll always have that special place in my heart for him.
December 03, 2010
-My thoughts, the Cubs greatest player in the hot corner--3rd base.
-Ron Santo pizzas at Wrigley!
-Ron's enthusiasm in "the booth"...
-I'm certain Ron had Cubbie blue blood!
-I plan on watching This Old Cub over and over this week--every time I watch it I catch something new...
-Ron WALKED through those pearly gates to GOD's HALL of FAME. I'll just bet Harry and Jack were doormen, too!
-May Our Lord comfort and envelope Vickie, Ron, Jeff, Linda, Kelly, other family, and friends and know that our prayers and support are flooding heaven.
-With God's blessings...
December 03, 2010
WOW< We all know that we will leave this earth however I guess I felt some should go on forever.....RIP Ron and a big thank you to your family for sharing you with the world! I remember seeing you at Rays Bleachers and hanging out with you and the other cubs players with my dad a "Bleacher Bum" God Bless
December 03, 2010
As a 62 year old who was a die-hard Cub fan all through those trying decades of losing, I loved watching Ernie playing shortstop, Ron at third base, and Gene Baker doing those double plays. A real mensch, that Santo.
December 03, 2010
It will not be the same listening to the Cubs without you Ron. My family moved to Illinois from Alabama in 1960. You were coming into your prime during these years. Most of all I treasure listening to Cubs broadcasts over WGN.com this Summer. I never imagined those late September games would be your last. Go Cubs Go!
December 03, 2010
#10 on his uniform, #1 in our hearts. Farewell to This Old Cub.
December 03, 2010
We sure are going to miss ya Ronnie,Rest in Peace.
December 03, 2010
To me, Ron wasn't a baseball player or even a broadcaster, he was a gentleman and a respectable man. When I became a Cubs fan, at the age of 6, it was the 1998 season and Sammy Sosa was my hero. Years later I would be crushed as a kid because Sosa was caught with steroids and all this other nonsense so it hurt to watch and for some reason I never could have that love for another current player. As I got older and knew more about the Cubs history, I began to idolize Ronnie, I would watch his old game footage listen to him on the radio and talk to him after games and the Cubs convention. He was always caring, funning and kind to me and whoever was with me. I remember one time in particular I was standing outside of Wrigley after a rain out with a sign that read "Ron Santo Fan Club", then this big SUV stopped in front of me and a window rolled down with a hand held out. It was Ron and he yelled "Hey Kid come on over" we shook hands and we talked for a few minutes. Ron was a warrior, he fought with diabetes and everything that stood in his way. Thats why it was so hard to hear he had passed this morning. Ronnie, you were the best damn 3rd baseman ever for the Cubs and I hope some day you can watch the boys in blue win a Series from your new broadcast booth with Harry.
December 03, 2010
I think they should have a memorial service at wrigley with 4 sides tv's in the field and play memories from ron and all the proceeds go to JDRF. What better way than doing it at his second home, and giving money to his favorite cause
December 03, 2010
Thanks for all you did in making baseball a special part of my life. You were a true gentleman, an outstanding ball player, sportscaster and humanatarian. My sympathy goes out to the family. RIP.
December 03, 2010
I Remember getting Ronnie's Autograph 43 Years ago.The lines were long. But he always was willing to sign for all the kids.Everyone loved him. He was the best of all time. A sad day for all of baseball. Tom[Statesville Nc]
December 03, 2010
Ronnie you will be dearly missed! Hope you could help the Cubs win the WS from above. We will miss you in the broadcast booth. Is not going to be the same without you. God bless your family and hope you are enjoying having your legs back again and being pain free.
December 03, 2010
Goodbye old friend, thank you for the memories you will not be forgotten. You will always have place in the Hall Of Fame in my heart.
December 03, 2010
May you rest in peace, Ron. I am a Chicago Cub fan as is my family. Many, many sweet memories of the family watching the games. Now we have passed the torch to our children and grandchildren. What a great role model for all of our family. Just like Stan Musial- a real gentleman. Betty S.
Rockford Ill
December 03, 2010
One of my greatest Cubs thrills was a fundraising event at Wrigley when Ron was available to shake hands. It was an honor to shake the hand of the greatest Cubs fan who was also a very genuine and honorable human being. My condolences to his family and friends but I'm sure they take comfort knowing he will forever be watching over them and also his beloved Cubs.
December 03, 2010
TO THE SANTO FAMILY--I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS--I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO RON SEVERAL TIMES IN 1962 AND 1963 WHEN MY COUSIN KENNY HUBBS PLAYED--THEY ROOMED TOGETHER ON THE ROAD AND KENNY SAID THAT HE WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING PLAYERS THAT HE HAD BEEN AROUND. RON WAS ALWAYS VERY SPECIAL TO THE FANS AND WOULD SIGN AUTOGRAPHS FOREVER. THIS IS A TRUE LOSS OF OUR VERY BEST CUB FAN--NUMBER 10
BILL HUBBS, SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS
December 03, 2010
My prayers go out to the entire Santo family..He will be turly missed by them and as well all the baseball fans who "LOVED"him..Can remember watching the Cubs on T.V. when I was growing up in Aurora,IL..He was one of the best thrid basemen who ever play that position..He's in a better place sitting next to our Lord and savior..Now the Cubs turly have "ANGEL" in heaven now....Ron Peirce Milwaukee,Wi
December 03, 2010
THANK YOU RON FOR ALL THE SPIRIT OF BASEBALL YOU GAVE MY FAMILY, THE BERQIIST CLAN OF PORTAGE IND'
December 03, 2010
I grew up watching Ron play. He was such a great guy, always had time for us Cubbie fans. I am so glad I got to meet him personally. He is already terribly missed.
December 03, 2010
I grew-up watching Ron Santo and in my opinion, he was one of the greatest third-basemen to ever live. He had great range and an arm second to none. He was once asked, "what do you consider a good year?" His response, "30 homers, 100 RBI's, 300 batting average." He accomplished those feats a number of times. To this day, "I" use Ronnie's same measuring stick for greatness. The only shame in his death is that he wasn't voted into the Hall. He surely deserved the honor ... God bless the man ...
December 03, 2010
I remember watching the Cubs on WGN with my dad. Ernie Banks and Billy Williams were great players but no one gave us a bigger thrill than Ron Santo. I remember when he played with a broken jaw. He never gave up. He played with his heart and soul. Ron was an inspiration to many. Thanks Ron for the wonderful memories. Rest in peace.
December 03, 2010
Thank You Ron Santo
December 03, 2010
At his 50th anniversary celebration my 9yr old daughter, Madelyn Hafley, had the pleasure of meeting Ron Santo. My daughter(a HUGE Cubs fan) was one of the Celebrity Bat Kids for that game and she got to sit in the dugout. He signed her ball, took pictures with her and chatted for a bit. It is a memory she will cherish forever!
December 03, 2010
The City of Chicago & the Chicago Cubs organization lost one of the best baseball players in Cub history. RIP Mr. Santo, you will be missed but never forgotten as someone who cherished the Chicago Cubs & stood by them through thick and thin. Myself being from Chicago grew up with the Chicago Cubs and watching Ron Santo play with the Cubs by attending many Cub games as well as watching them on WGN. The Tribune was taking a poll asking if Ron Santo should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He should have been long ago while he was still alive to see it happen. I hate to think that he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously because he died. I think it would have been nice for it to happen while he was alive to share that special moment with his family & friends along with his past and present team members and extended family of the Chicago Cubs. Rest in Peace Ron.
December 03, 2010
I was fortune enough to meet Ron before a Cubs/Brewers game in Milwaukee a couple years ago. He couldn't have been nicer or more gracious as he signed the ball cap of a happy, speechless fan.

Thank you, Ronnie, not just for the autograph but for all the good memories. Listening to Cubs games over the radio won't be the same without you.
December 03, 2010
May the memories of Mr. Santo provide a measure of comfort to you and the family until God's promises are fulfilled.- Matthew, Isaiah 37:11,29
December 03, 2010
Ron, you will be truly missed. I was crying all day at work, thinking about what a great player and fan you were of the Cubs. You were so passionate about the Cubs. Somebody wrote on here earlier, that you will be the Cubs angel in the outfield. We love you Ron.
December 03, 2010
My mom pinning a name tag on Ron at a WGN party in the 60's. Mom said Ron was very charming and gracious. He was!! All of Chicago will miss you, You are truly a legend!
December 03, 2010
Many years ago my uncle, who taught at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, presented my grandfather with an autographed baseball of the '65 Cubs (I believe). The connection was Mr. Santo. Ron, you were the ultimate fan and we will miss you on opening day and every day. Say hi to my grandpa and dad.
Lynne , Fort Wayne IN
December 03, 2010
Ronnie,

You are loved, and you will be missed. This is a sad day in MLB but your memory will live on. God bless you and your family. The world seems a bit more empty today.......
December 03, 2010
I met Mr. Santo a couple of years ago while I was on leave and he signed a baseball for me and shook my hand. That is one of my greatest thrills in my life. Thank you Mr. Santo for bringing such joy to this lifelong Cubs fan. May you Rest in Peace.
December 03, 2010
Our condolences to the Santo family. Ronnie was a great inspiration to us all and will be truly missed.
December 03, 2010
One of the best truest CUBS that ever played the game. RIP dear friend. Lon & Deb Landsmann
December 03, 2010
One of the best truest CUBS that ever played the game. RIP dear friend. Lon & Deb Landsmann, Akron, Ohio
December 03, 2010
I will miss you dearly Mr. Ron Santo, You were the best of the best,you didn't make it into the the HOF, but in you made it into somewhere will nobody will get into THE CUBS FANS HEART OF FAME...(HOF)We will love you and keep you in our HEARTS FOREVER!
R.I.P MR. RON SANTO
December 03, 2010
Ron, your an insperation to us all. " Your the real IRON MAN"
December 03, 2010
Three weeks ago, I lost my Dad who lived,ate, and breathed the Chicago Cubs his entire life, just like the legendary #10 Cub great, Ron Santo. Neither one of these die-hard Cub fans got to see their beloved Cubs win the World Series. But now, along with Harry and Jack, my Dad Fred and the great Ron Santo, can not only talk Cubs baseball, but perhaps can obtain some divine intervention, and finally bring that coveted World Series title to the North Side in 2011. Ron, along with my beloved Dad, you will be greatly missed.
Go Cubs Go!
December 03, 2010
As a lifelong 58-year-old Cardinal fan, I came here specifically to tell you that Ron Santo was one of the finest people I ever saw play this game. A great player and a great person. It is a travesty he never made the Hall of Fame.
December 03, 2010
I remember sitting in the driveway with my dad, a true cardinal fan, listening to Ron. Dad was drinking a beer and truly enjoying listening to the cubs losing. Ron made us smile and laugh as he moaned and egged on the Cubs to win. He will be so missed!
December 03, 2010
Words can't describe how we feel about #10. We love you and will miss you Ronnie. You have been a hall of famer in my mind for 50 years. May you win the World Series in Heaven! Wearing Cubbie Blue!
December 03, 2010
I was at spring training when I first saw Ron up close and personal. Two older ladies standing next to me hollered at Ron when he was watching practice on the field. Ron turned and looked and the ladies waved him over. Ron strolled right over to the fence and gave us a big smile then listened intently to what the ladies were saying. He didn't know these ladies from anyone but sure was interested in what they had to say. Ronnie was a true friend of the fans.

I'm going to miss the way he and Pat kidded with each other on the air. Especially when Ron would slip with a curse word and Pat would cover it up by blaming a fan down below the booth too close to the microphone.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo is my favorite Cub of all time. He's a role model for the ages- a profile of courage.
December 03, 2010
Saw Ron when he played for the San Antonio Missions in 1959. Young and talented but mostly a sparkplug who ignited the team. Ron played with Billy Williams who was arguable more talented but Ron was the fan favorite. Ron thanks for the memories.
December 03, 2010
To a great cubs fan and a great hero. I can't imagine listening to a cubs game without you. Thank you for all you've done for JDRF and for the game of baseball. You will be missed so very much!
December 03, 2010
I was born in Chicago, grew up in New York, and am a lifelong Dodger fan, but I want to say that not only the Cubs but all of baseball has lost a player, fan, and braodcaster. Ron was a true champion and all of baseball is worse off because of his passing.
December 03, 2010
We can only hope that Ron and Harry get together and find away to bring a championship to their beloved team!

R.I.P Ron!
December 03, 2010
You will be missed!!!! I will miss having the windows down on a hot summer day or night and listening to you on the radio I know you are up there with Harry Caray and Jack Brickhouse having a few drinks and laughs
December 03, 2010
I will miss you Ron Santo. You were a true gentleman and a real fan of baseball, especially your beloved Cubs. Maybe you can help them win a World Series in the place that you are now. RIP Mr. Santo.
December 03, 2010
When I came to America in August 1962 we moved into an apartment at 3639 N. Pine Grove Ave and couldn't help but become a Cub fan. And because of you,Ron Santo, I've become a diehard notwithstanding the record in the past 48 years. Ronnie you were the greatest . We will forever hold you in our heart and we'll petition the Cubs with the help of Garry Meyer to erect a statue of your likeness outside Wrigley Field as you are a Hall of Fame 3rd baseman. May you rest in peace.
December 03, 2010
Be at peace, dear Ron. You were always a Hall of Famer to us.
December 03, 2010
RON SANTO WAS ONE OF THE BEST BALLPLAYERS EVER AND A GREAT CUBBIE AND PERSON. KIDS OF ALL AGES COULD LOOK UP RON SANTO. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL SPORTFANS.
December 03, 2010
I grew up watching you play Mr. Santo---you were my hero. At my house my Dad and brother use to call you hotdog and I'd get sooo very angry and then I realized they were doing that to just get my goat and then I called you hotdog as a term of endearment. What courage you displayed with your diabetes and how you accomodated for it on the field. The baseball diamond in heaven just got another all star added to it. Rest in peace Ron and thank you for the memories.
December 03, 2010
Bye Ronnie, you showed us a good time!
Donna, Chandler AZ
December 03, 2010
I grew up watching you play Mr. Santo---you were my hero. At my house my Dad and brother use to call you hotdog and I'd get sooo very angry and then I realized they were doing that to just get my goat and then I called you hotdog as a term of endearment. What courage you displayed with your diabetes and how you accomodated for it on the field. The baseball diamond in heaven just got another all star added to it. Rest in peace Ron and thank you for the memories.
December 03, 2010
I grew up near Wrigley Field, & unfortunately live in Arizona now, but I grew up watching him & what an amazing person he was/is. What a true baseball legend he is/was. He should have been inducted to the HOF decades ago - numbers don't lie. I will always sport my Cubs tattoo proudly, and he will always hold a place in my heart, but not because he died. Cubs fans galore cherished his legacy - alive & now passed. To me, he's considered in the top 5 3rd basemen of all time...we love you Ronnie...
December 03, 2010
God bless, Ron. He added plenty of fun and goodness
to my childhood and teen memories. God bless him.
M. Tricia Lee
MAYOR OF CHICAGO
Candidate
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, you were the voice of the Cubs, a true hero, and you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
December 03, 2010
i was 16 yrs old and playing baseball at my high school in june and holding my transiter radio when ron santo was brought up to the big leagues and proceded to get 5 hits in a double header against vern law and bob friend, 2 of pittsburgh's top pitchers. i thought how cool it was that ron was only 4 yrs older than me and playing for the cubs. i had spoken to ron a couple of times when he was an announcer and he kept his zest for life and the cubs...myself, my wife and my 2 daughters will miss him greatly...rest in peace "pizza man" !!!
December 03, 2010
Remembering and keeping Ron Santo in our hearts forever. You always made the game and we loved listening to you. You were the ultimate Cub. You are now with our Almighty Father.
December 03, 2010
You were the best Ron. Cubs baseball will never be the same without you. Rest in peace my friend.
December 03, 2010
Ron made me love baseball and the cubs as I was growing up. As an adult, working as an RN, I know how difficult it is to perform daily activities, much less play professional sports. Ron was an inspiration for millions, and will be missed
December 03, 2010
Always turned down the TV and listened to the WGN radio feed on the internet here in AZ to get Ron Santo.....will not be the same without you...thanks for all the memories - Scott Holden, Phoenix, AZ
December 03, 2010
My deep sympathy goes to the Santo family. Thank you for sharing your loved one with the city who loved him.
I posted a tribute to him on my blog today: The classiest act of all, though, came from native Chicagoan and third baseman Ron Santo, who clicked his heels in the air after each win. I didn’t know it then, but he already battled diabetes. He would go on to lead an annual walk for a cure of that disease and lose both legs to it. I’ve still got his 1969 season Topps baseball card. The back contains the following career highlights up to that time: “In 1964, Ron led the N.L. with 13 triples. Ron set a major league record last season as he led all third basemen in assists for the seventh consecutive year. His 98 RBIs tied him for the club lead in ’68.” He played on 9 All-Star teams, hit 341 home runs, 1138 runs and 1331 RBIs. Not enough, apparently to earn him a place in Cooperstown, but more than enough for me, because his dedication on the field was nothing compared to his gentlemanly behavior off of it.

