Ron Santo Elected to the Hall of Fame

According to multiple reports, Ron Santo has been elected into the Hall of Fame. This has to be a bittersweet day for the Santo family as he should have been the one receiving the call from the hall. Santo passed away one year and two days ago and one could only imagine how happy he would have been to finally be on his way to Cooperstown.

Ron Santo, the player, should have been enshrined a long time ago. There are many theories as to why Santo was not elected over the years but the bottom line is the numbers Santo put up during his career are very comparable to Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. Robinson was inducted into Cooperstown in 1983.

Ron Santo received 15 of 16 votes and will be inducted on July 22. Santo was the only player elected by the Golden Era Committee.

Today’s announcement is about Ron Santo the player, not the Cubs’ broadcaster or fan favorite.

During his 15-year career, Ron Santo compiled a .277/.362/.464/.826 line with 365 doubles, 67 triples, 342 home runs and 1331 RBI … with the Cubs, .279/.366/.472/.838 with 353 doubles, 66 triples and 337 home runs in 2126 games.

Ron Santo was a nine-time All-Star, finished in the top 10 four times in MVP voting, finishing as high as fourth in 1967. Santo won five consecutive gold gloves (1964-1968) and finished in the top three in batting average in the National League three times. Santo led the league in OBP in 1964 and 1966 and finished in the top ten seven times (1964-1969, 1972). Santo also finished in the top 10 in OPS five times (1964-1967, 1972), finishing as high as second in 1964 with a .962 OPS.

From 1963-1969 Santo finished in the top 10 in the NL in home runs and from 1964-1967 only Willie Mays (158), Harmon Killebrew (157), Frank Robinson (141) and Hank Aaron (139) hit more longballs than Ron Santo (124).

Ron Santo said when the Cubs retired his number back in 2003 that was his Hall of Fame.

Ron Santo is now in the Hall of Fame and it is well deserved but I would have liked to have seen him stand at the podium and have another day under the sun.

There is no doubt about it … Ron Santo is clicking his heels today.

Quote of the Day

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
Share on Fancred
  • Bobby P

    Well-deserved! Congrats to the Santo family.

    It’s still a shame it took them so long. The fact that he had to pass away for them to get their act together is a damn shame, but he deserves to be in.

    • Ed Kurcz

      So before he died his numbers were no good but now they are? Shame on all those that voted against for decades and how his family must feel now. Good ole #10 is in heaven and is clicking his heels because he knows that his judgement day will be soon when he gets to vote on you egotistical arrogant F &%$#* Heads!! So was Joe Morgan the only one???

      • Bobby P

        Joe Morgan was against Ryno. As far as I know, he was in favor of Santo’s HoF status. Just FYI.

        Edit: It doesn’t make Joe Morgan any less of a moron though… ;)

        • Mark

          I know personally, that every time Morgan saw Ron, he always told him that,”I voted in Ron”  Santo just shook his head and said, “BULLSHIT!” 

  • John G

    The only one elected too. It’s about time. Damn shame he won’t be up there to accept it.

    I cried.

  • John G

    15 out of 17 votes. That’s a landslide.

    • Bobby P

      Makes you wonder why he couldn’t get elected sooner…

    • John G

      Excuse me, that was 15 out of 16. Makes you wonder who the idiot was that didn’t vote for him. Was Joe Morgan on that committee?

      • Last_ginger

        I believe Joe Morgan is apart of the Golden Era committee

      • Brp921

        Joe Morgan has no class. I remember him stating publicly his opinion as to why Ryne Sandberg should not be elected to the HOF right away. I thought at the time that as a former 2B he should not be commenting. It was clear that he wanted to continue to be considered the best 2Bman ever and felt threatened by Sandberg.

        • Last_ginger

          Joe Morgan is a clown. His commentary is downright awful

  • John_CC

    Wow.

    While very happy for the Santo family and those close, this is an injustice. The Hall voters should be ashamed today, for all the years of slighting Santo.

    I wish Pat Hughes could give the acceptance speech. He is as happy as anyone today.

  • Austin

    What a joke. Such a slap in the face to Ron Santo, his family, and any Cubs and Santo fans. We all knew it would happen this way. Congrats Ron nonetheless, but this is a shameful and pitiful way to do it. Guilted votes by the selection committee. Terrible.

