Selig Reacts To Santo’s Death

Selig Considered Santo A Friend

(WSCR) – The news of Ron Santo’s death sent many Chicago Cubs fans into mourning. Cubs’ fans and Chicagoans have been expressing their memories and thoughts of Santo all day. Not too long ago baseball commissioner Bud Selig shared his fond memories as well.

“I am truly saddened by the loss of my dear friend Ron Santo, who represented all the goodwill of baseball and the Chicago Cubs franchise. He was a magnificent, consistent ballplayer – a nine-time All-Star, a great power hitter and a five-time Gold Glove winner. Ron’s playing and broadcasting careers shared a common thread: in both capacities, he was a staple of the Cubs’ experience every single day. I enjoyed our many phone conversations and all the times when I visited him in the booth at Wrigley Field and during Spring Training.”

Not only did Selig discuss Santo’s playing and broadcasting careers, he spoke kindly of Santo’s spirit.

“Ron, who overcame so much in his life, was always there for me during challenging times. I will forever cherish his friendship and marvel at his remarkable work in the fight against diabetes. On behalf of all of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife Vicki, their four children, their grandchildren, and to all the fans of the Cubs.”

A Major League Baseball press release contributed to this article.

  • Stan daMann


    Even to this day, there are few who realize how much Ron Santo meant to the Cubs organization. He has been called the heart and soul and the face of the franchise, but he was more than that.

    Since Santo joined the radio booth in 1990, the Cubs have enjoyed nothing but their greatest success at the box office, in the public eye, and in every aspect financially. This success was originally attributed to Harry Carey and Sammy Sosa, but they are both long gone, and the incredible success has continued.

    You will now see a gradual decline in the popularity of the Cubs, now that Santo is no longer with them.

    Santo’s infectious and unabashed fandom was a tuning fork that drew old and new fans alike. His passionate personality was contagious, as it reflected the simple unquestioned love of baseball found in most fans. He re-awakened the baby boomer fans of the 1960-70s Cubs, but also struck a chord with the many other Cubs fans.

    Santo joined Pat Hughes to form one of the many great sports broadcasting teams that Chicago has been blessed with. He will be sorely missed by the Cubs organization and its many fans, as well as baseball fans.

    Santo’s contributions were never recognized by the negative Chicago sports media, most of whom mocked him unmercifully. But it never bothered him, because he knew his baseball knowledge was greater than that of any media member.

    In his playing days, Santo had your classic arrogant, Type-A personality that is crucified in today’s media. He also was the worst clutch player I have ever seen. I agree that he should not have made the hall of fame as a player…..

    But on the radio he became the warm and fuzzy, humorous man we remember him by, without losing one spark of his passionate fandom. He definitely was a hall of fame broadcaster. No radio or TV man EVER meant more to his team and his fans than Ron Santo did, in the history of baseball.

    Hey hey Ronnie. Say hello to Jack Brickhouse for me.

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