Friday, December 3, 2010

Ron Santo (1940-2010)

Ron Santo, the former Chicago Cubs third baseman who went on to become a broadcaster for the Cubs, died at the age of 70.

Santo's broadcast partner, Pat Hughes, told the Chicago Tribune that "he absolutely loved the Cubs." "The Cubs have lost their biggest fan."

Santo played for the Cubs from 1960 through 1973. A nine-time All-Star, he batted. He had 277 home runs in his 15-year career, with 342 home runs and 1,331 runs batted in, and he won five Gold Glove Awards for defense.

There was never any doubt that Ron Santo was anything but a lifelong Cubby. He is probably the most deserving player who is not in the Hall of Fame.

Ron always had a great smile (just look at his Topps baseball cards; this is a ball player who loved the game) and loved his job as a radio broadcaster for WGN. He will be greatly missed.

RIP Ron. You are a Hall of Famer to me and plenty of others.