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Public Visitation To Be Held For Ron Santo

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicagoans are getting a final chance to say goodbye to beloved Cubs legend Ron Santo.

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The man who was widely considered the face of the Chicago Cubs will be waked Thursday in Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., and the visitation is open to the public.

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports the visitation will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. The doors to the cathedral close at midnight. Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports that some fans began lining up this morning, only to be told by Chicago police to return at noon today.

Fans wishing to pay their respects to Santo should get in line before 11 p.m.

Santo passed away early this past Friday morning in Arizona, from complications from bladder cancer. He was 70.

Santo spent 15 years in Major League Baseball – playing third base for the Cubs from 1960 to 1973, and one more season with the White Sox in 1974. He joined WGN-AM 720 radio as a Cubs color commentator in 1990, and had planned to return to his post there next season.

Almost immediately after word got out that Santo had passed away, a memorial was started in his honor outside Wrigley Field. It was still growing Thursday morning, as fans continued to pay tribute.

Santo’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Name. Only limited public seating will be available.

Afterward, a procession will leave the cathedral and head north on State Street, east on Chicago Avenue, south on Michigan Avenue to the Wrigley Building at the Chicago River where it will turn around, pause in front of the Tribune Tower where WGN radio is located.

The procession will then head north on Michigan Avenue to inner Lake Shore Drive, then west on Division Street, north on LaSalle Boulevard, north on Clark Street, north on Sheffield Avenue, west on Addison Street followed by a lap around Wrigley Field.

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