Cubs plan Santo statue
Posted on: January 15, 2011 12:37 pm
Cubs great Ron Santo will join elite company in August, becoming the fourth person honored with a statue at Wrigley Field. His likeness will join those of Ernie Banks, Harry Caray and Billy Williams.
Santo, who died December 3, played 14 years for the Cubs and spent 20 years in their broadcast booth. He also was known for his charitable efforts, raising more than $40 million for research on diabetes, with which he struggled all his life.
The Cubs also will wear a patch on their uniforms next season honoring Santo.
"Ron Santo will always be remembered as an extraordinary player, as the ultimate Cub fan and for his tireless commitment towards juvenile diabetes research," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said. "On behalf of the Cubs organization, we are proud to honor Ron Santo with a statue of his likeness at Wrigley Field, so that future generations can remember his remarkable legacy on and off the field."
The statue will be unveiled prior to an August 10 game against the Nationals.
-- David Andriesen