Thousands of Cubs fans crowded around Wrigley Field Wednesday. Before the start of the Cubs-Nationals game, longtime Chicago Cubs legend , Ron Santo was given the ultimate honor. He was permanently enshrined in front of the stadium that he loved. Santo ‘s family was there for the unveiling of the statue located on Addison and Sheffield ,next to the Captain Morgan Club.
Santo had made his claim to fame as an outfielder with the Cubs for fifteen years. He is slated to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame very soon and was also the recipient of the Golden Glove award. Following his retirement , Santo continued to show his love for the team by being an announcer for WGN Radio at Cubs games.
Other than baseball, Santo ‘s other passion was helping raise money for diabetes. Being diagnosed with juvenille diabetes , Santo became an advocate for the disease and established the Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes. This walk has raised over fifty million dollars. Sadly enough, Santo passed away in December, 2010 from cancer.
Ron would have been proud because his beloved “Cubbies” were victorious over the Nationals 2 to 4. Ron’s grandson, Sam Brown threw the first pitch to his grandfather’s friend Kerry Wood.