‘This Old Cub,’ He Played Ball!

Sales of Santo Documentary Benefit Diabetes Research

| Apr 1, 2005

If you read Diabetes Health, live in Illinois and love baseball, then you know Ron Santo.

The legendary Chicago Cubs third baseman and current Chicago Cubs announcer is the subject of a new documentary film, available on DVD, that was directed by his son, Jeff Santo.

Called “This Old Cub,” the documentary was shot over a span of nine months as Santo was recovering from having his second leg amputated due to complications from diabetes. The film tells of Santo’s storied career as a nine-time All-Star third baseman and five-time Golden Glove winner for the Cubs.

Santo, who was only the third Chicago Cub to have his number retired, was the first openly diabetic baseball player. He played at a time when much less was known about how to keep diabetes in control.

Famous Chicagoans who participated in the film include Joe Mantegna (who narrates the film), Bill Murray, Dennis Farina, Gary Sinise, Dennis Franz and William Petersen. Baseball legends such as Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Brooks Robinson, Joe Morgan, Willie McCovey, Johnny Bench, Tommy La Sorda and Willie Mays also provide commentary.

Santo has been an active fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the past 30 years and has helped to raise over $60 million for the organization.

“This Old Cub” costs $24.99 and can be ordered from www.thisoldcub.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to the JDRF.

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