Chicago Cubs star turned radio broadcaster Ron Santo has died at age 70. Cubs flagship station WGN-AM Chicago reports that he died of complications from bladder cancer.
“My siblings and I first knew Ron Santo as fans, listening to him in the broadcast booth. We knew him for his passion, his loyalty, his great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humor. It was our great honor to get to know him personally in our first year as owners,” said a statement from Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts.
“Today we lost one of the most beloved Cubs of all-time. Ron’s voice was the true soundtrack of summer in Chicago and his presence in the broadcast booth will forever be missed. Our heart goes out to the Santo family during this difficult time,” said WGN Radio Vice President & General Manager Tom Langmyer.
Santo was the play-by-play color voice for WGN Radio for the past 21 years. His baseball career had been 14 years, from 1960 to ’74, nearly all of it playing third base for the Cubs.