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Picture of the Day: Cubs honor Hall of Famer Ron Santo

Jul 22, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

The Cubs are wearing a small patch on the left sleeve of their jerseys Sunday in honor of the now deceased Ron Santo, who was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame this morning in Cooperstown, New York. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune passes along this photo from the visitor’s clubhouse at Busch Stadium:


The Cubs will also click their heels when taking the field in tribute to Santo and his signature move.

  1. buccaneerz78 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    2200 hits and 277 avg,, 342 hr.. No mvp’s , no ring.. And why is this guy a hall of famer again???

    • raysfan1 - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      9 times an all star, 4 gold gloves, 66.6 career WAR, and widely recognized as one of the best defensive third basemen ever, that’s why. Also, he played in a pitchers’ era, so take that into account when you consider his home run totals.

    • 78mu - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      He was the best all around 3b for a number of years between the prime of Eddie Mathews and the arrival of Mike Schmidt. That includes Brooks Robinson who is deservedly in the HOF.

    • larryboodry - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      A comparison of Ron’s #s with the other HOF third basemen of his era, and those who came along right after:

      Brooks Robinson (23 seasons) – 16 Gold Gloves, 1 MVP Season avg: 124 H 59 RBI 12 HR 37 BB 13 GIDP

      Ron Santo (15 seasons) – 5 Gold Gloves Season avg: 150 H 89 RBI 23 HR 74 BB 17 GIDP

      Mike Schmidt (18 seasons) – 10 Gold Gloves, 3 MVPs Season avg: 124 H 89 RBI 30 HR 84 BB 9 GIDP

      George Brett (21 seasons) – 1 Gold Glove, 1 MVP Season avg: 150 H 76 RBI 15 HR 52 BB 11 GIDP

      Wade Boggs (18 seasons) – 2 Gold Gloves Season Avg. 167 H 56 RBI 7 HR 78 BB 13 GIDP

      Eddie Mathews (17 seasons) – 0 Gold Gloves, 0 MVPs Season avg: 136 H 85 RBI 30 HR 85 BB 7 GIDP

      Only Schmidt and Mathews averaged more HRs per season, only Boggs averaged more hits…Santo and Schmidt each averaged 89 RBIs, Mathews averaged 85. In short, Ron Santo played 15 seasons, averaging 149 games played, and made 9 All-Star teams, all while fighting the diabetes that ultimately took his legs, and then his life. He belongs, and that’s why.

      • larryboodry - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:26 AM

        Clarification…Ron died from cancer, not diabetes…Sorry for the bad info…Awesome speech by Vickie Santo at his induction.

    • thefalcon123 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      …because he wasn’t a first baseman in the 1990s.

      You know how Ozzie Smith is in the hall of fame and no one really complains about it even though he hit .262 with like negative home runs in his career? This is because he was both brilliant defensively and *an above average offense player at his position*. You see, even though his numbers were worse than outfielders and first baseman, they were better than most shortstops during his era.

      Now, Ron Santo was not the defensive wiz Ozzie was…few were. But he was excellent defensively and incredibly excellent when compared to his contemporary 3rd baseman. Actually, that’s an understatement…*He was the best third baseman of his era*.

      Not much hitting was happening in the 1960s, therefore, 1 run had more value in 1967 than it did in 1998. His numbers were very impressive when put into context for his era. If you are one of the 10 best players of all time at your position like Santo, it’s pretty hard to exclude you from the hall of fame.

    • dexterismyhero - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      buccaneerz78………go back to the PFT site……you obviously know nothing about baseball…

      • buccaneerz78 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        Ever heard of that team in pittsburgh? With a Pirate? Or otherwise called a BUC for short. I do agree with your TV show though. Great show.

  2. florida76 - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Ron Santo was a deserving selection to the HOF, but would have likely made it sooner had the 1969 Cubs held on for the NL East title. The Cubs had struggled for years since their last postseason appearance, so this would have been significant, even if Chicago had lost the NLCS to Atlanta.

    The Cubs blew it in September, losing 11 of 12, as the Mets passed them in the standings. During that hideous streak, Santo and Banks failed to execute when the club needed them most. Together, they went 12-75, with Santo 7-34. The Cubs never recovered from this streak, and the Mets left them in the dust.

  3. cardslifer - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Cards fan talking here. It’s unfortunate not everyone was able to enjoy Ron beyond his playing years. One of the best parts of the Cards/Cubs rivalry was to listen to Ron. The passion he had was untouched by many. His fight with health may have also went unnoticed to many, but it showed more character than you could ever imagine. Being a Cards fan means you don’t really see eye to eye with many things with the Cubs but one thing I can appreciate was Ron’s spirit and his true love for the game.

    Sad to see he didn’t make it in before he passed because we know if he didn’t make it in before he passed, he didn’t want in at all. Sorry you didn’t get a chance to see yourself make it in Ron. America’s favorite past time lost a true voice in the foundation of what baseball is all about Some things go beyond numbers, and if there’s anyone who desereves it more beyond that point, let me know.

    RIP Ron. From Cardsnation, me miss ya bud.

    • jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Class act, bud. It always makes me happy seeing someone that can recognise and appreciate the little things of this great game. Being able to have respect and admire someone from your rival’s team is about the best, classiest form of sportsmanship in the game. Kudos.

  4. irishdodger - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I believe third base is the least represented position of HoF inductees. Santo was an excellent third baseman & put up great numbers at the plate in an era where pitchers dominated with higher mounds. The numbers don’t impress when compared vs the steroid era numbers, but he’s HoF worthy in my opinion….& I’m a Dodgers fan.

  5. charlescub80 - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Awww.. Now buccaneerz looks like a fool. Guess you can’t fault someone for asking a question they know nothing about.

    • larryboodry - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:53 AM

      Funny that 7 out of 8 comments rebuking buccaneerz and his ‘question’ have all received exactly 1 ‘thumbs down’ to this point…Wonder if it’s him refusing to admit the truth?

      • buccaneerz78 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        Actually its not, It was just an honest question. Everyone is entitled to there opinion. I understand he was a “good” player. But my point is why did it take this long, you can repost his numbers all you want, I KNOW and understand the numbers. That is why I think its a stretch to put him in. I understand the health struggles he played through and I get that. But Hall of Famer? I still dont see it. The Hall has become watered down as of recently in my opinion. But again,,,, Just an opinion.

      • thefalcon123 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Oh God…

        The hall of fame has been “watered down” for a looong time

        Chick Hafey: Inducted 1971
        Freddie Lindstrom: Inducted in 1976
        Jim Bottomley: Inducted in 1974
        Lloyd Waner: Inducted in 1967
        Jack Chesbro: Inducted in 1947
        Dizzy Dean: Inducted in 1953
        Rabbit Maranville: Inducted in 1954

        Go look up their numbers (and many others) and come back and say that Ron Santo has watered down the hall…

  6. buccaneerz78 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    @thefalcon123= Even though Ozzie had 13 gold gloves and 15 all star appearances and a ring compared to santo’s 4 gold gloves and 9 all stars and no ring, I was starting to see your point…. But after your last post I’m back to where I was originally. Hall of “the very good” …

    • buccaneerz78 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      5 gold gloves….

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