Flashback #93: Santo Dies, Elected To HOF (2010)
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December 3, 2010 – Ron Santo dies, later elected to Hall of Fame
After a battle with bladder cancer, Ron Santo passed away on Dec. 3, 2010 at the age of 70.
Santo, a Cubs icon who spent 14 seasons with the North Siders and another 20 years in the broadcast booth, also suffered from diabetes for most of his life, losing both of his legs to the disease.
Shortly after his death, friend and longtime broadcast partner Pat Hughes said, “He absolutely loved the Cubs. The Cubs have lost their biggest fan. He considered going to games therapeutic. He enjoyed himself in the booth right to the end.”
At the time of his death, Santo still hadn’t been elected to the Hall of Fame. Though players and members of the Cubs organization lobbied for Santo’s induction, the longtime Cub never saw his name in Cooperstown.
Just two days after the one-year anniversary of his death, however, Santo was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee.
The nine-time All Star played 15 seasons, amassing a .277 batting average with 1,331 RBIs, 342 home runs and 2,254 career hits.
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