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Commissioner's statement regarding Ron Santo
12/03/2010 2:36 PM ET

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo at the age of 70:

"I am truly saddened by the loss of my dear friend Ron Santo, who represented all the goodwill of baseball and the Chicago Cubs franchise. He was a magnificent, consistent ballplayer - a nine-time All-Star, a great power hitter and a five-time Gold Glove winner. Ron's playing and broadcasting careers shared a common thread: in both capacities, he was a staple of the Cubs' experience every single day. I enjoyed our many phone conversations and all the times when I visited him in the booth at Wrigley Field and during Spring Training.

"Ron, who overcame so much in his life, was always there for me during challenging times. I will forever cherish his friendship and marvel at his remarkable work in the fight against diabetes. On behalf of all of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife Vicki, their four children, their grandchildren, and to all the fans of the Cubs."

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