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This Old Cub (2004)

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On a baseball team not often cited for its great players, Ron Santo was a hero and a legend. As a third baseman for the Chicago Cubs, Santo played 14 seasons (1960 through 1974), made the All-Star team nine times, earned five Gold Gloves, and in 1965 became the team's youngest ever captain. While Santo was establishing himself as one of the Cub's greatest players, he was also hiding a secret -- in 1958, the same year Ron signed with the Cubs organization, he was diagnosed with diabetes, but refused to tell his fellow players or the team's physicians for fear of being bumped from the team. In 1971, as the Cubs celebrated Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field, the baseball great finally went public with his condition, becoming a leading Midwest spokesman and fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 1990, Santo renewed his association with the Chicago Cubs as a commentator for the team's home games on radio station WGN, and in 2003, he became one of only three Cubs players to have their number officially retired. This Old Cub is a documentary about Ron Santo's remarkable life and career, not only examining his years as a player and broadcaster, but his longtime struggle with the disease that has cost him a leg but has failed to break his spirit, and the crusade by fans and admirers to see Santo inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Noted Cubs enthusiasts Bill Murray, Dennis Franz, and Gary Sinese, and baseball legends Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, and Tommy Lasorda are interviewed onscreen; actor Joe Mantegna narrates.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
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Written By: Tim Comstock, Jeff Santo, Tim Comstock
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On DVD: Aug 2, 2005
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Emerging Pictures - Official Site

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

Jeff [Santo] said he purposely avoided taking a son's perspective, which leaves him without much perspective at all.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
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You don't have to be a fan of Ron Santo, the Cubs or even baseball to appreciate this warm and winning tribute to Jeff Santo's dad.

August 27, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The problem with the movie for anyone but Cub crazies is that son Jeff gives us no perspective.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Denver Post
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A heartfelt tribute to both the player and the man.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Competent but innocuous feature begins to overstay welcome at the 60-minute mark.

Full Review… | August 11, 2004
Variety
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Though at times sentimental, the documentary is a terrific character sketch, capturing both the rough edges and the compassion of its subject.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for This Old Cub

Although I don't think the documentary was very well made, the story it tells can speak for itself. What Ron Santo had to go through during his baseball career was incredible, and he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame more than any other player I know who hasn't graced the halls of Copperstown yet.

½

A movie about the great Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs... who should be in the Hall of Fame!!! Of course I am gonna rate this high. Awesome movie directors by Ronnie's son.

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Jason Sanders

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