Fans would regularly swarm O’Hare airport when the team returned from road trips that fateful year .The players stood around for as long as it took to sign whatever a kid would push in front of them delaying return to their own families in order to take care of the kids who cheered them on. Santo occasionally golfed with other teammates at Rob Roy, which was then a 27-hole course. Neighbors who sighted a Cub foursome would send out the word and a bunch of us would ride our bikes over and hang around near the clubhouse hoping to get autographs, too afraid to approach our heroes when out of uniform. Santo was always the first to look over at us and ask, “You want an autograph?” No big ego demanded a fee for such an act.

Farewell Beloved Number Ten. You will always be a hall of famer to me.
December 03, 2010
It won't be the same in the broadcast booth now that Ron is gone. His loyalty to the Cubs as a broadcaster was second to none. His grit and determination as a ballplayer, despite his lifelong battle with diabetes, showed the kind of guy he was in that he always gave his best on and off the field. He belongs in the Hall of Fame. It's too bad it will now be posthumously.

A great man. My heart goes out to the Santo family.
December 03, 2010
RIP Santo
December 03, 2010
I grew up near Wrigley Field and seen many many games there as a kid. Ron Santo is a stand out in my mind when I think back on those days. He was a FANTASTIC 3rd baseman and ALWAYS a true Cubs player and fan.
Jim Doherty
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was one of the truest Cub fans ever. He left his heart on the field as well as on his sleave. His devotion to the organization and it's fans is obviously genuine and will go unmatched forever. He signed a baseball for me while he was doing a Spring Trianing several years ago when a former Cubs TV analyist refused because it was during the game. You are dearly missed.
December 03, 2010
You are the reason I love 3rd Basemen! You are my fondest memory of going to Cubs games with my brother as a youngster. You may not have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, but you were in my heart! God Bless you and thank you.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was a hero of mine when I was young and an inspiration when I grew up. Rest in Peace #10
December 03, 2010
God is holding Ron Santo in the palm of His almighty A2000 baseball mitt.
December 03, 2010
R.I.P ---Mr. Santo,#10--Hopefully you can show the big guy upstairs how to click his heels!!
December 03, 2010
Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Ronnie, I feel as if I have lost a friend today. I've cried every time passing Wrigley today, as it seems a bit emptier than usual on this December day.

God bless.
December 03, 2010
Sometimes things are just too painful to deal with. I now live in NC, but grew up in Chicago. Here is an email I sent the patandronshow on Sat 6/2/2007 2:08 PM:
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As bad as it as been lately...

…the sun always shines when you are listening to Pat and Ron over the internet – especially from Wrigley.

Let’s listen to two!!

Thanks,
Bill from North Carolina
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What a great man. This really hurts.
December 03, 2010
Will miss you Ron. My favorite Cub of all time. Still have your personally autographed photo from 1965. Charter member of the Ron Santo Fan Club
December 03, 2010
My condolence to the family. Ron was a delightful person. We lived in the same building and played basketball together in the off season of one of his early years as a Cub (early 1960s). He treated everyone with kindness and respect, and earned my everlasting respect for his behavior and character. Congratulations to Ron on a wonderful, well lived life.
Roy Phillips, Bellevue, WA
December 03, 2010
My first Cub game at 8 yrs. old was in 1966 for my 8th birthday! Sat right behind home plate with my mom, (who took me, but didn't like baseball!) From than on it was "Cubbie Blue" all the way. R.I.P. Ron, you can now play on that "Field of Dreams"in the sky...
December 03, 2010
Listening to a Cubs radio broadcast will NEVER be the same without Ron Santo's analysis and humor. Few are irreplaceable; he truly was one of those few.
December 03, 2010
Our sympathy to the family of Ron Santo
-- your loss is shared throughout the
baseball world!! Ron is now in heaven's Hall of Fame -- with the great playersbefore him --
Jim and Joyce Koziel Frankfort Il
December 03, 2010
I grew up watching great Chicago Cubs baseball, and became quite a fan by 1968. 1969 was a tremendous year for the Cubs, right up to the All Star break, when Leo D. took a vacation and left the Cubs to fend off the Mets in August. I can tell you that it was a pleasure following the Cubs that year, led by team captain Ron Santo, who was really one of the best third basemen in baseball history. A great all around ball player, he could hit with power to left, center, or right field. It was a pleasure watching him hit to the opposite field in the clutch, and throwing off the opponents' defense. There was nothing so sweet as to watch him clobber a homer out of the park, or swoop down on just about anything within his reach before it had a chance to get to the outfield for a hit. He was not truly recognized for the incredible player that he was, and should have been admitted to the Hall of Fame. The fact that he had numerous Golden Glove Awards, and multiple appearances playing at the All Star Game, are a testament to his great prowess on the field. A truly great player, and an inspiration not only to me in my baseball years, but to countless others, I'm sure. We'll miss you, Ron.
December 03, 2010
We would often see Ron at the Red Star in Deerfield....Always a gentleman and always friendly to the fans. He will be dearly missed by all.
December 03, 2010
I was born 1935 in Chicago not to far from Wrigley Field and grew up going to ballgames and seeing so many good ballplayers on the Cubs but between the two I do remember was Andy Pafko & Ron Santo who both played 3rd base. Ron inspired so many children growing up and wanting to play major league ball. We all will miss Ron and it was a shame thathe never got voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, shame on them. Good bye Ron and we will miss you on WGN Radio.
December 03, 2010
I'll miss you, Ronnie. I ate your pizza in '69 and wore your number in little league. You ARE the Cubs. Thanks for the years of joy. Nobody did it better. You ARE in my hall of fame.
December 03, 2010
To the greatest Cubs fan ever-may you rest in peace. God Bless your family.
December 03, 2010
THE CUB FANS LOST A HALL OF FAMER.BUT ALL FANS LOST A GREAT HUMAN BEING.
December 03, 2010
Ron was an incredibly gracious great baseball player. A gentleman on an off the field.
He will be so missed - a genuinely positive great person.
We are sadden by his passing but we celebrate his life...which was a model life for us all.
He is now with our Lord Christ Jesus in Heaven. The true Hall of Fame for Saints.

To all family members and friends, Please accept our deepest sympathies.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you attempt to return to life's routine, may you feel comforted by the love and support of Christ Jesus and of family and friends.

The Lord bless him and keep him, the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious unto him and give him peace. Amen. Numbers 6:24-26.
December 03, 2010
I always love to play baseball as a kid. I hate watching it and particularly listening to people talk about it. I was sired by a baseball nut and now married to one. Hence WGN radio is always on during games. The end result is that I looked forward to listening to Ronnie! It didn't matter who was winning or losing (though he was obviously happier when the Cubs were winning!). I just loved to listen to him talk, laugh, giggle, not take himself too seriously and basically just be a regular GOOD guy. He will be sorely missed in this house.
December 03, 2010
Cubs broadcasts on the radio will never be quite the same without Ron. http://www.examiner.com/chicago-cubs-in-chicago/remembering-ron-santo-exit-laughing
December 03, 2010
I will miss you Ron Santo. You were a true gentleman and a real fan of baseball, especially your beloved Cubs. Maybe you can help them win a World Series in the place that you are now. RIP Mr. Santo.
December 03, 2010
A great player and roll model, but above that, a great person. RIP Ron, you will never be forgotten.
December 03, 2010
HOF 2012
December 03, 2010
Someday you will be in the Hall Of Fame, and I think soon. You will always be in the hearts of Cubs fans around the world. God just got an All-Star third baseman for his team. Thank you for what you gave Cubs fans, on and off the field. I've followed you and the Cubs before your rookie year. God Bless You and your family.
December 03, 2010
To the Ron Santo family, you have my sincerest condolences at this sad time. Ron's life is an inspiration to all of us never to quit or be afraid to express emotion. What a tremendous man he was, he will never be forgotten, especially to us who watched him in Wrigley field and listened to him on WGN radio.
December 03, 2010
Ron was not just a Cub. Ron was not just a good father and husband. Ron was the embodiment of what we all want to be, a great human being. I met him twice. Once as he graciously signed item after item during spring training and again as he arrived at Hohokam in a golf cart. I asked him to shake my hand and he stopped the cart and wished me well. He was a force in JDF and many kids owe him a lot as will many more. I can't help but tear up and my sons are doing the same. Why is that? Easy answer. He was a great guy and we will all miss him. It's that simple.
December 03, 2010
Heaven got a special angel. We Cubs fans will miss you so much Ronnie. You are in our hall of fame forever #10!
December 03, 2010
Thank you Ron. You are my hero.
December 03, 2010
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Ron Santo -- a true definition
of what every baseball player should be ..It is sad that a player with
his record of performance -- 60% of his major league career
represented on an all star roster -- was apparently not considered enough to warrant the Hall of Fame in his lifetime .. As with all
heros -- he quietly accepted what life gave him and couragously
accepted what he could not change .. he was a part of a baseball trio that will never be matched in our lifetime ..
Jim and Joyce Koziel Frankfort Il
December 03, 2010
To the Santo Family,

In this difficult time please find comfort from the thought that God will keep him in his loving memory. Psalms 34:18-"God is near to those broken at heart..."
Please cling to the many wonderful memories he must have made over the years.

You can feel that Death can leave a heartache that nothing can heal, just know that Love can leave a memory that no one can steal.

The Grant Family
December 03, 2010
Ron's family,
Ron was my favorite Cub playeer.
I met him in Arizona and he told me to come to the booth the next day.
Up I went and he remebered me.
What a wonderful man he was.
I will miss him a lot.
He should be in the Hall of Fame.
December 03, 2010
I watched you your whole career You are the best RIP You have entered into the ultimate Hall of Fame Heaven Rita
December 03, 2010
A true gentleman and a great human being
December 03, 2010
Listening to Ron every day makes him feel like part of your family. The one time I met him with my mom and uncle he made us feel like we were part of his. Truly a great man.
December 03, 2010
a name I grew up with in Chicago... may your hearts heal with grace. So sorry for your loss
December 03, 2010
Ron,

As you watch over all of us Cub fans, please remember that you were the biggest inspiration for many of us. You told it like it was and we will never forget your faithfulness. You will be dearly missed, but always in our hearts.

JMF
December 03, 2010
There was nothing better then listening to Ron call baseball on the radio. He is the greatest Cubs 3rd basemen of all time. He will truly be missed. All Cubs fans and all of baseball is at a loss. He deserves to be in the hall of fame. God bless Ron Santo and his family.
December 03, 2010
Heaven got a special angel and he is in our Cubs fans hall of fame forever. We love you Ronnie, #10.
December 03, 2010
To all Cub fans, Iam sorry for your loss growing up in central Illinois I know he played a role & and a insprirational factor to Cub fans. A gracious good man I always rooted for him to be in the hall of fame. My thoughts and prayers to all
December 03, 2010
I was 10 years old in 1969 and I loved Ron Santo. Whenever he came to the plate hope sprang eternal. In 1992 my wife and I spoke with Ron outside the ballpark and he was the perfect gentleman very gracious. He was a Hall of Famer all the way. Condpolences to Vickie and the kids and grandkids..We will miss him dearly every spring and for all time
December 03, 2010
I don't even know where to start, this is a sad day for Cubs fans.
I am still in shock!
I blessed to be able to meet Ron twice and a nicer man you will never find.
God Bless your family Ronnie, you will be missed.
December 03, 2010
Thanks for all the memories Ron. My husband and I loved to listen to you and your partner Pat on the radio. You gave us a lot of smiles!!!! The games won't be the same without your colorful commentaries. Thanks for being you. Rest in Peace Number 10. We will miss you.
December 03, 2010
I am so sorry and so sad about Ron Santo's passing. He has left us all too soon. I have been a life long fan of his and will really miss listening to his radio banter with Pat Hughes. Back in the summer of 1969, my sister and I rode bikes over to Ron's house. We asked him if he could please take our copy of the book "Mr. Cub" down to the game with him for Ernie Banks to sign and if he would kindly autograph it himself. The book was a birthday gift to another sister, also a big Cubs fan. Ron was nice enough to do that and we will never forget the kindness he showed us. My son now has that book and it is a treasured keepsake. Life was simpler then, Ron Santo always made life about the important things. My thoughts and prayers are with the Santo family, Pat Hughes and all of his Chicago Cubs family.
December 03, 2010
I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HERE ABOUT THE DEATH IN YOUR FAMILY YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS AT THIS TIME OF NEED
December 03, 2010
Goodbye Ron. I'm sorry neither of the days you hoped for ever came, but your indefatigable spirit served as an example to us all. You were a true inspiration.

You are already missed dearly.
December 03, 2010
R.I.P. Ron Santo you were one of the best.
December 03, 2010
It is a very sad day for baseball, crying is definitely allowed today. Ron was my CUB! His pictures graced my bedroom walls growing up in Gary, IN. Going to the games via the South Shore lines with my sisters, cousin and friends was the best. Ron Santo was the greatest 3rd baseman and will always be my CUBBIE. God bless you Ron and give the MAN an earful so the Cubs make it this year. LOVE YOU always.
December 03, 2010
I'm not a fan of baseball but loved to listen to Ron and Pat. He will be dearly missed by his beloved Chicago people. Our thoughts go out to his family.
December 03, 2010
We have lost a gracious man. In the spring of 1978, as the athletic trainer at GBS, I spent the first three games of the baseball season leaning against the right field fence talking with a very nice parent, who had 2 sons playing baseball for us. He was very supportive, never questioned the coach and just seemed to thoroughly enjoy watching his sons play the game. After the 3rd game, our baseball coach asked me, "What have you and Ron Santo been talking about?" Not being from Chicago, nor much of a baseball fan since I grew up with the Cleveland Indians, I had no idea that Ron Santo had played the game let alone for the Cubs. He was truly a gentleman. It was a pleasure sharing a fence with him for a few years.
December 03, 2010
I was deeply saddened to hear of Ron's death. He made the Cubs winning a joy and the losing bearable. I always enjoyed those late night west coast games when I could go to bed with Pat and Ron and listen to the game on the radio. My deepest sympathy to Ron's family and his many friends.
December 03, 2010
What a great ballplayer! I loved watching him play as a kid and I even liked his pizzas! My heart goes out to his family. He is in my Hall Of Fame!
December 03, 2010
I woke up this morning to the sad news that my childhood hero passed away. Heck, who am I kidding….he’s always been my hero. Those who know me know that I am a die hard Cub fan and even a bigger Ron Santo fan. As a kid I always wanted to have the number 10 and remember the best day ever was when I got a Ron Santo mitt. I wish I still had it. I always hoped that Ronnie would be around to either see a Cub’s World Series or his induction to the HOF. He was loyal to the Cubs and to the fans. This Old Cub will be missed. Listening to Cub’s games out here on-line will never be the same. RIP Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was my favorite Cubs player when I was growing up in Chicago during the 1960s. I always tried to get number 10 on my baseball uniform to emulate Ron. Each of my three sons have played baseball at the high school level and two of my sons have or will soon be playing baseball at the college level and they always try to get uniform number 10 in honor of Ron Santo. I wore Cubs uniform number 10 when I played at Wrigley Field in Randy Hundley's fantasy camp in August 1994. We'll miss you Ron for your enthusiasm and undying loyalty to the Cubs as a former player, broadcaster, and true fan.
December 03, 2010
As Cubs fans all our lives my daughter and I followed Ron and the team all the time. He was also a wonderful and inspirational person to my daughter who was also a type 1 diabetic. She died two years ago and wore her Cubs jacket to the end. She and her son had walked every year in Ron's Juvenile Diabetes Walk's before her complications prevented it. He will be so missed - a genuinely positive great person.
December 03, 2010
Rondidnot fail-The Hall of Fame Failed Ronnie.
Good-bye "old Cub"
December 03, 2010
To the Santo family,

