Ron Santo RIP

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Chicago Cubs icon Ron Santo passed away after slipping into a coma.  He was suffering from bladder cancer.  Mr. Santo had a second career as a Cubs announcer and number one Cub’s fan.  Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood once wrote, advocating for Santo’s induction into the Hall of Fame: “He’s the epitome of Chicago baseball. He’s still part of the team. He lives and dies with it. In fact, I think we’ve put him in the hospital a few times. He should get in just for that.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Build a big fire on home plate out of your Louisville Sluggers baseball bats,
And toss my coffin in
Let my ashes blow in a beautiful snow
From the prevailing 30 mile an hour southwest wind
When my last remains go flying over the left-field wall
Will bid the bleacher bums adieu
And I will come to my final resting place, out on Waveland Avenue…

Don’t Cry, we’ll meet by and by near the Heavenly Hall of Fame
He said, “I’ve got season’s tickets to watch the Angels now,
So its just what I’m going to do…” From a Dying Cub’s Fan’s Last Request, Steve Goodman

 


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About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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