It will be a bittersweet moment in Cooperstown today as Ron Santo is posthumously inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame. Something that should have happened years ago is taking place a year and a half after his passing.
The Cubs media guides lists a few of his career highlights including...
- During the 15 years of his playing career, he was one of only four players to have 2,000 hits, 300 homers, and 1,300 RBIs. The other three are already in the Hall
- He is one of only two third baseman to have 300 homers and five Gold Gloves. HOFer Mike Schmidt was the other
- He led the NL in assists for seven straight seasons
- Nine All Star appearances
More fans today knew Santo as a broadcaster (though I must use that term loosely) than as a player. He wasn't the most articulate man, but you didn't need fancy words to tell how the game was going; you could just tell by the tone of his voice.
As of today, there are 47 players in the Hall that wore Cubbie blue. Few if any of them bled and died Cubbie blue like Ron Santo.