Today we lose another great of Americas game of Baseball. He was a man of talent and skill.Thou I was not a Cubs fan I do follow great players. While growing up I learned alot of techniques and skills from people like Ronnie that gave me the chance to play in MLB and I thank you Ronnie and others. May you rest in peace and thank you for all the thrills!
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was the highlight of spring training. As the other players walked by, he waited until every fan had an autograph and/or picture. We wil miss you!
December 03, 2010
Ronnie you will be missed. "THIS IS THE YEAR!"
December 03, 2010
i hope you rest in peace ron santo you will be missws
December 03, 2010
Cubs games and radio broadcasts will never be the same. I will miss him and his radio broadcasts. So many good memories. He represented Cubs fans from all walks of life and to me he is a Hall of Famer. He was a strong person, just like my father who just recently passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. God Bless him and his family.
December 03, 2010
Very sad. Thank you Ron for being such an inspiration to so many CUB fans around the world. You left us with some wonderful memories that we will forever keep in our hearts!You will be missed.
December 03, 2010
If this was paper it would be stained with my tears. A part of my childhood is gone. He was a Great Player and even a Greater Man. The HOF has not welcomed you in, but I am sure Heaven did.
December 03, 2010
Although my mother never went to a game nor did she really understand baseball. However, when Ron came up to bat she would yell his name in Italian "Rocco Santo". She would also get mad at the opposing pitcher because she thought he was not throwing the ball so Ron could hit it. Ron will always be the perfect Cub, a true gentle man among gentlemen. There is already a ball game going on in "THE HALL OF FAME OF HEAVEN" with Ron being one of the best. There will be another bright star shining from the heavens and I know that all Cub fans will look up and say Hi, Ron.
December 03, 2010
I recall the thrill every time as a kid seeing Ron Santo and Ernie Banks either in Wrigley or on a tiny TV screen. I started listening to the games on WGN radio because of Ron in the broadcast booth....great first hand insight and emotion he provided!
December 03, 2010
The Ron and Pat Show on WGN was the best programming around. I didn't listen for the baseball but to just hear what the boys were up to. I never met Ron but it seemed like we knew him so well. Rest in Peace Ronnie in the Greatest HOF there is.
December 03, 2010
The summer of '69 was a hard one on Cubs fans, but it was a little harder on my family as well. You see my cousin died when we were both 7 years old that year. I remember Jack Brickhouse saying once, "If we take your mind off of things for even 3 hours, then we have done our job." Well the boys of '69 sure did their jobs. MY Cubs team will always have Ernie, Billy, Glen, Don, Randy and of course Ronnie. I followed him on the radio as well as he always personified how all Cubs fans felt. I'll never forget when Brant Brown dropped that ball - poor Ronnie - I thought he was going to scale down the wall and bop him one. My heart goes out to Ronnie's family. I can only imagine how they feel, as I truly feel as if I have lost a family member. Heaven is a happier place today and Ronnie is finally in the hall of fame.
December 03, 2010
I bleed Cardinal red, but if you did not love Ron Santo you are no fan of` baseball. Good times, bad times, come rain or sunshine the one thing you could always count on was Ron Santo giving heart and soul for his beloved cubbies. God bless Ron Santo.
December 03, 2010
I have type 1 diabetes and a life long Cubs fan. Ron ranks amongst the most most inspirational and heroic people I've ever come across. All the Hall of Fame talk is great, but that should not overshadow the work he did with JDRF and as a broadcaster, touching lives and striving to making them better! RIP Ron -- you are a great example for us all.
December 03, 2010
December 03, 2010
Ron was a true hero on and off the field.
Cub fans everywhere feel this incredible loss. What a grand life you led, albeit not always easy. You were my voice and emotions during your broadcasts and I thank you. Now you've got the best seat in the house! Prayers to your loved ones and say hi to Steve!
December 03, 2010
Number 10 in the program, always NUMBER ONE in our hearts!! Rest in peace, Ron...you've given us half a century of fun and pleasure.
December 03, 2010
I am so saddened by the death of Ron Santo. He was a great player, announcer and an overall human being. I loved his jokes and discussions with Pat. I will miss him and his voice on WGN. Even though it will not mean as much as if he was inducted in his life time, I hope he is inducted into Hall of Fame soon.
December 03, 2010
Ron personified so much of what I love about baseball. He'll be missed, but never forgotten-- and now he'll be rooting for the Cubbies from the best seat in the house!!! RIP Ronnie-- you're the best!
December 03, 2010
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Santo family. Ron was a very special guy and I will never forget his friendship and support.
December 03, 2010
Ron sat down at dinner with my family and I at his restaurant when I was 12. He gave me great encouragement, as I was playing softball at the time. Great man, great fan.....you will be missed.
December 03, 2010
Goodbye to the dearest friend I never got to meet. 35 years of living with Type I diabetes has taken its toll on me too. I became a Cubs fan because of Ron's infectious enthusiasm. Spring didn't happen until I heard his voice on WGN. I've travelled from Ohio to AZ for spring training the last ten years hoping to meet Ron arriving or leaving a game at Hohokam. Unfortunately, it never happened.
May the love of Our Lord be with Ron's family today. The Cubs' greatest fan will be playing for the Angels now. I hope to meet him there.
December 03, 2010
Having been a Cubs fan since 1970, it's hard to put into words how I feel about the passing of Cub legend Ron Santo. He will always hold a very special place in my heart and the hearts of all true Cub fans. Ronnie was the life of the Cubs when they appeared to have given up. Ronnie was our hope for tomorrow as Cub fans. The Cubs organization will never be the same. As we all grieve the loss of this wonderful person remember that he would want us all to "Press On" toward a championship, and when that day comes Ronnie will be smiling down on all of Cubdom. I regret are that he didn't live to see that championship on the north side, but most of all, Ronnie certainly deserved to be in the Hall of Fame. God rest his soul until we meet again.
December 03, 2010
My sympathy to the Santo Family.
Ron Santo was so much, to so many people.
By reading this guest book, you can see the many lives he has touched.
He will always be in "Chicago's" Hall of Fame, and in the hearts of the people who truly loved and understood not only what a great player he was, and the history he made, but also the man; who said it like it was, and helped whenever and whereever he could.
He WILL be missed by all.
December 03, 2010
I started watching the Cubs in 1969 as an 11 year old on living on the NW side of the city. I learned from my big brother the rules of baseball and have been a Die Hard Cubs fan since. Ron Santo was and always be a hall of famer not just for his playing days but as a human being. He raised more awareness about juvenille diabetes than anyone. I'm proud to say that our family donated a car to JDR foundation. He is one of the few atheletes that can be looked up to by kids as a role model and these guys who are currently playing in whatever sports should take a page from his book on how to be a true gentleman on and off the field. God Bless him and his family. I miss you already. (PS, I had a big crush on Ron as a kid. Maybe as an adult too!!!)
December 03, 2010
Growing up in Chicago area, I sure am glad I was around to see Ronnie play, he was a true lover of the game, both on the field and off the field. Will sure miss your voice in the booth. Thanks for the memories.
December 03, 2010
Lost a great one!

The Johnson's, Warrenville Illinois
December 03, 2010
My hero growing up and what's really remarkable is he remained my hero as I grew older. Vic C.
December 03, 2010
Rest in peace, Ron. You were and always will be a big part of my love for the Cubs and baseball. I have always treasured the picture you signed for me and the great memories of my afternoons at Wrigley.
December 03, 2010
Listening to Ron Santo was a highlight in Cubs history (as I'm sure watching him play was.) Meeting Ron at a JDF walk for diabetes was definitely the highlight of my many years of support for a great foundation. He will be missed!
December 03, 2010
Cubs games will never be the same without you Ronnie we will miss you rest in peace my friend
December 03, 2010
I write this for a Cub fan. While on her way to work she was listing to WGN and heard the announcement about her Ronnie
She called me to tell me (a Sox fan) about Ron. She cried her way to work, but like her hero she will be strong. I guess its time to frame #10's jersey. We mourn for all the Cub fans.
December 03, 2010
R.I.P. Ronnie you made it to the ultimate Hall of Fame Now.....
December 03, 2010
Been a CUB fan all my life, Ron was a real hero to me. He will be missed by many a CUB fan. My sympathies to his entire family.
December 03, 2010
RIP Ron and our thoughts and prayers to your family. I have fond memories as a little girl going to Wrigley Field. Fond memories of you attending our Night Train Fundraisers at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Wauconda IL. We were always excited knowing you were in the audience. Thank you for the memories. Love and God Bless you!! Kelley Marshall and Family
December 03, 2010
Condolenses to the Santo family. We already miss you.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo: an icon of what real baseball should be about. Sportsmanship, and allout effort for his team and his teammates. One of my fondest memories of Ron Santo is when a rookie( I think it was Adolfo Phillips) who had great potential, started to sulk and act very docile after making a critical error, Ron grabbed him by the scuff of the neck, got in his face and told him to snap out of it and get back to business, (in so many words). To me this was a lesson for everyone and certainly personified Ron Santo as a person and in his career and personal life. He certainly is an inspiration, and a role model regardless of one's walk in life. God rest Ron Santo.
December 03, 2010
In 2003, my 10 year old son Dan was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. We had tickets to a Cubs game and I emailed Ron's producer and asked if it might be possible for Dan to meet Ron. They invited us up to the booth and Ron spent several minutes with Dan asking him questions about his condition and about his little league play. We took pictures and Ron signed autographs. Ron was incredibly gracious (Pat Hughes was too). I suspect that this was a scene that was repeated hundreds if not thousands of times between Ron and young kids with diabetes. Even if he had never been a great baseball player (which he certainly was), Ron Santo would have been a great man. God bless him!
December 03, 2010
As a sportscaster Ron Santo was just fun to listen to, he had a great sense of humor. He was so good that even White Sox fans listened to Cub Broadcasts. Ron Santo and Pat Hughes will go down as one of the great duos in Chicago Sports Broadcasting history.
December 03, 2010
My memories are of WGN TV's baseball broadcasts during the fifties and sixties. We were in Wisconsin but channel 9 came in clear as a bell. I enjoyed Ron Santo's dedication as a ballplayer and his consistency in the field and as an RBI man. Sad day for all Cub fans.
December 03, 2010
A sad day for all fans of the Chicago Cubs. But Ron would not want us to grieve over his passing. He would want us to celebrate his life...which was a model life for us all. Go Cubs...long live Ron Santo !!!
December 03, 2010
As a young girl, I enjoyed many days at the ballpark with my dad, watching Ron Santo play baseball... Santo to Kessinger to Beckert to Banks! My love of baseball started with him and that team, and culminated when the Diamondbacks won the World Series with Mark Grace. But more important, I will remember the courage with which he faced adversity and the joy with which he lived life. As a happy part of my youth, Ron Santo will remain an inspiration as I age. Sincere condolences to his family and legions of friends. May he rest in peace, free of pain. The Hall of Fame may have forgotten him, but millions of people will not.
December 03, 2010
What a great man...he was a "star" who always remained humble. My family always admired him for his talents, his strength, his humor, his knowledge, and mostly, his soul.

Fondly, The Janac Family (Phoenix, AZ) and formerly of Glenview, Illinois
December 03, 2010
"Santo, to Beckert to Banks for the double play"...that's how my love affair with the Cubs began. Thanks Ron for always being a diehard Cub. We will miss you.
December 03, 2010
I grew up in Chicago and was at Wrigley Field the day Ron hit his 300th HR...that memory and Ron will always live on for me
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo,
You will forever be in the hearts of all Cubs fans young and old. I always looked forward to the radio broadcasts of you and Pat Hughes. You were such a joy to listen to. Rest in peace.
December 03, 2010
Sadly, a man who was an all-star on the diamond and off never got to the World Series or Baseball Hall of Fame. But gee, Ron, will you still put in a good word with the bossman up there in heaven? Surely you have converted him into a Cub fan by now. . .
December 03, 2010
All of the Orignal Left Field Bleacher Bums are very sad today. Ronnie you will be missed by all of us. God bless you.
December 03, 2010
RIP number 10. A great player and and an even greater human being. The memories will always bring a smile.
December 03, 2010
RIP Ron Santo, the greatest man to ever play the hot corner...there aren't many true heroes left these days so just for today, there is crying in baseball.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, I will miss your voice on WGN, you and Pat are the reason I became a Cubbie fan when I moved here. My sympathy to your family and to your fans.

A loyal Cub fan
December 03, 2010
I remember when I emailed Pat and Ron while they were broadcasting. I asked what a spitball was and why it was banned in the MLB. Ron answered my question on the air and I will always remember that memory. You will be missed Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
I remember reading where a fan had asked, "Who cussed most on the Cub team?" The answer was Leo Durocher when he was mad and Ron Santo when he was happy.
I always thought no one could take Harry's place, or that of Vince, Milo, Jack or Lou. Ronnie fit right in. Now he can watch his precious Cubs from the best seat in the house.
December 03, 2010
What a couageous man you were...to keep us all so entertained during the Cubs' games while struggling with so many health issues. Your passing will leave a huge void in the hearts of the whole nation - you touched so many lives. I'm sure you and Harry Carey are trading Cub stories in heaven. Rest in peace - the world was such a better place for having you in it! You will be greatly missed.
December 03, 2010
Mr. Santo, you did sooo much for JDRF and as a parent with a child that has type 1 diabetes, I greatly appreciate it. Rest in Peace.
December 03, 2010
A sad day for Cubs fans. A great baseball player and an even better man. Like many Ron was my boyhood hero during his playing days. A life well lived.
December 03, 2010
My Dad was a diehard - he took my twin brother and me to our first game at Wrigley when we were 8. - Ron's joy as a Cub player and fan was his catalyst for his giving to others. What a role model this man became for all of us.
December 03, 2010
The only thing better than watching the Cubs win, was listening to Ron watch the Cubs win. We will miss you!
December 03, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Santo Family He will be missed he was the greatest
December 03, 2010
You know Ronnie already has found God in Heaven and said to him,you are killing us down there! When are going to let them win the World series?! God Bless you Ronnie. You will be missed.
December 03, 2010
you will always be with us at every Cubs game, rest in peace Ron, you will be missed dearly
December 03, 2010
I never got to see you play but I listen to you and Pat on WGN 720 and a lot of times it was a million times better than listening to those jokers on TV. You still own the hot corner my friend and your flag will continue to fly on the foul pole at the friendly confines forever! Ron Santo A Perfect 10!
December 03, 2010
i've relished driving to CHI to see family every year, especially because some time after Iowa City i'd be joined by Ron and Pat calling Cubs games. i hope there's beer in heaven mate...you shall be missed by all - not just the Cubs faithful.
December 03, 2010
You've gotta believe that the wind will be blowing in at Wrigley whenever the other team's up to bat from now on.
December 03, 2010
Growing up in the Sixties, one of my most favorite memories is of the '69 season both good and bad. I would race home after school, turn on WGN and watch Ron and the team everyday. Ron will be sorely missed by us all, as he was the ultimate CUBS fan.

RIP Ron!!
December 03, 2010
I am NOT a Cubs fan. I am a White Sox fan. I appreciate the joy and hopefulness that Ron Santo shared with us. He is a Hall of Famer to me because he never embarassed the game. His life after baseball was a tribue to all in Chicago. Rest in peace.
December 03, 2010
i am sad to see ron santo pass away he was a great player and a great radio anouncer he deserved to be in the hall of fame he was a great man and cubs fans will miss him.
December 03, 2010
Ron was the ultimate professional and a great person both on and off the air. His life long battle is an inspiration for people of all ages and will forever be a Cubs legend. Ron, you will be missed.
December 03, 2010
I really couldn't watch many Cub games because of my work schedule so listening to them on the way to work or coming home will never be the same. Thanks Ron for all the great plays...........the great broadcasting...and all the time you have given to the cause of diabetes! You are in the Hall of Fame now buddy.
December 03, 2010
RIP Ron: your name was always in our house...my grandfather was a cubs until the end...I am sure he and my grandfather are haveing a good talk in heaven..a word to his family...sorry for your loose..he's in a better place now.
December 03, 2010
My favorite Ron Santo memory is from June 27/28, 1973. Santo homers in the bottom of the ninth at Wrigley to tie the game at 3-3. He does it again in the bottom of the 13th to tie the game at 4-4. Unforunately, he did not get to the plate in the bottom of the 18th and the Cubs lost 5-4. What a clutch hitter! God bless you Ron Santo.
December 03, 2010
You and Pete Rose were two of the greatest ball players ever and have been denied entry into the Hall of Fame while you were living. They are saving space for the likes of Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire and Bobby Bonds.
God Bless and you are in many fans "Hall of Fame".
December 03, 2010
Ron,

We will miss you. Your heart was wide-open and your spirit danced. There are few people these days who are willing to put themselves out there as honestly as you. Your laugh will still be with us. Our thoughts are with your family. RIP.
December 03, 2010
Being too young I never got to watch you but through your broadcasts and sincerity as a person I grew to love everything that you represented. Almost feels like I was watching the 69' Cubs minus the fact I wouldn’t be born for another 16 years. Not just baseball or the Cubs but the world lost a truly great man. RIP Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
December 2: a black day in Chicago sports. 25 years ago, the Bears lost to the Dolphins for their only defeat in their Super Bowl-winning season, and now my childhood hero passes on. I'd had a smaller version of the same picture you see here which Jeff Santo, serendipitously seated right in front of me at the 1990 All-Star workout day at Wrigley, got signed by his dad for me. I buried that pic with my mother in '96. A few years later, during a move, I found this larger picture which Ron graciously signed for my sister at Wrigley before a Cub game just a few years back. Best b-day present ever: A friend arranged to have Ron call and wish me "Happy Birthday" in '07. Thanks for everything, Ron. You will be missed, and you are, I hope, in a better place than the HOF, which doesn't deserve you.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo will be missed. I remember all the sunny days at the park and #10 at 3rd base. Condolences to the Santo family
December 03, 2010
To Ron's family, my deepest sympathy. He will be greatly missed, not just as a player/announcer, but as a man, a true hero to past and future players and diabetics alike.
December 03, 2010
A number of years ago Ron had a restaurant in Schaumburg, I believe. Kind of a family place that served roasted chicken, etc. My wife and I went there with our kids for dinner once or twice. On one occasion, Ron was there to greet the diners. He came over to our table to ask how everything was and he was very nice, as you'd expect. After just a few moments as we were stumbling to find a piece of paper for him to sign, someone called him over and he politely excused himself and said he'd return to give the autograph. I though that would be the last we saw of him as there were many tables to get to that day. But to my surprise, he came straight back to our table after his conversation and asked if we'd found something for him to sign yet. I have always been a Ron Santo fan. But never more than that day.

