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|Ron Santo |
Franklin High School, 1958
Ron Santo’s life accomplishments and baseball career shine brighter than any Washington state baseball player’s.
Santo, a 1958 graduate of Franklin High School, spent 15 years in the big leagues. He was a nine-time Major League Baseball All-Star, a five-time Gold Glove winner and hit 342 major league homeruns – the most by anyone from the state of Washington.
Santo was a standout three-sport star at Franklin High School, participating in football, basketball and baseball. He earned four baseball letters at Franklin and was named to the All-City team three times. He led the Quakers to three City Championships (1955, 1956 and 1957) and the 1956 and 1957 Postseason Championships (played between Seattle schools and the Puget Sound League). Santo earned six other varsity letters as a member of the Franklin football and basketball teams.
Santo signed with the Cubs after his graduation in 1958, having attracted the scouts’ attention during a high school all-star game in New York. Those were the days before the draft, and all 16 teams sent representatives to the Santo home to try to lure him to their organizations.
Santo is one of only three players to have his playing number retired by the Chicago Cubs and is a member of the Italian-American, Franklin High School and Chicago Halls of Fame.
Currently, Santo is the radio broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs and is waiting for the day the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.
Santo, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes shortly after signing his professional contract, played his entire career taking daily insulin injections. In recent years his legs were amputated below the knee due to complications arising from diabetes. He has devoted himself to the cause of finding a cure for this disease by helping to raise over $50 million with his involvement in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.