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Hall Of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins remember their friend and teammate Ron Santo
12/03/2010 2:16 PM ET

Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins today released the following statements remembering their friend and teammate Ron Santo.

"It certainly is a sad day for everyone who knows and loves Ron Santo," said Banks. "Ronnie has been a friend of mine for more than 50 years and is like a brother to me. Ronnie's entire life was dedicated to his wonderful family, the Chicago Cubs and their outstanding fans.

"On the field, Ronnie was one of the greatest competitors I've ever seen. Off the field, he was as generous as anyone you would want to know. His work for diabetes research seemed unparalleled. Ronnie was always there for you, and through his struggles, he was always upbeat, positive and caring. I learned a lot about what it means to be a caring, decent human being from Ron Santo."

"Ronnie's passing is a tremendous loss, not only for the Cubs but for all of baseball," said Williams. "He is a man who devoted his entire life to the game, to the Cubs and to the great Cubs fans. He's going to be missed by a lot of people.

"What I learned from Ronnie is he loved the game, he loved the people in the game and he loved the fans of the game - he enjoyed every moment until the last day of his life. When it came to his beloved Cubs, you never had to look at the scoreboard to know the score of the game - you could simply listen to the tone of his voice. Ronnie was a great friend and will be greatly missed."

"This is a very sad day for Cubs fans and baseball fans everywhere," said Jenkins. "Ronnie, number 10, was and always will be a Chicago legend. He was a tough player, he wanted to play and contribute every day, and he never let any obstacles stand in his way.

"Ronnie was one of the leaders on our team. Leo Durocher made him the captain, and he took that role very seriously. As an announcer, Ronnie wore his heart on his sleeve. Off the field, his contributions to diabetes research were unmatched. Ronnie will always be remembered as one of the best third basemen the Cubs have ever had, and his number 10 flag flies above Wrigley Field as a tribute to Ronnie."

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