My deepest condolences to Ron's family on their loss. Ron was a treasure to the Cubs organization. He'll be greatly missed.
December 03, 2010
If I had a nickel for every wonderful afternoon/evening I spent listening to Ron calling the Cubs on WGN, I would be a millionaire. It just won't be the same . . . . .
December 03, 2010
My sympathy goes out to Mr. Santo's family. We thank Ron for all the fire and happiness he gave us as a player, a broadcaster and a man. Chicago has lost a favorite son.
December 03, 2010
I was shocked to hear this morning of ron santo's passing I'm going to sure miss his calls on the radio so in honor GEE WHIZ
December 03, 2010
You were the face of the Cubs when I was in little league in 1969. I went to grade school with your son in Glenview, and remember what a nice kid he was. Thanks so much for raising awareness of Type One Diabetes. My daughter, brother, and niece all have this devastating disease.
Your legacy will not be forgotten. RIP RON
December 03, 2010
What a sad day, I met him once, what a nice guy. Games won't sound the same. R.I.P.
December 03, 2010
We cub fans have lost a great ambassador as a cub advocate and I will certainly miss listening to him along side Pat Hughes in the cubs booth. Whenever the cubs were not televised on WGN I would listen on the radio to the telecast on a michigan beach 200 miles north of Chicago.AM radio signals can easily travel that far over open waters. But, I loved Ron's palpable love for the cubs. He was'nt a happy camper if the cubs were losing or leaving men on base! I will miss his enthusiasm but I am cognizant that he must have been in alot discomfort for a long time with battling diabetes.Rest in peace Ron. You've got my vote for Hall of fame bro.
December 03, 2010
I was just a kid in 1969. I had never been interested in baseball. But the Cubs' great season coincided with my finally being old enough to enjoy the game, and I fell in love with the Cubs and Ron Santo. He was my favorite player for as long as he was playing. He always played the game hard and cared about it; sometimes seemed to care too much. Ron, you will be missed!
December 03, 2010
As a kid growing up in the 60's in Chicago and a Cubs fan -- "it was the best of time and the worst of times". The summer of '69 was one that a child baseball fan dreams of. September was the worst nightmare. But those Cubs - wow - they were so much larger than life. Ronnie remained that way and always will. #10. His voice will long linger as a part of my summer memories.

To the Santo's -- thank you for sharing such a treasure with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ronnie-- Thank you for the wonderful memories. God Bless and godspeed.
December 03, 2010
You gave Cubs fans worldwide great joy. The world is a little less bright now.
December 03, 2010
belong in the hall of fame ron you were one of the best
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was a true hero! I can't imagine listening to the games without him. He is at peace in his heavenly Hall of Fame. We are all grieving for the loss of Number 10.
December 03, 2010
I'll never forgot how you gave a group of 12 yrs baseballs signed by the whole team in the early 70s after we collected money for Diabetes Day. Thank goodness I still have mine. You'll be greatly missed!!
December 03, 2010
I grew up in Park Ridge where Ron lived and had his Pizza shop for awhile. When I was 12 years old, he came to our Little LEague Opening Day ceremony @Hinckley Field to throw out the first pitch. He also handed out autographed pictures of himself to the kid on each team who had sold the most decals door-to-door that would help support boy's baseball in our town. Fortunately, I sold the most on our team so I got to meet Ron and still have that photo to this day and I'm 56 years old. I also received an autograph baseball from him that day which I still have as well.

I played some third base and wore number 10 and my first baseball glove was a Wilson Ron Santo model. I loved him as a kid and that love just grew thru the years as I realized who this man was and what he endured to get where he wanted to be. He was a true role model.

When things have been difficult for me, I have used his story of perseverence to get me thru those times and to make me realize that my troubles are nothing like he has had to deal with.

Besides being the GREATEST CUB FAN EVER, he was and will always be a GREAT INSPIRATIONAL FIGURE for each and every one of us. God Bless You, Ron. Thanks for sharing your life and talents with me and the city of Chicago if not the world, is a MUCH better place having you be a part of it.
December 03, 2010
I grew up in Chicago in the 60's when the Cubs of Ernie, Ron, Billy, and Fergie were coming of age. Ron would go out there every day, wearing his heart on his sleeve. Little did we know then how he was suffering from diabetes.
I remember in the late 60s a grand slam HR Ron hit in the bottom of the 9th to win a game 4-1. It wasn't until many years later that I read a story about Ron's diabetes and he mentioned how he nearly blacked out rounding the bases after the slam. He was truly an inspiration. And that characteristic carried over into his broadcasting career. I've been away from Chicago for 37 years but I listened to Ron and Pat anytime I could. The enthusiasm Ron brought could not, cannot, and will not be duplicated. Whoever replaces him in the booth will have very large shoes to fill.

Rest in peace, Ron. May your memory be for a blessing. Cooperstown, are you listening, even tho it's a bit late?
December 03, 2010
Rest in peace Ron. Glad you are free of pain and this ole earthly flesh! Tell Harry hello. I'm going to miss you bud.
December 03, 2010
My whole life I was a Cubs fan in name only. When I met my now husband - a die hard, never miss a game Cubs fan - I began to take a real interest. Ron Santo was a big part of that. I loved to listen on the radio and even found myself listening in the car or at home by myself. He brought the joy to baseball for me and I will miss his hilariously unmatched commentary. His amazing spirit was evident in everything he did and he will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
GOOD BYE #10 YOU WILL BE MISSED.
December 03, 2010
After I watched "This Old Cub", I realized that Ron Santo is someone who IS a true hero. I admired him for his positive attitude, and will miss listening to his commentary during the games, especially the bad ones. He kept me company during the summer afternoon work hours. Ron will be remembered by all of his fans.
December 03, 2010
I have been a baseball fan for more than 60 years and there is none better than Ron Santo for his skill and enthusiasm. Shame on the Hall of Fame for not recognizing what he has given to the game.
December 03, 2010
Played my Cub cd on the way to work this am. Listened to Go Cubs Go in Ron's honor. The Cub ornament will hang high this year on my xmas tree. God Bless you Ron, it won't be the same ever again on the radio. Thanks for your humor, your insight to the game and for being the greatest Cub fan.
December 03, 2010
Pat Hughes said it right he is the biggest cub fan ever. I grew up watching him play. But i appreciated him more on radio with Pat. They always made me laugh through all the seasons good and bad. He'll always be a hall of famer in my mind. Will miss you Ronnie. Maybe you can talk to the big guy about a World Series for our Cubbies. God Bless you Ronnie. You were the best.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was and will always be remembered as the consummate Cub--as a player, broadcaster and fan. My now 19 year old son always thought highly of Ron so much so that at the age of 10 or 11 instead of getting a "current star's" jeresy he asked for a Santo jersey instead. On opening day one year, after the game, my two boys ran out to where the players leave seeking autographs. A number of the then current players chose to ignore the fans' cheers and requests but not Ron. When Ron saw my son waving his #10 jersey he graciously came over, took the jersey, and placed it on his driver's back so he could sign it neatly. My son was in awe then and to this day still treasures that jersey! That simple act proceeded to make a life long memory for a young cub fan and epitomizes the energy,attitude and beauty of Ron Santo toward both the game and its fans. Thanks for the memories Ron. God Bless your family in this hour of sadness.

Mike Kraft, Naperville, Ilinois
December 03, 2010
I can fondly recall several childhood heroes growing up, and Ron Santo was certainly one of them. The difference with Ron is that he never faded away like the others, but continued to elevate in stature because he was the real deal to his core. He continually fought through such adversity and suffering, yet always brightened the lives of everyone he touched. His baseball talents deservedly belong in the HOF, but frankly the man himself rises far above that group. God bless Ron Santo.
December 03, 2010
Growing up on the north side on occasion my mom would take me to a Cubs game times I cherish. As I got older that fervor continued and, although I don't totally remember how, I got an autographed picture of Mr. Santo something I will cherish with equal fervor.
December 03, 2010
We love you Ron Santo! I recall moving to Elmhurst, Il in second grade. My brother Ron & I fell in love with the Cubs! Ron Santo was a big part of the Cubs in 1967 Success! I saw as child Ron give at Lake Geneva at The Jr. Diabetes Camp next door and would drive in 007 Speed Boat to greet the children! He played with Williams , Banks, Jenkins, Hundley, Beckert, Kessinger and others! Those are precious days we even watched the rain delays at met several Cubs at Arbys in Elmhurst! I will be praying for your family! My son Andrew has learned alot about Courage from you! He will miss you! Courage To Win-Eloquent Books-Andrews story!
December 03, 2010
Ron is one of the few people who, while I never met him personally, has affected my life more than I would have thought possible. I am truly saddened by his loss. God Bless, my friend. You were one of the good ones, and heaven is a far better place today. May the sun always shine, the wind blow out to left, and the Cubs win the World Series every year in your final resting place. Simply put, you deserve nothing less.
December 03, 2010
VERY SAD DAY HERE IN CHICAGO W/THE PASSING OF RON SANTO. So deserving of the Hall of Fame, & a true Champion for Juvenile Diabetes. I have many fond memories of afternoon Cubs games w/my Dad & brothers when Santo, Banks, Williams, Beckert, Hundley played & how my brothers LOVED RON SANTO PIZZA available only at Wrigley then. Ron deserves a bronze statue outside of Wrigley. My condolences to his family, teammates and his friends in the broadcast booth.
December 03, 2010
After a tough Cubs loss on a day you struck out 3 times against Knuckleballer Ken Johnson of the Braves, I asked you for your autograph outside of Wrigley. You mentioned how Knuckleball pitchers always gave you so much trouble. I responded with "That's okay! "You'll get em tomorrow, Ron!" Your reply? "Not likely, Kid...Tomorrow we have to face Phil Niekro (Hall of Fame Knuckleball pitcher)!

You were the Cubs best ever Third Baseman & the Cubs greatest fan! You will be missed by millions of us diehard fans!
December 03, 2010
I have always been a Chicago Cub Fan even though I moved too Florida 3 yrs ago.
Words cannot express the sadness my family is feeling for Chicago's loss.
What a great man and a wonderful human being.

Its a shame he never made it into the Hall of Fame while he was alive. Now he may be honored in his death.
I will miss his colorful commenteray about the game as he lived and died by broadcasting.

Rest in Peace Ron!!!!
THe Storeys-Florida
December 03, 2010
May God Bless you and your family. You were one of the best of your time and an even greater human being.
December 03, 2010
I was hoping to my have 2 year old and 4 year old meet Ron this January at the Cubs Convention. He is a good role-model for perseverance and fortitude.
December 03, 2010
Ron was selfless, never said a bad word about anyone, could laugh at himself, and never complained about his adversities. One of the few athletes we could really, truly look up to, and hope that our kids emulate. Bless you Ron - you brought so much joy!!! I will miss listening to you and laughing with you.
December 03, 2010
Ron was a true insperation to all people with diabetes by proving every day that despite the disease one can have a life and achieve graet things.
We was also a great person so much that unlike other athlete's who sell there autographs if you asked Ron for his he would say sure as long it was during the game.
December 03, 2010
Very sad to hear Ronnie past away. I will miss him. It will not be the same not to hear Ronnie boardcast the games. I would turn the sound off on the tv and listen to Ronnie and Pat. Sad day for Cubs fans all over the world. RIP Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
Tough one to swallow...... Ron was my boyhood hero during his playing days with the Cubs. I listens to Pat and Ron broadcasting Cubs games while driving and always admire his expertise in baseball. He will be sadly missed by us Cubs fans. I m even more sad that he did not get the Hall of Fame while he was around. We all know he deserves it. Hats off to you Ronnie....... You will always be the best in the hot corner.
December 03, 2010
A great man has been lost, but he will never be forgotten! Rest in peace Ron!
December 03, 2010
RIP Ron! You will be missed greatly by this Sox Fan. Sympathies to the Family and the entire Cub Organization.
December 03, 2010
#10 you were my hero growing up. I played third base and wanted to be like Santo. As an adult, I have come to respect and admire your work ethic and your enthusiasm. I shed a tear this morning when I heard the news, but then took comfort in knowing that you really did make it to the hall of fame (the one that counts the most).
December 03, 2010
Mr. Ron Santo, was and will always be an inspiration to all of the fans who suffered along with him, as we watched TV, but listened to Ron and Pat. Thanks Ron, for showing us what Cubby Blue really means. God Bless Your family, You are all in our prayers.
December 03, 2010
Listening to a Cubs game will never be the same!! We love you Ron!! Rest in Peace
December 03, 2010
On behalf of my family and especially my son, Mike, who is diabetic, thank you, Mr. Santo, for being such an inspiration. For living your life with joy for all you had and not sorrow for all you endured and lost. Thank you for always reassuring the children that have been diagnosed in recent years that they have great care now and if they use the tools available to them, they won't suffer the complications that you did. You lived your life filled with joy and love and I know that you're up in heaven now, clicking your heels and playing baseball with all the other greats that went before you! Rest in peace
December 03, 2010
I remember meeting Ron 11 or 12 years ago at a Cub Caravan event in Joliet, Il. They presented an autographed Ron Santo glove in an open auction. The glove ended up going for about $300 to $400, the winning bidder was Ron himself. He had all the kids in attendance stand and guess a secret number. A young girl was the winner and received the glove. Ron may have been a great ball player, but he was an even greater person.
December 03, 2010
Ron, you may have not gone to the baseball hall of fame in life but I'm sure you've reached the more important Hall in Heaven. Rest in peace.
December 03, 2010
You will be so missed and so fondly remembered!

My husband and I would watch the games on TV with no sound on and listen to Ron on the radio. His comments and reactions would often make us laugh and the games will certainly never be the same without him. We admired him as a professional but more importantly, you can tell he was a compassionate and loving person in his everyday life.

Your many friends and family are in our thoughts and prayers.

May you rest in peace but have fun playing baseball in heaven!
December 03, 2010
I feel like I just lost a very dear friend..Ronnie was so very special to all of us and we shall miss him forever..The radio broadcasts won't be the same without him. Thanks for all the wonderful memories Ronnie, Whether it was watching you on the field or listening to you from the broadcast booth, you were the best...RIP
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was one of the finest players & person to ever step to the plate; he was the best ole Cub of them all. Baseball couldn't ask for a better ambassador; what a prince. Without him in it, the Hall of Fame is a farce & doesn't exist for me. Will miss him terribly and I'm a Cardinal & Sox fan!
December 03, 2010
Even though I am a lifelong Cardinal fan, I always enjoyed watching Ron Santo play. He always gave the game 100% effort. He was a great baseball player, who belongs in the hall of fame. I cannot understand why a player who was a 9 time all-star and 5 time gold glove winner is not good enough for the hall. He hit over 300 4 times and led the league in on base percentage in 1964 and walks in 1966. He did all of this while fighting diabetes since being diagnosed as an 18 yearold. I will never forget how Santo used to jump up in the air and click his heels. He was a great player, a great announcer and a very wonderful and generous person. I have never seen anyone who was more loyal to their team and organization than the love that Ron Santo always displayed for the Cubs. Lets get "Ronnie" into the hall of fame!
December 03, 2010
This morning I shed tears as if a member of my own family had passed. But Ron Santo did belong to all of us Cubs fans. I loved watching him as a player when I spent many summer days in the Wrigley field bleachers,and I enjoyed listening to him broadcast the games because he reacted as a true fan would react. What an inspiration he has been to all to maintain a positive outlook throughout his life. RIP, Ron. We will remember you always!
December 03, 2010
God Bless Ron Santo & his family.

I can remember the 1969 Cubs with Ron Santo along with Kessinger, Beckert, Williams, Banks, Hundley, Hickman & more. That team and others that followed gave myself and other fans alot of enjoyment.

I believe that Ron Santo belongs in the Hall of Fame & he will always be remembered as of of the true great Chicago Cubs.

I live every day with Diabetes & Ron is one of my true mentors. His attitude gave me the motivation to get more active. I now have just completed my 6th marathon and dozens of half marathons & more yet to come.

