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On this day: December 3

Published On: Dec 02 2012 10:34:22 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 03 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

Laurel and Hardy team up, a human heart is transplanted for the first time, an assassin targets Bob Marley, and the first text message is sent via phone, all on this day.

OTD December 3 - Ron Santo
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2010: Former major-league third baseman Ron Santo, who played from 1960 to 1974, all but the last year with the Chicago Cubs, dies due to complications from bladder cancer and diabetes at age 70 in Scottsdale, Ariz. A nine-time National League All-Star, he led the league in walks four times, in on-base percentage twice and in triples once. He was the second player at his position to hit 300 career home runs, joining Eddie Mathews, and also ended his career ranking second to Mathews among third basemen in slugging average (.464) and third in runs batted in (1,331), total bases (3,779) and walks (1,108). From 1990 until his death, he was a member of the Cubs broadcasting team. While Santo initially garnered little support for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, he was eventually posthumously inducted by the Golden Era Committee in 2012. He's seen here (left) with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in 2004.

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