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Cubs announcer Ron Santo dies

Updated: December 5, 2010, 11:03 AM ET
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CHICAGO -- Ron Santo, one of the greatest players in Chicago Cubs history and a longtime WGN radio announcer whose devotion to the perennial losers was made obvious night after night by his excited shouts or dejected laments, has died. He was 70.

"Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement Friday. He praised Santo for "his passion, his loyalty, his great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humor."

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