Thanks Ron........
December 03, 2010
Ron I will miss you. You were my strength when I was diagnosed with diabetes and later had double bypass. you fought the fight of a warrior but you were best friends with many fans all over the world. In 1969 in Vietnam you would have loved the rivalry the Chicago and NY guys had. I will miss you and in the words of Spike I Love You Man. Ed & Carla Bickel
December 03, 2010
Thank you, Ron, for being "one of us" in the booth, for helping "us" realize that our emotions mattered, our love for the Cubs was real and shared, and that we had a baseball soul mate.
December 03, 2010
Condolences from all of Cardinal Nation to our Cub brothers and sisters on the loss of one of the greatest Cubbies of all time.
December 03, 2010
1969, 7 yrs old and my first Cubs game at Wrigley was Holtzman's no-hiiter. Remember Santo hitting a home run with the wind blowing in. God Bless Ron Santo.
December 03, 2010
Ron, I saw you play from 1960 on, you were an inspiration to all that loved baseball and you will always be the greatest Cubs fan in the world.
December 03, 2010
I had the pleasure to meet Ron on a couple of occasions. Once was after a Cubs Game at Bernies, when he sidled up to our table like any other guy from the neighborhood who wanted to talk about the game. The most recent time I saw him was at the JDRF Walk in Lisle this past Fall. He was exceptionally kind to my daughter, Meredith, who has diabetes and has adopted Ron as her personal hero. I will never forget the smile on her face when he shook her hand. Thanks, Ron, for all the memories and the positive contribution you made to the world and all of our lives. You will be sorely missed, and never forgotten, friend.
December 03, 2010
I've been a Cub fan for 62 years and I saw my first game at Wrigley Field in 1951. My mother's uncle lived in Meza during the late 50's and was able to get an autographed baseball from Ron that contained many signatures of team members at that time including Ernie Banks, coach Rogers Hornsby, Tony Taylor, Dale Long, Glen Hobbie, Chuck Tanner... . What a thrill to get this ball in the mail.

This is just one example of how Ron reached out to others in his lifetime. His life meant so much to many others. His spirit and compassion will be remembered. I so wished the Cubs would have gone to the World series during Ron's lifetime. Maybe 2011 will be "the year" for Cub fans. May the flag of Number 10 continue to fly at Wrigley.
December 03, 2010
Not many wear their passions on their sleeves like Ronnie did. Diabetes did nothing to extinguish his love for the game or the Cubs, it only took a great man from us too early. I won't miss feeling his pain from Cubbie miscues, but will forever miss the joy I felt as I listened to Ron cheer for the team. Thanks Ron. Say hi to my mom!
December 03, 2010
No finer man has walked the halls of baseball. The Cubs have lost their #1 fan...it's a very sad day.
December 03, 2010
I grew up an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, but I always loved Ron Santo. I loved to watch him play, and once I got his autograph. What a thrill! He was always one of the game's greatest ambassadors, a true credit to one of america's favorite past times. His passing creates a hole in Baseball that can never be filled. May you rest in peace, Ron. And welcome to the greatest Hall of Fame of all! Richard, Memphis, TN.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, there was and will never be a greater Cub or Cub fan.
December 03, 2010
I am so blessed to have had the pleasure to interact with him,he is forever a legend and am so grateful to have met him in person...Lisa L,nurse
December 03, 2010
My deepest sympathy to Ron Santo's family and close friends. May you find strength in knowing that he was a beloved hero to so many of us Cubs fans. We are grieving too. I remember watching him play when I was young and was always impressed by his talent and skill (HOF has missed a beat!), his enthusiasm, and love of the game and the Cubs. He was a great player
... a great team player. My mother was also a juvenile diabetic and Ron was her hero. When you think about the courage he showed by playing baseball and dealing with diabetes, her hero worship is understandable. He continued to show us that courage, integrity, and determination thoughout his life. When I was older, my sisters, mom, and I were thrilled to meet and talk with Ron. What a gracious man! He further touched our hearts on the air. These are all memories that will stay with us forever. We are all lucky that he gave so much of himself. My prayers for peace to his family.
December 03, 2010
What an incredible man, life & career. You will be truly missed Ron Santo. All of Wrigleyville and fans around the world has a tear in their eyes today. RIP #10. You will always be one of my heros.
December 03, 2010
This is part of a letter that I sent to Ron Santo after my father passed away. Dad had taken us to many Cub games, and we always sat on the third base side to watch our hero Ron Santo. I was lucky to meet Ron at the last Cubs home game in September. I was awe-struck at meeting him, and will always treasure this picture and his autograph. Letter to Santo: Sunday night my brother called me from Colorado, and we reminisced about our Cubbie days. I asked him if he had watched the retiring of your jersey and relayed to him the emotion of that special day. He reminded me that we were in attendance on August 28, 1972, when they had Ron Santo Day Recognition Day. Even though we loved you at that point in time, little did we know the impact that you would have on the Cub organization. That was only the beginning. The commemorative button still hangs in my brother’s bedroom.

We love you, Ron Santo. You have so much courage and passion for life. When I think of all my problems, they seem insignificant in light of what you have faced, yet you have done all of it with dignity and class. You have taught all of us how to act in the fact of adversity (unless it is a Cub loss), and I thank you for your strength of character and your passion for life. God Bless you, Ron Santo, and God be with you. Our hearts are full of love for you and prayers to keep you safely with us.
December 03, 2010
We have a picture of Ron with his arm around our 5-yr old son taken by 3rd base at Wrigley. (our son is 42 now) For the last couple of years we tried to get him to sign the picture, but always just missed Ron or couldn't get to him or didn't have the picture with us! However, a couple of years ago at a Milwaukee Brewers game, fans were yelling up to the broadcast booth to throw out some autographs. My husband tossed his Wrigley Field baseball hat into the booth, and Ron signed it along with Pat and Chip. But they told him to never do that again (like he was a kid, he was 70!) Baseball fans stay forever young especially Cubs fans. Ron was the best! We're happy he got to see the beautiful tribute documentary his son made for him a few years ago.
December 03, 2010
Through so many years, when the name Ron Santo came up, it represented then, and now, many of my Wrigley Field memories - Most importantly, he set a wonderful example for kids - in the way he lived his life, always with such a positive outlook. He was a role model.
December 03, 2010
What a fine example of a human being. He was a great baseball player, an amazing person, and an inspiration to us all. He had such enthusiasm for his beloved Cubbies. I wish they could have won the World Series for him. He definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame. It's too bad he didn't get in before he left. We are all going to miss him so much!!
December 03, 2010
Ron was my favorite Cub growing up. In fact when he went to the White Sox in 1974 I became a Sox fan...not an easy thing to do for a kid who loved the Cubs. As an adult I took great pleasure listening to Ron do baseball with Pat on WGN radio. The absolute joy he brought to the ballpark everyday was wonderful to listen to. He even converted my wife into a baseball fan! I will miss him. RIP Ronnie and rest assured that when you do get into the Hall of Fame I will be there to celebrate your life.
December 03, 2010
This Old Cub is young again.

We'll never forget you Ron Santo.

Run In Peace!
December 03, 2010
I grew up with the Cubs and Ron Santo in the 60's and 70's, and after moving to Las Vegas 15 years ago, was lucky to be able to listen to Pat and Ron doing the Cubs broadcasts. Ron wore his heart on his sleeve, and was never afraid to show his love for the Cubs in the booth. God bless him and his family, and he will be truly missed by all Cubs fans!
December 03, 2010
Every summer my Aunt Mary would take us to wrigley and we always had to sit on "Ronnie's side". My aunt loved Santo more than any other Cub. I will miss Ron's voice on WGN. We all lived with Ron when he was upset or happy. God bless his family, friends and fans.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo you are my hero. May you rest in peace
December 03, 2010
God bless you Ronnie!! You will forever be in my heart!! You will always be a Hall of Famer to me!!!
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was one class act on the ball field and off the field. It was 37 years ago when Ron visited "a diabetic camp" in WI for 7 - 13 year olds which our daughter, then 13, was attending for 3 weeks. His physical visit, full of words of wisdom, left a great impact on all the diabetic children along with their diabetic counselors. We parents and our now adult children have been honored to follow Ron's career and felt so sad during his illnesses. God bless Ron and his family.
December 03, 2010
I've been having a difficult time holding back the tears after hearing of Ron Santo's passing. Is there a possiblity of a CD of some of Pat & Ron's shows, comments similiar to the Bob Collins CD?
Marcia
Highland Park
December 03, 2010
To A Cub Fan Ron Santo was a Hall of Famer. He will be missed by all of us
who are "This Old Cub" fans and wear his
number #10 proudly
December 03, 2010
Ron, you were my "Radio Grandpa", you taught me everything I know about baseball since I started listening in 1998. You will be missed. RIP.
December 03, 2010
I started going to Cub games when I was 15 years old. Back in those days all the girls had a favorite Cub and mine was Ron. I think it was more of a crush, lol. He was always there to sign an autograph or pose for a picture. One summer my friends and I attended 50 games! I have an album full of pictures of the Greatest Cub and 3rd baseman. You are in our hearts Ron...See ya later
December 03, 2010
When I think of Ron, I think of how passionate he was about our Cubbies. When they'd get ahead in a game his excitement was contagious and the same for when they'd lose and you could hear the sadness. He was one of us. I just wish he would have seen the Cubs make it to the Series...but he'll see it one day. Maybe he'll be our "angel in the outfield."
December 03, 2010
Back in the 1960's
my friends and I frequently visited Wrigley (being 13 not much else to do)
to get autographs.we would hang around about 10:00am by the players gate.
A couple of times we got up the courage.
"Hey Ronnie can you get us in the Game ?? And sure enough Ron would tell the usher These guys are with me "
How about that.

Love ya Ronnie 40 years
Rest In Peace
December 03, 2010
We were in Mesa for Spring Training a few years back and as we pulled into the parking lot, a man was crossing the street to enter the ballpark. We slowed, he waved and as he stepped up to the sidewalk and in through the door, I said to my husband - That was Ron Santo! You would never have known he was crossing on two prosthetic legs. I told my three young sons in the back of the car that they had just witnessed a man of tremendous grace, dignity and uncommon courage cross their path and we were all the better for his presence. While in the park at the game we took a ball up and Ron signed it with his usual big smile and graciousness. it has been a treasured possession ever since and will continue to be. Ron, you will live on in our hearts and our actions as we try to emulate your generosity, grace and good nature in our own lives.
Thank you for everything and God Bless.
December 03, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the Santo family during this difficult time. Ron has been a part of my life for over 50 years. He taught all of us how to handle whatever life throws at us with elegance, grace and a sense of humor. He brought so much laughter in to my life and I feel like I lost a member of my family.
December 03, 2010
The cubs will never be the same without you there cheering them on.
December 03, 2010
We will miss you, Ronnie. You are truly the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs. RIP.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was a great baseball player and a better human being. He never let his difficulties interfere with his dream of being a great player. In his later life, he inspired thousands with his charity work for JDRF and entertained millions with his broadcasts. I met Ron Santo once, but everyone felt like they knew him. RIP No. 10. This Old Cub has gone home.
December 03, 2010
It has been a teary eyed morning here in Montana. The only reason I have XM radio is to listen to Ron Santo broadcast the Cub's Games. He was a better offensive player than Brook Robinson and better defensively than Mike Schmidt. Tell me why he isn't in the Hall Of Fame? Ron, say hi to Harry!

A fan of "This Old Cub".
December 03, 2010
Simply, Thank You. For your heart, your soul, the energy and commitment you brought to the field. You are simply one of a kind. God Bless you and your family and all those you have touched over the years. Be at Peace.
December 03, 2010
I loved Ron as a player, and loved him even more as a broadcaster. He was the heart and soul of that team. He will be deeply missed. I hope he knew how much he meant to Cubs fans. I called my dad this morning and talked about how sad this was. Cubs baseball bonded my dad and I so much. Ron was part of that. I will never forget him.
December 03, 2010
I WAS ALWAYS A SANTO FAN THE WAY ACTED ON AND OFF THE FIELD WAS GREAT THIS PLAYER RON SHOULD BE IN THE HALL OF FAME , I AM SO SORRY FOR THE FAMILIES LOST MAY GOD WATCH OVER YOU IN THIS TIME OF SORROW

DAVID DUGGINS SR RENO NEVADA
December 03, 2010
Summers in Chicago will never be the same... we will miss you!
December 03, 2010
Here are my thoughts on Ronnie: http://brianwilliamsen.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/so-long-ron/

Rest In Peace. You will be missed!
December 03, 2010
Ron was made of the same stuff all hero's are..Grace Dignity and Humility.
It can truly be said Ron
Fought the good fight, stayed the course and kept the faith. (II Tim 4:7) Condolences to the family. I'll be watching "This Old Cub" sometime today.
December 03, 2010
Rest in peace, Ronnie. Thanks for all the memories. I will forever be thankful for you coming to North Riverside Boy's Baseball back in the early '60s to give us all a thrill,and I will always remember my first time in a Wrigley box seat at Ken Holtzman's no-hitter and you airborne clicking your heels after Hank Aaron grounded out to Glen Beckert. Thank you a million times over.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, we will miss you but you will beforever in ou hearts.
December 03, 2010
My heart is truly broken to know that we lost our beloved #10, without him ever being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. We all know he should have made it in on the first vote! This is truly a very sad day in the lives of all Cubs fans throughout the world, but espically for us who had the honor of heading down to Wrigley Field as kid to watch him play. RIP Ronnie and thanks for all the memories!
December 03, 2010
Sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a great player and person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
December 03, 2010
Kessinger,Beckert,Williams,SANTO,Banks,Hundley,Hickman,Young and Jenkins. Need I say more. Ronnie is now in the HOF...rest in peace. I will miss you.
John
December 03, 2010
He may have played for the Cubs but he was also their #1 fan...he will be missed.
December 03, 2010
Will always remember weekends on our deck drinking Buds and listening to Ron and Pat. He's with Harry now. This Bud's for youse guys.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo-Thank You so much for being the voice of the true cub fan, and may you play baseball again Heaven's version of Wrigley Field-I know you they have spot for you among the all time cubs-say hi for us Ronnie. My thoughts and prayers to his wonderful family and his best friend and radio partner Pat Hughes. Also to WGN-I know you will miss him forever.
December 03, 2010
We'll miss you Ron. You are up in the BIG Hall of Fame now.
December 03, 2010
Very definitely.
December 03, 2010
The world of baseball, Cub fans, and I will miss Mr. Cub dearly. So long Ronnie. Johnny Matthews, Columbia, SC
December 03, 2010
god bless you Ron Santo. I guess your life was just too full of accomplishment for even Cooperstown to embrace. May you be welcomed to the only hall of fame that matters.

Thank you for showing me what it means.
December 03, 2010
Ronny, You will live forever in our hearts. You are a hero to all cub fans.
When I think of spring I think of the Cubs Pat and Ron. They are our friends and family all summer long. Things will just not be the same with out the sound of Rons voice. Ron is the #1 Cub Fan. God Bless Ron Santo....God Bless The Cub Fans......and God Bless the Cubs. You will be missed Ronny!!!!

Cub Fans Fly Your Cub Flags High In Memory Of Ron Santo.

We Love You Ronny !!!
December 03, 2010
While we think of Ron today, I also will remember how great Ron was with Pat Hughes in the booth. (At this time, Ron had had both legs removed.) One day at the ballpark, Pat mentioned how cool it was. Ron replied that one good thing is that his toes were no longer cold on days like this. After a pause, Pat replied, "Ron, I hope you never lose that positive outlook." Pure class! Ron, you will be missed!!
December 03, 2010
His passion for the cubs and life was second to none. One of the greatest cubs ever.
December 03, 2010
I always admired Ron for his good sportsmanship on and off the field. Forget that he was a really good player what was the most important was that he was a good and honest person.
December 03, 2010
I was 11 years old in 1967 and the resurgence of the Cubs coincided with the beginning of my interest in baseball, and Ron Santo was always my favorite player. Living in Rockford, a highlight of my year was always when Ron would come out to visit his Pizzeria, sign autographs, and take pictures with fans like myself. Ron will be greatly missed.
December 03, 2010
I saw my first game at Wrigley Field as an eleven year old in 1969.I watched wide eyed as my favorite player,Ron Santo took the field.It was something I'll never forget.R.I.P. Ronny,we love you.
December 03, 2010
I will always remember listening to Ron on the radio as a young boy. He always made time for all of his fans. We will miss you Ron! You are the greatest Cub of all!!
December 03, 2010
I went through the drive through at the bank this morning, the driver next to me had a Ron Santo jersey on, no coat, just showing the jersey! I think that says it all.
December 03, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Santo Family. Yes he is the greatest CUB FAN. To hear his voice is the game itself! Now you have a good seat to watch all the games. Rest in peace Cubbie.
December 03, 2010
Such a great guy. Ron will be missed.
December 03, 2010
I was 7 years old in 1963 when I learned that like me, Ron Santo had diabetes. He truly became a hero to me. He made being a diabetic and dealing with all of its adversities almost easy. Thank you Ron.
December 03, 2010
I grew up living two blocks from Wrigley field and watching ronnie play hard day in day out. He would stand in the parking lot signing autographs for hours so that everyone could have it. Many of the current players could learn much from him in how the game should be played. You play for the love of the game, the fans, and your city. And you play it without cheating. Not only for the money. I love you Ronnie and we will miss you! Thanks for playing hard!!!
December 03, 2010
I had the good fortune to meet Ron just a few months ago at Wrigley. What a great guy! Full of enthusiasm and happy to shake hands and share a moment.We'll miss "Number 10".There never will be another like him!
December 03, 2010
I remember all the great memories growing up that I shared with my late father-watching the Cubs, especially Ron Santo, and later enjoying Ron's commentary on the radio. I will miss those, "Oh, MANNNNNN" comments. May God bless him and is family. We thank Ron for all the wonderful memories. I personally thank him for his inspiration as a person LIVING with diabetes.
December 03, 2010
To the family of Ron Santo,
We sorry that ron pass away. he was a good baseball playerand good broadcast for the cub and on WGN. Hewill be miss and may the good Lord be with him. God Bless him and his family alway.

