Former Cubs great Santo to be honored with statue

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CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo will be honored with a statue of his likeness outside Wrigley Field as well as on a patch the club will wear on their uniforms for the 2011 season.

Santo passed away at the age of 70 in early December after battling bladder cancer.

A Seattle native, Santo played third base for the Cubs from 1960 through 1973, then spent his final season with the White Sox. He joined the Cubs radio broadcast team in 1990 and became an iconic figure for the team's fans, suffering through the club's many failures and cheering them in victory.

The statue will be unveiled on August 10, which has been designated Ron Santo Day, prior to a game against the Washington Nationals. He will join Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Harry Caray as the only franchise legends to be so honored.

The patch will be worn starting in spring training.

Despite his many health issues, which included diabetes that resulted in dual leg amputations, Santo was expected to return to the broadcast booth in 2011. The nine-time National League All-Star selection also won five Gold Glove Awards during his 15-year career. He hit 342 career home runs, batted .277 and drove in 1,331 runs.

The Cubs retired his uniform number 10 in 2003.


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