  • Nathan

    Should be up there and wish he was! But I am so happy today knowing he is finally in the Hall of Fame! Ron Santo is Cubs baseball ! Congrats Ronny!

  • Bryan
  • cubtex

    Awesome! I am sure Ron Jr., Jeff and Linda are filled with joy today! Congratulations Santo family!

    • paulcatanese

      Must have been a little extra special for you, having met him when you were playing baseball with his son.

      • cubtex

        Yep. I just sent him an email. It is a great day for them.

  • MikeT_2008

    Such a bitter sweet day, I’m elated that Ronnie is finally in but I wish he could be here for it. At least now kids in the future will go to the HOF and be able to see just how good a player Ronnie was.

  • Bobby P

    I don’t know if anybody heard the actual announcement. I heard some of it and it was a very awkward moment.

    I just want to add that this doesn’t make up for the fact that they kept him out so long. That damn veterans committee is no better than the writers who have decided that there will never be a unanimous selection for the hall of fame.

  • cc002600

    Ronnie !!  Ronnie !!!! Ronnie !!!

  • paulcatanese

    Well deserved and a long time coming, but finally here, congratulations to Ron and the Santo family.

  • Nathan

    Look for the Cubs to be big players for gaby sanchez if the Marlins sign Pujols…this is just speculation but I think it would be a really good idea

    Good Young player who had 19 home runs 80 rbis the past two seasons

    I would rather have Mike Stanton but there is no way hes going anywhere

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Williams was asked what Santo’s reaction would have been like: “I think he would click his heels.”

  • John_CC

    What was this committee that voted? 

    • bpot92

      the golden era committee:The committee consists of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton, and Billy Williams. Major league executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael, and Al Rosen are also on the committee. Three media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck.

      not sure if this is completely accurate since it is off wikipedia, but it is hall of gamer players/managers etc…

      • John_CC

        Thanks.  I am wondering how often nominees get to the Golder Ear Committee and how often they elect players.  I guess what I really want to know is if what someone heard on the SCORE is accurate that this committee was put together to elect Ron?

        • Last_ginger

          This was the 1st Golden Era Committee vote. They recently changed the hall of fame voting rules.

        • bpot92

          The Hall of Fame is expected to use this committee in the future many more times. The day after the committee meets, the players chosen will be announced and inducted into the Hall with the regular ballot winners(this year expected to be Barry Larkin and Jack Morris). It will long be usedas a type of Veterans’ Committee for the Hall of Fame.

          Again this is from wikipedia

  • cubs1967

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    somewhere up there today there is a hey-hey-, holy cow, and a heel click.

    #10 Forever……….HOF Ron Santo!

    Go Cubs Go!

  • Aaron

    Grateful it finally happened….heartbroken he is not here to accept. God bless Ronnie and his loving family!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Bruce Miles: Vicki Santo said she believes she will give Hall of Fame speech in Cooperstown

  • Joe S. (San Diego)

    Definitely bittersweet.  THRILLED that he finally made it….but really UPSET that it had to be this way…one year after his death.  I’m sure Ron would want us to celebrate the moment and not be angry with anyone.  I can hear the heels clicking up in heaven now!  

    • Tedtop16

      Congratulations to the Santo family.  He definitely deserves the recognition. Let’s all celebrate a true CUBS in the Hall of Fame.

  • cubtex

    Phillies actively trying to move Polanco to sign ARAM. Doesn’t Polanco fit the type of player Theo likes? He is 37 and would probably cost nothing to aquire.

    • Chadaudio

      I love Polanco’s defense, and think he would be great addition… but I can’t image him coming cheap.  Wasn’t he the starting 3B on the All-Star team this year… and he just won another Gold Glove?

      • cubtex

        Yes he made the all star game…but at his age…how much value does he have? Plus, I am sure the Phillies won’t ask for an arm and a leg because they just want to clear 3rd for ARAM.

        • Chadaudio

          But don’t forget about how scarce the 3B market is right now.  He would arguably be the best 3B on the market… maybe tied with A Ram?

          • daverj

            I’d be concerned about Polanco’s health.  He can’t seem to make it through a season these days.