Love,
Debra and Michael Morrison
December 03, 2010
RIP Ron. You were a class act both on and off the field. You are a Hall of Famer in my book. You will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers to the Santo family.
December 03, 2010
I grew up watching Ron play his corner at 3rd base.....he was a professional both on and off the field ....his commentary of the game will be missed by all!!.....
December 03, 2010
I'm sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was probably the best 3rd baseman the Cubs had, in my lifetime, at least. I'm grateful for the memories I have of him, not only of his stellar play, but also of his spirit! RIP
December 03, 2010
I'll miss Ron Santo.
December 03, 2010
We'll miss ya #10! RIP
December 03, 2010
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
December 03, 2010
I met Ron Santo a few years ago while waiting to take my Uncle down in the elevator after Cubs win. We rode down togehter, Ron was so nice, he took a picture with my Uncle and we just then chatted with us about the game. I also had the good fortune to be at the game where they retired his number. We love you Ron! Thanks for all you've done to support the Cubs and more importantly all the recoginition you brought to Juvenile Diabetes Research.
December 03, 2010
Ron was such a wonderful person and #1 Cub fan. My husband and I grew up with the 1969 Cubs, and Ronnie made things happen with the team. It's a shame that he never made it into the HOF, but we know he's in the ultimate HOF now! Ron, we'll miss you for your wise and colorful words about our Cubbies. May you rest in peace.
December 03, 2010
When I moved to Rockford several years ago from out west, it was Ron Santo's voice on the Cub's broadcast that made me fall in love with baseball again. He was a fan first and broadcaster second. He made more Cubs fans out of non-believers than you can only imagine.
He will truly be missed a Cubs fan and an all around Great Guy. Godspeed Ron and say Hi to all the other All Stars up there.
December 03, 2010
Ron, you will forever be the voice of the Cubs radio in Chicago. Thanks for the great years on the field and in the box. Our prayers go out to all of the Santo family. God Bless.
December 03, 2010
He was the only voice that I loved to hear during a game!I would mute the TV and listen to him on the radio when I could! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed! The cubs game will never be the same without him! Love you Ron! You will be our Angel in the Field!
December 03, 2010
The news of Ron's passing is SO sad. I'm listening to the guys talking to Pat on the radio right now, reminiscing, telling stories and laughing, and I think that is the way I will remember him. He also
showed great kindness to my elderly parents when they would go to his restaurant in Schaumburg, and he signed a baseball card for my Mom, which she had on the refrigerator with her grandkid's pictures! It's now one of my prized possessions. Thank you, Ron Santo, for everything.
December 03, 2010
What a gem! I am so glad I listened to every possible game on WGN Radio.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, Cubs game will never be the same!! You never forgot your beloved Cubs or your fans. Loved listening to you.
You rose above your health problems and always gave us your best side. We will miss you SO much. God Bless your family, we are praying for you all.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was really more than just a Cubs fan and a broadcaster...he shared his medical problems with the world and by doing so, helped a lot of people and children with Juvenile Diabetes. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.
December 03, 2010
I was in Chicago on July 1st, 2005 when my former roommate and friend, Bill Holden completed his 2100 mile walk from Camp Verde, AZ to Chicago to raise $250,000 for juvenile diabetes. He had tears in his eyes as he shook Ronnie's hand out by 2nd base. I remember the day at breakfast when he told me about the plan, and he said, "I've gotta do this for Ronnie." Well, Bill, you did it! And, I gotta say, you did it for a helluva man.
December 03, 2010
I met Ron several times and he was an absolutely great person. I loved listening to Cubs radio broadcasts and they will never be the same. RIP Ron, you will be missed.
December 03, 2010
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Ron Santo. He was an awesome 3rd baseman. Although I was not around in his playing days, I admired and respected him as a Cubs legend, broadcaster and of course The Biggest Cubs fan! Number 10 will always be in our memories and our hearts forever. Prayers and condolences to his family and Cubs family.
December 03, 2010
Thank you Pizza Man for sharing your love of the game with us all. Cubs games won't be the same without you.
December 03, 2010
His love of the game of baseball was infectious - he never hid his emotions - he lived life full tilt - we'll miss you Ronnie!
December 03, 2010
MLB fans from New York to California and most especially Chicago will truly miss this legend.

Ron your enthusiasm and zest for the game will ALWAYS be remembered.

Rest in peace.
December 03, 2010
I had the pleasure of meeting Ron several times at the annual JDRF walks in Busse Woods. I'll never forget the conversation I had with him when I asked him to autograph a Tribune photo taken the day they retired his number. He told me he didn't think he was a "10", and his wife didn't think so when he forgot to take out the garbage. Ron, you are a perfect "10" in my book. Thanks for all you did for those children! Today's athlete's can learn from your example! Rest in Peace!
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo will always be in my hall of fame regrdless of the Baseball Wrtiers opinion. He will be greatly misssed.

Ray Reidel
December 03, 2010
RIGHT NEXT TO MR.CUB,YOU WILL BE MISSED
December 03, 2010
I got the chance to meet you in 2005.You gave me so much inseperation to follow my dreams.It was also funny when we were joking around about diabetes (we both had it) You are an amazing person.
December 03, 2010
When I was a kid, I met him at the Shamrock Hilton in Houston, sitting by the pool. He complimented me on my tan, and asked if I was going to the game that night at the Astrodome. When I told him yes, he said to come down and he would throw me up a ball. I still have it 45 years later. Thanks Ron, and everyone will miss you, Cubs and also Astros fans.
December 03, 2010
St. Barnabas Elementary school used to take us to a couple of games per year during the 60's. During my 3rd grade year, I remember sitting very close to home plate. Ron happened to strike out and I yelled pretty loud that he didn't eat his Wheaties that day. He looked in my direction with half a smile.
December 03, 2010
R.I.P Ron Santo! Hall of Famer in my book!!
December 03, 2010
Ron, It has been a pleasureknowing you long enough to be able to sit and have conversations about our Cubbies and baseball.Thanks to Jamie allthose days of SpringTraining I will hold close to my heart.May GOD Bless yourFamily and allof your Fans in the time of our sorrow.

June Thomson,Jamie(thomson),Christian&James Broadus.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was a great and passionate player, a tell-it-like-it-is broadcaster, and a Cubs fan to boot. God in heaven, I'm so very sorry. He will certainly be missed. I send my love and condolences to the entire Santo family. RIP, Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
I met Ron in Scottsdale this past year, just after New Year's, as I was pulling into a restaurant parking lot...

I got out of my car, approached him and said

"excuse me , Mr. Santo...I wanted to tell you, I'm a White Sox fan, but I think you're the greatest 3B to ever play in Chicago...you deserve to be in the HOF..."

He was very gracious, and cordial, and let us take a pic w/him...

I hope he makes it into the HOF...he was a good dude...
December 03, 2010
A sad day for those of us who were treated to watching Ron play the game the way it should be played - 200% effort each & every day, with pure love of the game. We lost someone VERY special...a great guy who always gave his all, on the field, in the broadcast booth, or raising money for JDRF.
December 03, 2010
My heart breaks at the news of Ron Santo's death. What a great human being and what a great example of a true gentleman and athlete. In spite of hardships, he persevered with a smile and a click of his heels. I hope that joy he brought to the game and to life will help ease the loss for his family.
December 03, 2010
RIP Ron one of the best Cubs players ever you will be missed. Our heart goes out to your family ,and Cubs nation.
December 03, 2010
"Santo, to Becker, to Banks! Double play!"

Now that was baseball!!!

Say "hey" to Jack B. for us.
December 03, 2010
Mr.Santo you will be missed by every one send us a world series while sitting up there with the almighty
December 03, 2010
We will miss you Ronnie. The game will NEVER be the same without you along side Pat. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories in the good times and bad times for the Cubbie fans.
December 03, 2010
One classy guy......I remember seeing him play when I first started going to games and was a Cubs fan. May he rest in peace,
December 03, 2010
When Wrigley Field announcer Pat Piper introduced the player coming to bat, his last name would echo through the park. Now the name, Santo, will always echo in my boyhood memories. Rest in peace, No. 10. You were one of my heroes.
December 03, 2010
RIP Ron. You made Cub losing bearable.
December 03, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the Santo Family in their time of grief.
At times like these, 'God can give us "power beyond what is normal," so we can keep going from one day to the next. (2 Cor. 4:7) I hope this will bring the family a measure of comfort.

A Friend
December 03, 2010
God, what a loss to all us Cubbies fans, and an even bigger loss to the game of baseball. I shed a few tears for you Ron and for your wonderful family. May God bless all of you.
December 03, 2010
My mom died earlier this year, and one thing that helps me through is knowing that she finally was able to celebrate a White Sox championship five years ago. It's sad that Ron never got to have such a celebration and that his heart got broken too many times over the years -- 1969, 1984, 2003, etc. God bless him and his family.
December 03, 2010
A terrible loss. Not only to Cub Nation but to the charity he championed. He will be sadly missed.
December 03, 2010
My love for baseball began in the late-60s when as a youngster growing up in Milwaukee, I was Ron Santo when I played the game. I idolized his style and grace on the field and he stood toe-to-toe with the greats of the time, Mays, Aaron, McCovey, Clemente, Banks and Cepeda. Thanks for the memories Ron...you were a Hall of Famer in the eyes of a 10 year old.
December 03, 2010
CLASS ACT!!
December 03, 2010
For those of us that listened to Pat & Ron's every broadcast, at home, in the car, or at the game.....he will never be replaced.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, we'll miss you in the booth, but mostly we'll miss your spirit and passion for the Cubs. Your work on behalf of Diabetes patients will continue, and we will never forget your spirit. Thank you for all the fun we had. This year will always be the year.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was the greatest 3rd baseman and Cub fan there ever was!!! He will be greatly missed. Will miss his voice on the radio! RIP Ron!! I will be praying for your family.
December 03, 2010
you will be missed.
December 03, 2010
I'm from Connecticut, Ron was one of my favorite baseball players.I had cherished every baseball card including the Rookie of the Year one.A great third base man. Johnny C. Wethersfield , Ct.
December 03, 2010
It's a shame that Ron was never voted into the Hall of Fame. He should have been years ago..I took a picture with him out side of old Cominsky Park before an Old Timers Game..That's one picture I'll cherish..He was a true gentleman..God Bless you Ron...
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was THE best 3rd basemen in Baseball in his time...and the combination of him, Don Kessinger, Randy Huntley, Ernie Banks and Glen Beckert was the most awesome infield in baseball. I was in grade school during his prime and I just loved him. My family used to go to all the Cubs games at Wriggley Field and as a kid, (a tomboy) I couldn't think of anything better. My parents moved to Arizonia and went to the Cubs practices and even got me Ron's autograph. I was never so thrilled. I'm so saddened to hear of his death. His whole family will be in my prayers.
December 03, 2010

To the real Mr. Cub! We love you Ron.
December 03, 2010
We will miss you Ronnnie! I'm so glad I got to meet you several years ago in San Diego after a Cubs game. I will cherish my hat you signed for me!
December 03, 2010
One of the greatest CUBS is gone -- but not forgotten. May God Bless his family. A Fan for more than 60years!
December 03, 2010
As a kid growing up in the late 50's 7 all of the 6o's; I definitely remember the great RON Santo a3 the 'HOT CORNER'
Third Base . You were the greatest !
December 03, 2010
I grew up watching the Cubs and Ron Santo...I had his poster in my room...what "guns" he had, and what a great third basseman! It's a travesty that he's not in the HOF, but for those of us who watched him play and listened to him on the radio, he's in OUR HOF....God bless you, Ron.
December 03, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are for the family and friends of Ron Santo. May God be with those who loved him through your prayer, He will give you the strength you need doing this bereaved time. The God of all comfort and peace will be their for you.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was my hero from the 1st time I saw him play in 1960 at the age of 4 sitting on the floor of my grandparent's living room. Rest in peace Ron Santo. i will miss your enthusiasm for the game and your kindness to the world.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was the Chicago Cubs. he has touched so many lives in his career.Ron you are in the hall of fame may God welcome you with open arms, RIP.you will never be forgotten.
December 03, 2010
My childhood hero is gone. I am overcome with sadness today. I was going to grow up as the next Cubs 3rd baseman.

Santo will always live on in my heart.
December 03, 2010
I was 7 years old when I raced to the 3rd base wall in Wrigley Field to catch a glimpse of Ron clicking his heels after a Cubs win that year. The excitment of that year sucked me in, and my 17 yr. old son now too! Ron's pure love of the game and the way he reaches out to everyone is a great example. We'll continue supporting the annual JDRF walks, but I'll never return to Cooperstown until the HOF corrects the terrible wrong it has done to Ron Santo!
He had a restuarnt in Park Ridge for a few years in the early 1990's and stopped in to greet a large group of my friends one time we were there and signed every ball my children brought to him one day when we were in Mesa at a spring training game! We've kept every ball because he is such a great human being and a great player!
This is as sad as the day that Walter Payton died. Ron, enjoy the rewards of your great life! R.I.P.
December 03, 2010
There was no better place to be than Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs. I always tried to sit down the third base line so I could watch the left side of the infield, Santo at third, Kessinger at short, Glenn Beckert at second. What great memories of a great Cubs team. Always getting those awful Ron Santo pizza's in those little cardboard boxes, the cardboard almost as good as the pizza, but Ron at third, what a great infielder and great team player. A very sad day for all Cubs fans, but the memories of his greatness will live on forever.
December 03, 2010
He was one of the warmest, most friendly people anybody would want to meet, and he will be missed by millions...Rest in peace, Ronnie!!!!!! We will ALL miss you......


