This Old Cub
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jeff [Santo] said he purposely avoided taking a son's perspective, which leaves him without much perspective at all."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A heartfelt tribute to both the player and the man."
‑ John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
"This Old Cub is admirable for its profile of a man who's still pushing on, even after all the adversity he faced."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Ron's story goes beyond the world of sports."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Genial but wandering and woefully edited... one simply wishes This Old Cub asked a few more actual questions of its old diehard Cub subject."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"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."
‑ Mark Wolf, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Competent but innocuous feature begins to overstay welcome at the 60-minute mark."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"...the exclusion of Santo from the HOF is the single biggest injustice ever perpetuated by the voters"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Ron Santo personifies Hemingway's claim that 'Man can be defeated but not destroyed'"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"It's hard to imagine a public figure letting anybody but a family member capture these private moments on film."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The problem with the movie for anyone but Cub crazies is that son Jeff gives us no perspective."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Though at times sentimental, the documentary is a terrific character sketch, capturing both the rough edges and the compassion of its subject."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"A must-have for Cubs fans who fondly remember Ron Santo."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"From the "labor of love" file...This Old Cub focuses on what Santo means to the Cubs organization and the bleacher bums, and what the team and the fans mean to Santo."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"I barely knew who Ron Santo was before I saw this. Now, he's one of my new heroes."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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