Former Chicago Cubs third baseman, and long-time WGN Radio color guy, Ron Santo was one of the most beloved players in the history of the franchise.
While Santo’s numbers may not have been astronomical, those numbers and his outstanding defensive ability, combined with his stature as a fan favorite, have finally earned him a place in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Santo received 15 of the possible 16 votes from Major League Baseball’s Veterans Committee and will be formally inducted into the Hall during a ceremony slated for July 22, 2012.
Ron Santo truly loved the game of baseball and made it his life’s work– enriching the lives of many with whom he came in contact over the years.
From his famous heel-click on the run from the dugout to his place at third base, to his endearing shows of emotion over the air waves throughout his time working with Pat Hughes on Cubs’ radio broadcasts, Santo’s passion for baseball was unparalleled.
In my opinion, Ron Santo should have been voted into the Hall long ago, when he was still healthy enough to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
With his passing in 2011, this opportunity also passed, but regardless, Ron Santo is now right where he belongs– in Cooperstown, New York.