Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Ron Santo is voted into the Hall of Fame
Ron Santo was elected posthumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday with 93.8 percent of the vote from the Golden Era committee.
Nominees needed at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected (12 or more). Santo receiving 15 of 16 votes.
Santo will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 22
Santo will be the 47th Hall of Famer to have played for the Cubs.
Former Cubs teammate and Hall of Famer Billy Williams was on the committe that elected Santo. He said that the discussion, prior to Sunday's vote, went far beyond Santo's perfrormance on the field.
"Everybody saw the numbers, the home runs, the Gold Gloves. But I think they looked at (him) with a different view." Williams said.
Santo is the first Cubs third baseman to represent the team. During his 15-year career, he was a nine-time All-Star who amassed 342 home runs and five Gold Glove awards.
Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Maricahl echoed the sentiment of many, that it was a shame Santo was not still alive to appreciate the honor.
"He played to win," Marichal said. "He gave 100 percent on the field, at the plate, running the bases. He was the type of player I wish I could have had on my side."
Results of the voting: Santo (15 votes, 93.75%); Jim Kaat (10 votes, 62.5%); Gil Hodges (9 votes, 56.25%); Minnie Minoso (9 votes, 56.25%); Tony Oliva (8 votes, 50%); Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each received fewer than three votes.