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Cubs’ Broadcaster Faces Surgery

June 25, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago Cubs radio broadcaster Ron Santo will undergo heart bypass surgery Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The former Cubs third baseman suffered a mild heart attack on Monday and admitted himself into a hospital in Denver, where he was broadcasting Chicago’s three-game series with Colorado.

Since returning to Chicago on Thursday, Santos has been receiving treatment at Northwestern Memorial. It was unclear whether Santo would remain in the hospital over the weekend, a Cubs spokesman said.

A hospital spokeswoman referred all questions about Santo to the Cubs.

Santo, a nine-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, became the team’s radio announcer 10 years ago.

Santo, 59, has a history of diabetes and recently underwent an angiogram that revealed a minor blockage of one artery.

While Santo recovers, his commentator’s job in the radio booth is being handled by Randy Hundley, Santo’s former teammate on the Cubs.

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