Ron Santo was arguably the best 3rd baseman in the National League during the 1960s. During his 14 seasons with the Chicago Cubs (1960-73), and Chicago White Sox (1974) he totaled 342 home runs, 1331 RBI and hit for a .277 avg. He had 8 seasons with 25 or more home runs, and drove in 90 or more runs 8 times (including over 100 4 times). He was selected to the NL All-Star squad 9 times and was awarded 5 Gold Gloves. He was one of the mainstays of the Cubs teams during the 60s, and became one of the most beloved figures in franchise history. After his playing days were over he became a broadcaster for the team on WGN Radio. He also became an inspiration to baseball fans everywhere with his courage and positive attitude through the course of many health problems that included cancer, heart issues, and a lifelong fight with diabetes that eventually caused him to need both of his legs to be amputated. His #10 was retired by the Cubs in 2003 and a statue in his honor was erected outside of Wrigley Field in 2011. He was elected to Cooperstown via the Veteran’s Committee in 2012.
Santo’s ashes are spread around the third base area at his beloved Wrigley Field in Chicago.
August 21, 2014