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Ron is in the Hall.  About stinkin’ time! Ron Santo was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

Ron Santo Hall of Fame Third Baseman for the Chicago Cubs

I blogged about Ron Santo after his passing last year (Ron Santo 1940-2010).  He has long been passed by in voting even though his numbers are very similar to Brooks Robinson.  Carrie Muskat reported:

“Hall of Famer Billy Williams, Santo’s former teammate, was on the 16-member Golden Era Committee, and campaigned for the third baseman. Williams was joined on the committee by Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton. Major League executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael and Al Rosen, and veteran media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck also were on the committee. A 75 percent vote was needed, which, in this instance, would be 12 votes.”

Ron Santo joins his teammates Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, and Billy Williams in the Hall of Fame.  I am thrilled for him.

1969 Cubs Banks Jenkins Santo WilliamsI’m pretty sure this would have been Santo’s reaction were he alive to hear the news.

Ron Santo Clicking His Heels

Congrats Ron Santo.

Until later friends…

Ron Santo passed away last night.  You probably don’t know who Ron Santo is.  Ron Santo was the best Third Baseman the Chicago Cubs have ever had, and compared to Harry Steinfeldt and Aramis Ramirez, that’s saying something.  Ron Santo is part of a generation of baseball at its finest.  He never used steroids, and he always treated fans well.  He was a member of the Cubs with Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Fergie Jenkins that brought the Cubs agonizingly close to a World Series.  You might know him because of the Black Cat Curse:

Ron Santo was a heck of a player with great career numbers.  He deserves to be in the Cooperstown, and I expect that they will finally get around to doing it now that he has passed on.  As a Cubs fan, Ron Santo has been one of my favorite sports personalities for a while.  He had a great wit, tenacity, and he was always great to fans.  So, here’s to you Mr. Santo. You will be missed.

Until later friends…

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