Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ron Santo funeral procession swings past Wrigley Field

More than 1,000 fans took photos and applauded around noon today as the funeral procession for Cubs broadcaster Ron Santo stopped at Wrigley Field following his funeral in downtown Chicago.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports fans were lined two and three deep at Addison and Clark Streets as the hearse, with two No. 10 flags waving from its front end, circled the Friendly Confines in a final goodbye.

Santo, 70, died last Friday in Arizona from complications of bladder cancer. On Thursday, thousands of fans streamed past his coffin, covered by a banner with his name and uniform number, during a nine-hour visitation period at Holy Name Cathedral.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and WGN play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes spoke at Friday morning's funeral at the cathedral.

"However you remember him, please do so with a big smile on your face. He would have liked that very much," said Hughes, Santo's broadcast partner the last 15 years, after telling a few of his favorite Santo stories.

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