This Old Cub

This Old Cub

Director: Jeff Santo Cast: Joe Mantegna, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2005
UPC: 0037429212226
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Homevision
Time: 1:31:00

Special Features

Behind the scenes; Added interviews; Bonus footage; Filmmaker's commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Mantegna Narrator
Bill Murray Interviewee
Brian Doyle-Murray Interviewee
Joel Murray Interviewee
Dennis Farina Interviewee
Gary Sinise Interviewee
Dennis Franz Interviewee
William Petersen Interviewee
Chris Berman Interviewee
Ron Santo Participant
Tom Dreeson Participant
Ernie Banks Participant
Johnny Bench Participant
Brooks Robinson Participant
Tommy Lasorda Participant
Willie Mays Participant
Willie McCovey Participant
Joe Morgan Participant

Technical Credits
Jeff Santo Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Terry Athas Executive Producer
John Bissell Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Cibelli Editor
Tim Comstock Producer,Screenwriter
Garett Griffin Cinematographer
Hollywood Heard Cinematographer,Co-producer
Joe Mantegna Co-producer
Terry Pratt Cinematographer
Bill Pullano Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Take Me Out To The Ball Game [2:12]
2. This Is Gonna Be The Year [3:46]
3. There's Something About Chicago [4:09]
4. Captain of The Cubs [4:34]
5. 1969 [11:56]
6. Santo Loses Second Leg [7:13]
7. A Man Who Would Never Give Up [8:49]
8. I Never Cried...Until [7:21]
9. Two Outs, Bottom of The 9th [2:25]
10. A Man and A Cause [1:52]
11. A True Competitor [6:10]
12. It's What You Have In Your Heart [2:44]
13. I Have a Question for Ron [10:37]
14. He's Chicago, He's a Cub [3:33]
15. The Call [2:52]
16. #10 [7:31]

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