Condolences to the Santo family....
December 03, 2010
Batter up Ronnie! You are in our Hall of Fame. Cooperstown is boring, you were not!
December 03, 2010
1969 40 thousand plus fans i,m 13 yrs. old standing room only watching my beloved cubbies. cleaned floors @ ronnys pizza place and home with my dad. He still gave me a thrill to this day
December 03, 2010
Ronnie was the best, whether it was at 3rd base or in the broadcast booth. I loved him dearly although I never met him. Prayers and condolences to his family.
December 03, 2010
I was lucky enough as a young caddie at Medinah country club to have caddied for Mr. Santo. We got to a par 3 that crossed over a creek. Mr. Santo asked ok kid how far to the flag. I told him it was 157 flag was in the middle of green. I said Sir I take one extra club because the green will feed the ball back to the water. He said I can get there with this. He did but the ball rolled back to the water. I felt so bad. All he said to me was I guess I should have listen you. He always had time for the fans. It is sad the MLB never let him into the Hall of Fame. He was the nicest sport and broadcast legend I knew. I will miss him and I hope and pray that he will bring his cubs some luck from heaven. He was always glad to speak to my Son Chris at cub’s spring training games about broadcasting which Chris now does for Southern Illinois Salukis’.
Thanks Ron we love you
December 03, 2010
Chicago baseball will never be the same now. Ron is the greatest Cubs fan, is a hall of famer and best third baseman who every played the game of baseball. Rest in peace!
December 03, 2010
Rest in peace. A true Cub fan & an example of great courage.
December 03, 2010
Sometimes he was hard to listen to, because he bled Cubby blue. What a great ballplayer, fan AND broadcaster. Ron will be missed most as a wonderful human being.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was my favorite Cub. To me, he was the heart and soul of the team and he played the game the right way - with passion. To learn of his illness and what he endured during those years is inspiring. Any uniform with #10, I'll think of him. God Bless Him and my sympathies to his family.
December 03, 2010
A GREAT GUY WHO I MET AT HOHOKAM AT SPRING TNG! ALWAYS HAD TIME FOR THE FANS. I AM LUCKY TO BE IN HIS DOCUMENTRY!
December 03, 2010
My brother and I attended Ron Santo Baseball School one summer in the late 60s. We had incredible experiences with Ron, Glen Beckert, Don Kessinger, and Billy Williams who came and spent quality time with us....Ron and those particular Cubs were really something!!!
December 03, 2010
The voice of the fan and a true Cub. This baseball fan is very sad today.
December 03, 2010
a perfect 10 and a hall of famer in my book... Rest in Peace Ronnie, this little cub fan will miss you dearly
December 03, 2010
No worries Ronnie- you entered the Eternal Hall of Fame!
December 03, 2010
Cubs baseball and 720 won't be the same without ya Ron.
December 03, 2010
Ron, one of the things I looked forward to when heading up to Michigan for vacation at our summer house was sitting in the shade while your voice bellowed from the transistor radio. Whether it be a long car ride, making a work day seem a little less mundane, or just listening at home, your voice and commentary always brought a smile to my face. Summers will never be the same. You will truly be missed.
December 03, 2010
HOW MANY TIMES I TURNED THE TV OFF WITH BRENLEY GOING ON AND ON, SO I COULD TURN THE RADIO ON TO LISTEN TO A GREAT PAIR, PAT AND RON MAKE IT AS EXCITING AS CUB BASEBALL COULD BE. RON WAS THE BEST AT WHAT HE DID FOR THE CUBS NATION. A TRUE HALL OF FAMER
December 03, 2010
I remember when I emailed Pat and Ron while they were broadcasting. I asked what a spitball was and why it was banned in the MLB. Ron answered my question on the air and I will always remember that memory. I always will remember his passion for the game. You will be missed Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
I'LL MISS YOU RONNIE - YOUR INFECTIOUS LAUGH, YOUR LOVE OF THE CUBS AND YOUR GREAT APPRECIATION OF ALL THE FANS. MAY YOUR LIGHT SHINE UPON THE CUBS FOR THIS COMING SEASON. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.
December 03, 2010
I grew up in Central Illinois a Cardinals fan. After the strike, I had lost interest in baseball. I left the Army in 1997 and attended college at night in Springfield during the 1998 Season. My Dad, a Cubs fan, turned me on to Ron Santo and Pat Hughes. From that moment, any chance I got to listen to Ron and Pat I took. My best memories are listening to the Cards/Cubs games McGuire/Sosa. driving home at night and I ALWAYS listened to Ron and Pat (Forgive me Jack Buck!) A better broadcast team there never was. I now live in Detroit and felt the love for Ernie Harwell, and shed a tear at his passing myself. But the loss of Ron is heartbreaking to me, but I am forever thankful that I had the opportunity to listen to him for as long as I did, diabetes has taken people much earlier in life often. I only wish I had been able to see Ronnie play 3rd Base...Ronnie for HALL OF FAME NOW!!!! God Speed Ronnie, and sincerest condolences to his family, both at home and at WGN.
December 03, 2010
Ron was the best - being a transplant from Michigan, I never jumped on the Cubs bandwagon, but always loved listening to Pat/Ron the last 7 years. It's been a tough year for baseball fans on earth this year, but great for heaven with the introduction of Ernie Harwell and now Pat.
December 03, 2010
Boy o Boy, how will we go on without you Ron? Here's to the best Cubbie. You're in the HOF now.
December 03, 2010
A TRUE GENTLEMAN WHO PLAYED WITH A HUGE HEART BOTH THE GAME AND HIS BATTLE WITH HIS ILLNESS GOD BLESS MR. SANTO A TRUE CUB.
December 03, 2010
He was just a great person and I will miss listening to My Cubbies on WGN. I always turned downed the tv so I could listen to Ron. Rest in Peace my Friend.
December 03, 2010
You are missed. You are loved. All Cub fans look forward to the season opener with you above us.

Prayers to your family.
December 03, 2010
To the Santo family , My deepest condolences to you all on the loss of R ON.He was a great ball player and a great announcer .Ron will be deeply missed by all .CUB games just wont be the same .Ron and Harry can call the games from heaven . R.I.P.#10
December 03, 2010
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, we'll always love you. Back when I was a kid in the 60's and 70's, you and the Cubs helped make my Summers special.
December 03, 2010
You will be missed Ronnie. Your love for the game and your inspirational outlook on life will never be forgotten. Tuning into games on 720 everyday at work won't be the same without you. Thank you for so many great memories! Hope you are clicking your heels with the man upsatairs!
December 03, 2010
Ron was a dedicated baseball man who loved everything about the sport. Every time he was up for the Hall of Fame I sure hoped he would make it. Now that you are gone I'm sure one of these days you will be there. It's such a shame they couldn't let you enjoy the thrill. Rest in peace and I will meet you some day in Heaven.
December 03, 2010
You will live in the hearts of Cub fans forever. Listening to games wont be the same without you.
December 03, 2010
He epitomized what it meant to be a Cubbie. Friendly, passionate, and just a true-blue baseball guy. We'll miss you Ron. God needed a third baseman....
December 03, 2010
I send my deepest sympathies to his family. He will be missed by Cub nation. I wasn't old enough to watch him play but I enjoyed his passion for the Cubs when I heard him on the radio and I am going to miss hearing him.
December 03, 2010
Even this Sox Fan has a soft spot for Ron Santo. Here's to one of the funniest, most passionate commentators and one of the biggest hearts in the game. You'll be missed!
December 03, 2010
To the Santo Family:

I had the privilege and honor of meeting Ron Santo on several occasions. While he's being remembered for his talents on the baseball field and on Cubs broadcasts, I prefer to remember him for his passion for life. Not many athletes have been able to compete as successfully as Ron did, while fighting diabetes. He would not let diabetes beat him. And he helped thousands of children to cope with this dreaded disease.

The last time I saw Ron was at Wrigley Field in 2000, when I brought my dear friend and former boss, Hank Stram, to a game to lead the 7th Inning Stretch. More importantly, I made it a point for Hank to talk privately with Ron about not giving up his Hall of Fame hopes. You see, like Ron, Hank suffered from diabetes. And like Ron, Hank had been on the outside looking in at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hank gave Ron words of encouragement that day and in 2003, Hank was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While Hank passed away two years later, he told me he hoped that Ron would also reach that plateau.

Ron Santo provided us with much joy. More importantly, he showed us how to really live.

My condolences to your entire family.
December 03, 2010
RIP Ronnie, you are a Hall of Famer in my book.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was a one of a kind, baseball player and supporter of diabetes research. He contacted my 6-year old son and sent him an autographed picture to encourage him in his battle against juvenile diabetes. My heart weeps for our loss today. nicole, Auburn, Indiana
December 03, 2010
I will always remember the vitality Ron brought to the Cub games. He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Ron, take us to the world series in 2011!
December 03, 2010
Cubs..Pirates game, 9 seats behind on deck circle,there with a buddy(White Sox fan) he gets a pirate pennant and every time Ron would be on deck he would holler "PIZZA MAN" embarrassing me but, Ron never acknowledged comment. After game we waited where the players came out. My buddy spoke with a security person and stated he was a relative of Ron's. When Ron came out he acknowledged us and motioned. My friend stated he was a White Sox fan, but would like to have his autograph. All he had was the Pirate pennant and Ron signed it. I being the die hard Cub fan did shake his hand which was my thrill forever.
December 03, 2010
Growing up in the early 1960's, the highlight of my summers was going to see my favorite player Ron Santo play at Wrigley Field. I had a major crush on Ron Santo and always will. Thanks, Ron and God Bless You.

Judy, Joliet, IL
December 03, 2010
You couldn't help but feel the passion and emotion that Ron Santo held for the Cubs when he did the broadcasts. He was also an inspiration for those with diabetes. A true Hall of Famer.
December 03, 2010
The ultimate Cub player - great yet never a champion, deserving but overlooked by the HOF. More, he was the ultimate Cub fan. Wore it on his sleeve, lived and died with each game. Will be sadly missed by all true baseball fans.
December 03, 2010
I am a lifelong Cubs fan and remember many sunny days at Wrigly field in 60's and 70's. I remember his heel click after a win on his way to the showers. I haven't lived in Illinois for decades but follow the Cubs still. I have shed some tears this morning after learning about Ron's passing. He was the Cubs (along with Ernie Banks)! He does belong in the HOF
December 03, 2010
Where do you start when talking about Ron Santo? He was just a wonderful human being. He is someone you would want to model your life after, and I don't say that about very many people. He was an incredible player. The fact that he is not in the hall of fame is a trajedy. One cannot look at Ron's career and not factor in his diabetes. It goes much beyond stats. The fact that he played at such a high level given that when he was diagnosed with diabetes his life expectancy was only 25 years old is all the more remarkable. It is not like ahtletes today like Jay Cutler playing with diabetes where there is ways to manage the disease. Back then it was truly a tremendous struggle day in and day out with diabetes. He did so much for juvenile diabetes and was always there to help anyone battling with the disease. You will never meet another person with a greater spirit, sense of humor, and passion and zest for life. A true inspiration to us all! RIP Ronnie, you will be missed forever!
December 03, 2010
Cardinal Nation mourns the loss of Ron Santo, a man who's love for the game, the Cubbies, and all baseball fans came through every day. I am calling on Cardinals fans to commemorate this man's life by participating in a Walk for the Cure for Juvenile Diabetes in St. Louis the day of the Cubbies' first visit to St. Louis in 2011.
December 03, 2010
Thank you Ron for all the good years here in chgo.To me you were the best 3rd baseman of all times.
December 03, 2010
Mr. Santo will be missed. He was one of the nine 1969 cub ballplayers who introduced me to baseball and become a baseball lifer. I have followed the CUBS since than. Everytime I see or even think of the Cubs I will remember Ron Santo. I hope he will some day be in the hall of fame, and the Cubs Win the World Series.
ALICE
North Carolina
December 03, 2010
32 Years ago he came to my home town of Modesto, CA. We had the A's single A club so I liked the A's. I was a 9 year old who loved baseball and was 6 months into my diagnosis with Juvenile Diabetes. I didn't know who he was but my Dad did (I was born in Chicago but moved at 1 y.o) He was the only one I believed when he told me I could live a normal life and spent an extra 1/2 hour with me that day after he spoke. I became a Cubs fan and Ron Santo fan for life. I heard on the way to work at 4 AM this morning in LA and welled up. Rest in peace Mr. Santo - you've been my inspiration!
December 03, 2010
I attended my first pro baseball game with my little league team in 1965 or 66. Cubs vs Giants. Ron had a double & 2 singles & knocked in 3 of 4 Cubs runs including game winner in the bottom of the 9th on a bloop to right. I will miss Ron's "unique" broadcasting style. Wondering if, like my dad & Ron, I will live life without a championship. How many generations will go without seeing the Cubs in the World Series?
Will miss you Ron. You were a hero to me for different reasons at different times in my life. Thank you for a life well lived!
December 03, 2010
Ron will be missed a lot by me..I always listened to him and Pat Hughes, and Pat must be struggling today as we all are, and it wont be the same for me..R.I.P Ronny, you will be missed...
December 03, 2010
Ron, you were the greatest third base player during my youth. I remembered going to my first Cubs game at 13 years old, 38 years ago. You are missed!
December 03, 2010
I LAUGHED WITH YOU, CRIED WITH YOU, SHARED YOUR PASSION FOR THE CUBS. YOU MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS IN WRIGLEY EVEYRTIME I LISTENED TO YOU EVEN THOUGH I WAS SAT 3.200 MILES AWAY IN ANOTHER COUNTRY. I'LL MISS YOU AS I WOULD A BEST FRIEND AND WHEN WE FINALLY WIN IT ALL I WILL KNOW THAT YOU'LL BE WATCHING. ALL THE BEST RONNIE
December 03, 2010
The man would make the worst Cubs games delightful to listen to. He was certainly a great person, and his memory will forever be engrained in the hearts of millions. I'm so thankful to have lived during his time, and to have experienced his passion for life and the Cubs. We'll miss you Ron, and God Bless your friends and family.
December 03, 2010
I was a Little Leaguer in Benton Harbor, Michigan when Ron was playing for the Cubs. He was my favorite player ... I played 3rd base and ALWAYS wore #10. The summer of '69 is as much a fond memory as a painful one, in no small part because of Ron's heel-clicking positivity. That magical energy got him through the physical trials of subsequent years and astounded all of us. Farewell to a hero of my youth AND adulthood. I'll miss you, Ron.
December 03, 2010
May his ashes be spread upon the field so his spirit can roam the friendly confines for all of eternity.
December 03, 2010
I've a Cub fan since 1968. Ron brought my 3rd grade class to a game, meeting the 68 Cubs. Ron sat us on the 3rd base line and, fed us until our stomachs hurt. Now this might not be a big deal to some but, we were all black.

