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Ron Santo, a man of great pride until the very end…

Dec 26, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

Jose Cuevas

Published late Christmas Eve, this inspiring story on Ron Santo’s passing from the Arlington Heights Daily Herald flew largely under the radar during the holiday weekend.

Let’s bring it back to light.

The obituaries will tell you that the Cubs legend passed away on December 2, but Santo’s immediate family knows the real truth.

At 8:30 p.m. on December 2, a Thursday night, the Santo kids said goodbye to their father and doctors pulled the 70-year-old off life support.

But he refused to give up his battle against bladder cancer and beat the odds into early Friday morning.

“They said he could not breathe without the machine,” Jeff Santo told the Herald. “Not only was he breathing but his blood pressure was perfect.

“We were like, ‘What’s going on here?’

“I kept saying to the doctor, ‘The brain tells the body to breathe. The brain isn’t working. So how is this happening? What’s making him breathe?’

“It was very draining. Vicki would say, ‘Ron, it’s OK. You can go.’ We’d say, ‘Dad, it’s time. Let go. You can rest now.’

“My sister Linda had been through a lot and my dad and her had such a strong bond. But she was drained. We had to get her out of the room.

“After about three hours, Vicki and I talked about it, and she was right. He wouldn’t want us staying there staring at him.

“He’d say, ‘Get the heck out of here.’ So we all agreed that it was time to go. We said our goodbyes at 12:30 Friday morning.”

Ron Santo died at 12:40 a.m., Friday, December 3, just 10 minutes after his wife and children left his bedside.  He was a fighter, an inspiration and a man of pride from start to finish.
  1. raysfan1 - Dec 26, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    May his family have peace and comfort after such a loss.

    Dear Veterans Committee,
    Shame on you for not getting him into the HoF while he was still physically here to enjoy it.

    • Old Gator - Dec 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

      Just another disgrace the anencephalic assholes on the veteran’s committee can pile on top of their Olympian heap of disgraces. This one can be dropped right next to Buck O’Neil.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 27, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    The Cubs will never be the same. Nor will Chicago.

    Thanks for everything Ron – it was an honor cheering for the same team together for as long as we did.

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