As a boy, Santo worked for the Seattle Rainiers in various roles including bat boy and clubhouse helper. He signed with the Cubs out of high school for a $20,000 signing bonus, and went on to a career as a nine-time All-Star, with five Gold Gloves and 342 home runs.
During much of Santo’s career, he kept secret from the public that he had been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes as a teenager. In later years, he worked to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, helping raise more than $60 million for research through the annual Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Santo died on December 2, 2010 at the age of 70 from complications of bladder cancer.
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