12/3 Statement from Ricketts family
Here’s a statement from the Ricketts family regarding Ron Santo, who passed away Thursday.
“My siblings and I first knew Ron Santo as fans, listening to him in the broadcast booth. We knew him for his passion, his loyalty, his great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humor. It was our great honor to get to know him personally in our first year as owners.
“Ronnie will forever be in the heart and soul of Cubs fans. Our thoughts and prayers today are with his wife Vicki and their family as we share with fans across the globe in mourning the loss of our team’s No. 1 fan and one of the greatest third basemen to ever play the game.
“As a nine-time All-Star, a five-time Gold Glove winner, Ronnie was one of the best Cubs and a Hall of Famer in our book.
“Since he retired, he was a powerful spokesperson for Juvenile Diabetes Research. For the last 21 years, his love for baseball and passion for the Cubs was felt in every one of his broadcasts.
“In the days and seasons ahead, we will honor Ron and celebrate all he has meant to our team and our fans. Ron’s No. 10 will always be close to our hearts and Ron will forever be a member of the Cubs family.”
— Carrie Muskat