I have been a Cubs fan since. A big part of my life is gone. I'll miss Ron.
December 03, 2010
This is a terrible loss not only for Ron's families (his own and the Cubs organization) but for all of baseball. His charm, passion and openness was something I will never forget. He will be truly missed by all that follow the Cubs. Now is the time for the current Cub ownership to do all it can to produce a winner. Mr. Santo has now made the ultimate Hall of Fame. Too bad Cooperstown didn't feel the same way. God bless you Ron.
December 03, 2010
I'm sure the Good Lord welcomed Ron home with open arms. A great ballplayer but more importantly, a great man. I feel like I knew him, he had that effect on people. I will truly miss his colorful personality and his banter with Pat in the booth. God bless Ron Santo.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie will forever be in my heart. He's my baseball idol and my hero. I will miss him so much, my summers and WGN radio will never be the same without him. I love you #10!
December 03, 2010
My wife and I started our marriage going to Cub games in 1968 and were at Wrigley many times during that run in 1969. We have many pictures and fond memories of you clicking your heels running into left field after a Cubs' WIN. We are still married and share with your family and all the Cubs' family on your induction into GOD's Hall of Fame. Great Job Ronnie! GOD Bless and keep you always.
Terry & Becky Zarnik Florida
December 03, 2010
RIP Ron you are an inspiration to all of us.
December 03, 2010
I will miss Ron very much. I loved listening to him during games, cheering or moaning, telling stories. But mostly I admire his courage and I have often said that if I get sick I can only hope to have the great attitude that Ron had about his health.
December 03, 2010
As a player or a broadcaster, he loved the Cubs! You will be missed, Ron, and listening to the games will never be the same. RiP
December 03, 2010
My heart goes out to the Santo family. Ron was the CUBS. Going to miss listening to him on the radio. I enjoyed him morethan the Cub game itself.He never complained about any of his problems, just a all around great guy. Gonna miss you Ron.
December 03, 2010
He was the guy Ernie Banks called Mr Cub.As far as I am concerned he's in the Hall.
December 03, 2010
My dad used to take me to the Cubs games, and I remember looking forward to Santo being up to bat - always a GREAT chance for a home run!!
December 03, 2010
During my youth, Ron Santo was one of the Boys of Summer. He maintained that boyish enthusiasm throughout the many travails he struggled with in his later years. Now he's in the ultimate Hall of Fame. Enjoy it Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo will be truly missed, I enjoyed watching him play when I was a kid living in Chicago. "God Bless Ron Santo."
December 03, 2010
Ronnie was my Mr. Cub! He was an inspiration to all! #10 IS A HALL OF FAMER! Rest in peace Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
Baseball has lost one of its ambassadors and Cubs fans everywhere are saddened at the loss of this wonderful man. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Santo at 3 Rivers Stadium while working for the Pirates and his wit, humor and love of "his Cubbies" remained with me always. May God Bless you all now as you go through this difficult time. May memories of time spent with Ron comfort you always. Heaven has another GREAT player for its team today. With my sincere sympathy to all who loved him.
December 03, 2010
Ron - you were always my favorite when you played and will always be my favorite broadcaster. I loved your enthusiasm for the cubs and how you truly loved them. Only a true Cub fan understands what that is all about. Thanks for all the years.
December 03, 2010
two of my brothers suffer from diabetes. that he would perservere with a HOF career in the majors without anyone knowing is simply AMAZING! i can't fight back the tears for an all-time great Cub and even greater man. my heart and prayers go out to the family. God bless you Ron.
December 03, 2010
My name is Darnell Moore, a Cub fan since 1968. My third grade teacher stayed on the same block as Ron Santo. Ron brought my whole 3rd grad class to a game. We met the '68 Cubs. Ron sat us on the 3rd base line and, fed us until our stomachs hurt. Now this might not be a big deal to some but, we were all black. I have been a fan since. A big part of my life is gone. I'll miss Ron. Rest in Peace. Love, Darnell
December 03, 2010
Let us not mourn the passing of the flame, but let us instead remember how brightly it burned.
December 03, 2010
Ron, it just won't be the same listening to the radio broadcasts without you. It was you and the joy I got from listening to you that initially made me become a Cubs fan when I was younger. You waved to me from the booth in Milwaukee last spring so that I could take a picture of you, and it was one of the best moments of my life. Thank you for everything. You will truly be missed. Rest in peace, LR
December 03, 2010
when I was in little league I wore #10 because Ron you were my favorite ball player.I will miss you.
December 03, 2010
Growing up in the 60's, I have vivid memories of Ron's playing days. I followed is broadcast years and enjoyed his knowledge of the game. He will always be a Hall of Fame player and person in my book.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was my favorite player growing up and absolutely belongs in the Hall of Fame. I loved listening to Pat and Ron on the radio. Ron was certainly a one-of-a-kind broadcaster and, had he been paired with a less professional play-by-play guy or someone without a sense of humor, it wouldn't have worked nearly as well - thanks to Pat for realizing how much Ronnie was loved in Chicago and letting Ron be Ron.
December 03, 2010
My heartfelt sympathy and condolances go out to Ron's family. I remember going to Wrigley Field as a child with my grandfather and watching him. He was my favorite player. I loved listening to his commentary on the games and missed when he wasn't in the booth. He struggled but always came back strong a positive. You should be proud of him as we all are. A True Ron Santo Fan! I will miss him dearly.
December 03, 2010
Nobody bled Cubbie blue more than Ronnie. The Cubs, the city of Chicago, the radio, and all of us fans will ever be the same without him. Even though I never met him, it feels like I have lost my favortite uncle. Ronnie truly was a Hall of Fame person who had a Hall of Fame life. We already miss you Ron! Go Cubs, win it for old #10 who will always be #1.
December 03, 2010
You could hear the passion in his broadcasts. He was truly the Cubs biggest fan, and one heck of a player too. He will be missed.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo will be missed not only for the fun moments listening to him and Pat but for the courage he displayed and his devotion to helping the cure for juvenile diabetes. Listening to the games may never be the same. So many times we watched the games on TV but turned the volume down to hear Pat & Ron call the game. The laughter brought on by these two can still be heard. Ronnie you are now in the best hands and know you will still be cheering us on.
December 03, 2010
We lost a dear friend and a classic cubs radio voice he will join harry and look down on the cubs and all the cub fans! Ron and Pat was classic cubs broadcasting that duo made you listen to the cubs even when the cubs were a serious losing streak. I remember when I was at the ballpark with my wife, mother in law and nephew and we were waiting for the elevator and there he was right in front of us. He was happy to take a picture with us and my nephew 5 year old nephew needed a little explanation who Ron was.. I will never forget that moment.. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Ron and his family... You will be surely missed!!!
December 03, 2010
Ronnie, you are in my Hall of Fame! Rest in Peace.
December 03, 2010
I am so sad. Radio broadcasts of the games will not be the same without This Old Cub! Ron, you will be missed.
December 03, 2010
Ron and the Cubs defined my childhood...I grew up watching them on WGN or listening on the radio. I was thrilled to be in attendance at the game when they retired his number. RIP Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
Ive been a Cubs Fan since I was 10 in 1967. Id wait for the "Santo Dance" during home runs approaching 3rd base.
As an adult listening to Pat and Ron was a favorite of mine. Summers will never be the same.
December 03, 2010
God bless Ron Santo. He was a pleasure to watch as a player, and so much fun to listen to. There has never been a better, braver example for young people than Ronnie. Never mind his not getting into Cooperstown: he will be in the Hall of Fame of our hearts forever.
December 03, 2010
December 03, 2010
Some of my favorite memories is Ron jumping and clicking his heels after a win. Sure hope they put a statue of Ron up.
December 03, 2010
RIP
December 03, 2010
The Pizza King was a hell of a ball player and an even better man. Peace be with you number 10.
December 03, 2010
My condolences to Ron's family. Ron, I remember watching you as a player, especially your high kicks after a Cubs win and your enthusiasm. I will miss you as you were a big part of my childhood growing up, attending the games at Wrigley. Rest in Peace.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was a perfect 10.
December 03, 2010
The Cubs have lost their greatest fan. We have lost the man that voiced what, we, the fans thought and felt. It seems way too early for him to be taken away. Sad day in baseball. But maybe he will ask God to give the Cubs a pennant.
December 03, 2010
As a kid, I watched Ronny play third base and always wanted to meet him....came close a few times at Wrigley, and he even waved at me when I was a kid...Was there for "Ron Santo" day at Wrigley too,,,,He belongs in the Hall of Fame....Thanx for the memories Ron Santo...go play ball in Heaven now...
December 03, 2010
We will all miss you Ron. Such a friendly and caring man. Thank you for taking the time for everyone. You will be missed.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie was the biggest Cubs fan out there, its a truly sad day. Your legend will live on in The Friendly Confines. Thanks for the memories.
December 03, 2010
a true cub. he will be missed. R.I.P. Mr. Santo.
December 03, 2010
ronnie will always be my moms and my whole families favorite. he's a class act and hall of famer in our book.
December 03, 2010
I don't think I've ever been so emotional about the loss of someone in baseball as I am today. He's been a part of my life for 50 years and like many people today, I feel I've lost a close friend. I'll miss his voice, his optimism and especially his character. He was one of a kind. Rest in peace #10.
December 03, 2010
Big loss today....Ron Santo is now in the BIG Hall of Fame and will always be remembered for his compassion, drive and great sense of humor.
December 03, 2010
The truest of true Cubbie fans ever! Thank You for all the emotional calls both good and bad over the years! You will be truly missed and the game will not be the same without you!
December 03, 2010
God Bless & Comfort the family, friends. & fans of Ron Santo.

1 Corinthians 1:3
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo - I will always remember my first Cub's game that my Dad took me to. My friend and I wanted to get to the park early for batting practice, but Dad had patients that morning. So my friend said she would ask her neighbor if we could get a ride with him, and he said yes. He was Ron Santo!
From that day on, I was a Santo fan. That summer, Ron gave us numerous rides home from the games. He was a great down to earth guy.

Who would of thought that years later, I would have another tie to Ron - Juvenile Diabetes. He called with support for me and my newly diagnosed daughter. He always cared, and we were always happy to meet up with him at his annual Diabetes Walk.

Thank-you for being a player with heart, you deserve to be in The Hall of Fame. Thank-you for your care and support for my daughter and me. Thank-you for your glass is half full view of life, you've inspired many. Thank-you for your efforts to raise money for a cure - you will be missed at next years walks. And thank-you for being a friend - I will miss you.

Your number one fan, Pam
December 03, 2010
My first glove was a Ron Santo signature. Boy oh boy, I wish I would have held onto it now.
December 03, 2010
My whole family watched Ron play third base for the cubs, my children grew up being his fans. His devotion to the game and the cubs will always be remembered by us. We loved to listen to him on the radio and TV, the most colorfull and devoted cub fan that ever existed. God bless you Ron Santo. The Crommett family, Jerry, Connie, Todd and Sue
December 03, 2010
Chicago lost their #1 Fan- he added a lot to the game on the radio! You will be missed Ron. Gail Johnson, Madison WI
December 03, 2010
December 03, 2010
His play on the field dazzled many. He won't be soon forgotten. His passing is sad news indeed. He played hard every game.

As times passes, we may soon forget Ron, but we know there is one who never forgets us even when we fall asleep in death. God will never forget his children. He was the power and the desire to do something about losing loved ones in death. How we look forward to the time when Jehovah God will reunite us with those we have lost in death.
December 03, 2010
I grew up in the 1960's, Ron Santo was THE 3rd baseman for all of my allstar teams...i watched the Cubs play at our barbershop every Saturaday...that is how I got to see the hardcharging Santo play..he was it...Brooks was a close second....there was nobody else in close...and i'm a yankee fan...hope he gets the call from the Hall...which should have already happened...a complete, 5 tool player ...RIP.
December 03, 2010
You will be missed Ron.
December 03, 2010
You'll live on forever in every Cub fan's heart. Listening to games won't be the same without you.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie was my hero as a teenager in the 60s. Little did I know at the time how good a choice for hero he was. I am saddened by the loss of a truly good man. Saying he was a great baseball player, and he was, is a disservice. The world is a lesser place without him.
December 03, 2010
I watched Ron from his early years with the Cubs. He was one of the greatest players of all time and showed the greatest love for the team and baseball after he stopped playing.I will miss his voice this season on the radio.I just have to say baseball made the biggest mistake by not giving this great man a place in the hall of fame when they had the chance. Peace be with you Ron.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo - I will always remember my first Cub's game that my Dad took me to. My friend and I wanted to get to the park early for batting practice, but Dad had patients that morning. So my friend said she would ask her neighbor if we could get a ride with him, and he said yes. He was Ron Santo!
From that day on, I was a Santo fan. That summer, Ron gave us numerous rides home from the games. He was a great down to earth guy.

Who would of thought that years later, I would have another tie to Ron - Juvenile Diabetes. He called with support for me and my newly diagnosed daughter. He always cared, and we were always happy to meet up with him at his annual Diabetes Walk.

Thank-you for being a player with heart, you deserve to be in The Hall of Fame. Thank-you for your care and support for my daughter and me. Thank-you for your glass is half full view of life, you've inspired many. Thank-you for your efforts to raise money for a cure - you will be missed at next years walks. And thank-you for being a friend - I will miss you.

Your number one fan, Pam
December 03, 2010
The first baseball mit I had as a kid was a Ron Santo autographed glove. He's now in Heaven's Hall of Fame.
December 03, 2010
I'm trying to imagine listening to the games on the radio without hearing Ron and his stories. Baseball will not be the same without him. My heart goes out to his family.
December 03, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about Ron Santo He was the GREATES Cubs FAN in the world Ron IS MR CUBS His sperit Gave me Hope in my fight with Diabetes I was hoping to Meet Ron this coming year to tell him that he was a Great Man of today for trying to help All the kids with Diabetes

With much Love
Mike Pastuszka
December 03, 2010
Ron truly was the biggest Cubs fan. We cheered when he cheered. We lamented a bad play or a loss when he did (often with his cry of “OOOOH NOOOO!”). It will not be the same without him. My heart goes out to his family and friends. What a tremendous loss.
December 03, 2010
NO GREATER FAME THAN RON SANTO COULD HAVE THAN TO BE IN HEAVEN WITH ALL HIS DEVOTED CUB FANS. HE WAS THE GREATEST CUBBIE HERE ON EARTH AND EARNED EVERY ELATION POSSIBLE. IN ALL OUR HEARTS HE WAS IN THE HALL OF FAME. REST IN PEACE RON
December 03, 2010
I'll never forget Ron Santo. During the first Cubs game I ever went to as a 9-year old, Ron hit a grand slam (I know he hit a home run and maybe in my memory I made it a grand slam), and the Cubs rolled to a victory. Then in 1980, I met him in Hawaii and he was pleasantly surprised that he was recognized so far from home. Later, he posed for a picture with my aunt and uncle before a special Cubs game where we celebrated a 40-th birthday bash at Wrigley Field. He was so personable in all respects and was the Ultimate Cubs Fan. He was always such a pleasure to listen to and games will never be the same. RIP #10.
December 03, 2010
Ron always made the games enjoyable to watch. Even when the Cubs were struggling he had a way of making it fun. I’m going to miss his passion for the game. I truly believe he was the biggest Cubs fan in the world!
December 03, 2010
This is such a sad day, to have to say goodbye to the great Ron Santo. No one had more fun on the radio than you did. No one. You will be missed.
December 03, 2010
Ronnie will be missed!
December 03, 2010
Ron was the first person to give me an autograph. I was 10 years old...it was Ronnie's rookie year with the Cubs. He had just been interviewed for the pre-game show on WGN and was headed back to the dugout...when he stopped to sign some autographs. My dad said to me...go up there....I did..and I got Ron's autograph. I still have it.

Paul Kern
Kenosha, Wisconsin
December 03, 2010
It feels like I lost a good friend. Tears were rolling down my face as I drove to work. Listening to Cub games will never be the same.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo embodied what a TRUE Cubs fan really is. His passion and heart for the Cubs was and will be unmatched!!! His greatest desire was to see his beloved Cubs win the World Series!!! You will be missed Ronnie!!!
December 03, 2010
All of we life long Cub fans are very sad with the loss of Ron. What a great Cub he was. May Gods blessings be upon him and his family during this sad time.
December 03, 2010
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Santo in 1989 at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa. As he was one of my boyhood heroes, I was thrilled beyond words. On the field or off, he never let me down. Thank you, Ron.
December 03, 2010
Play 2 Ronnie.
December 03, 2010
Say hi to my Dad in heaven Mr. Santo. Rich Pincenti. He also had diabetes. He loved you so much. I bet he's thrilled to finally meet you. RIP #10.
December 03, 2010
Growing up, I idolized Ron Santo. One of the biggest thrills of my life was when I got his autograph before a White Sox game in Milwaukee in 1974. But, it wasn't just about getting the autograph, it was about getting a glimpse of his character that made the moment unforgettable.
During White Sox batting practice, there was a crowd of about twenty people by the left-field tarp trying to get his attention as he was shagging balls in the infield. Santo came over. Seeing this, the crowd soon grew. He was friendly and patient with everyone. He looked people in the eye and chatted a bit as he signed autographs.
A mentally disabled teenage boy near the back of the crowd kept yelling at him, "Hey Ron! I love you, Ron! Are you going to hit a home run, tonight, Ron?" "I hope so," Santo shouted back after the boy had repeated himself about three times. In his glee at getting an answer, the teen kept shouting, "I love you, Ron! Hit a home run, Ron!" He was good natured about it, but people were starting to get uncomfortable. He kept jumping up and down and shouting.
An older girl I assume was his sister started to walk him away. Santo saw this, and said, "Come down here," motioning them forward. They worked their way to the front of the crowd. Santo turned to the White Sox coach throwing batting practice and shouted for him to toss over two balls. He signed one for the boy, and one for his sister. I was standing right next to them when he did it. The boy kept saying, "Thanks, Ron! Thanks, Ron!" He was truly elated. Santo told them they were very welcome as he turned and took my program from my hands and signed it. I'll never forget that moment. What a great man. What a terrible loss to his family and the baseball world.
December 03, 2010
WE ALL LIKE TO THINK THAT WE, AS AN INDIVIDUAL PERSON, ARE THE GREATEST CUB FAN IN THE WORLD...WE CAN'T EVEN HOLD A CANDLE TO RON SANTO..HIS HEART AND SOUL BELONGED TO HIS CUBBIES AND MAY HE WAVE THAT 'W' FLAG FOR ALL OF US FOREVER..GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AT THIS TIME, AND MAY WE ALL REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH WE HAVE LOST...
December 03, 2010
Brandin Adragna GEAUX CUBBIES heart goes out to the Santo family cubs nation will truly miss Ron but he wont be forgotten
December 03, 2010
Thank you for being the ultimate Cub. But thank you even more for being a great human being. I just wish you could've seen our Cubbies win the Series.
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo was the heart of the Chicago Cubs. He was a hero. My sympathy to his family.
December 03, 2010
Thank you for so many great memories!!! You'll be in my prayers.
December 03, 2010
Listening to the Cubs games on the radio just won't be the same without Ronnie. He really added a lot and he will be greatly missed by Cub fans everywhere. Rest in Peace Ronnie!
December 03, 2010
I am so saddened from the passing of Cubs great Ron Santo. He was the most amazing Cubs fan. I enjoyed listening to him and Pat during the Cubs game. I will miss the playful banter between them and hearing his emthusium for the game and the Cubs. The Cubs family has lost the greatest fan ever :(
December 03, 2010
Ron Santo has gone from third to home for the last time. Rest in peace, Cubbie. Your passion for the game always made listening to the Cubs a joy!
December 03, 2010
I am 60 years old and Ron has been a huge part of my Cubs fan life. I remember going to games as a teen on Tuesdays which were Ladies Days at the park, and watching him kick his heels together after a win. I am saddened by his passing and the world has truly lost a great person.
December 03, 2010
The world of baseball and Cub fans will miss Mr. Cub dearly. He was so passionate about his team, and his strength through all his many ailments was remarkable. We will miss you, Ronnie. You are now in the true Hall of Fame.
December 03, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. You will be missed by so many, but your memory will live on forever.
December 03, 2010
Ron has been my baseball hero since my first visit to Wrigley Field in 1966. He has touched millions of lives and given courage to those who struggle with life-long medical challenges. May our prayers comfort Ron's family during this sad time.
December 03, 2010
Its a very sad day for baseball, and for all Cubs Fans. The worlds Biggest Cubs Fan has gone to the other side of the Ivy. RIP Ron E. Santo
December 03, 2010
Ron was a dear family friend and a huge part of my childhood...i will miss him very much...one of the nicest people i have ever known...a true icon in chicago sports....rest in peace my friend
December 03, 2010
I was lucky enough to see Ron play a few times when I was a little girl. I was even more fortunate to listen to him regularly with Pat in the booth. His optimism and love for the Cubs was infectious! The booth will never be the same. We'll miss you, Ron. Our hearts are bleeding Cubbie Blue today. RIP