          • Chadaudio

            Yeah, he’s going to get hurt, but at the right price… it’s no biggie.  I just don’t know that he would come cheap enough

          • cubtex

            The FA market at 3rd is a little scarce…but it seems that many teams are willing to deal. Martin Prado,Chase Headley,Ian Stewart,and now Polanco. Polanco is coming off a sports hernia but reports are he should be ready to go. He started running a month ago. Polanco is an ideal #2 hitter. I think he only K’d like 40 times last year.

    • paulcatanese

      Isn’t he an Opera singer?

      • cubtex

        :)

      • cmschube

        It’s Enrico Polazzo!!

        Classic movie!

  • Chadaudio

    YEAH!!!!  Never been to a HOF induction ceremony, but I think I might be there this year.

  • nick_ss

    Finally!!!! Congrats Ronnie!!!

  • cc002600

    Wow, marlins gave Reyes 111M for 6 years.

    Holy cow…. 

    $18.5M / year for this guy ?  They will regret that one.

    Too injury prone

    Good luck, Ozzie

     

     

     

     

  • Gramps

    Congrats to Ronnie and his family! I am sure if there is a Hall of Fame in heaven that he is already a member after only 1 year! Great guy, great player, great humanitarian….nice that his family can enjoy this very deserved award, but bittersweet that he is not here to enjoy it. I heard it right after 10 here in Chicago and it brought a big smile to my face. Click them heels Ronnie!!!!!!!!

  • daverj

    I wonder what this Harang to the Dodgers contract is going to look like.  I’m guessing another bad contract for the team.

  • Tony_Hall

    Congratulations to the entire Santo family.  It is truly a shame, that the voting for the Hall of Fame is so messed up, that they didn’t give Ronnie the honor of accepting his entry into the Hall of Fame.  

    Ronnie is in the ultimate Hall of Fame and the voters who have not voted for him, in the past years especially, should not be allowed a vote in the future.  

  • Tom U

    Congratulations to the Santo family, an honor well deserved.

  • The Maven

    Congratulation’s to Santo’s family. We’re having pizza tonight in Ronny’s honor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MCTINSDIF4ZSEQGJJ7KUNU256I Horatio Vonsnackster

    I read here daily and rarely post, but today got me in the mood to finally do so.  I really love this site.

    Now to my comment…

    I really dislike the entire concept of the Hall of Fame.  It is way too subjective, and induction is often determined by those with other motives.  Instead, there should be some defined criteria and standards that must be achieved to become a member.  This entire process has turned into such a farce, it sickens me.  But, it makes for good news, debate, and allows this elitist club to pat themselves on the back with regularity.  I think this club has become a watered-down association managed by a bunch of has-beens living in the past.

    I will also note that while I think Santo was a Hall of Famer, I don’t think his career was that phemonenal that everyone universally would agree he is Hall of Fame worthy, whatever that means.  I will remember him as a class act, who did more to fight his disease than he every truly accomplished on the field – at least in making an impact on society.  I met him on several occasions, and everytime I saw him, he made time for anyone who thought highly enough of him to search him out.

    – Horatio

  • Jay from Sandwich

    A great one final wiki have his day. It is to bad he is not alive to be their. Basball fans deserve to see and here the day he gets put in official. Ron Santo where ever you are thank you for being you

  • Chuck

    Congrats to the family of Ron Santo.  “HOF Ron Santo”  How sweet that sounds.  I have never been a big fan of the Hall of Fame. This is a classic case where someone very derservibng should have been inducted years ago.  Thank God that we have a Golden age Veterans Committee that can rectify the wrongs of the past. Also a hearty thanks goes to Billy Williams who kept the pressure on other committee members to get Ron into the HOF.   

  • Tony Spumoni

    The Hall of Fame is overrated.

  • fryegye

    I became a Cubs fan as a child in the 1960s. I respected and smiled with Ernie. I was amazed at the smooth style of Billy. I came to expect Fergie to win 20 every year. But my hero and the spirit of the Chicago Cubs was Ron Santo. Today is a good day. God bless the Santo family. Ron has always been HOF with me.

  • Brian

    Congrats, Ronnie.  Such a shame you were not here to receive it.  You deserve this so much.  The Cubs Faithful are so happy and proud today.