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Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 2:14 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- In a moment that has to be described as bittersweet to the Santo family and Cubs fans alike, former third baseman Ron Santo has been elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. He received 15 of 16 possible votes from the Golden Era Committee, comprised of Hall of Famers, executives and media members.

The announcement was made Monday morning at the MLB Winter Meetings.

Santo died at the age of 70 just over a year ago, which is what makes the moment bittersweet. Many felt Santo should have been a Hall of Famer years ago, and now he's been elected after his death.

In a 15-season career, Santo hit .277/.362/.464 with 342 home runs, 1,331 RBI, 1,138 runs and 365 doubles. He won five Gold Gloves, finished in the top 10 of MVP voting four times and was a nine-time All-Star.

The last time Santo was on the BBWAA ballot, he received just 43.1 percent of the vote. He needed 75 percent to be elected. He was then left out by failing to gain enough votes from the Veteran's Committee the following several years. This time around, the Golden Era Committee came through for Santo.

Members of the Golden Era Committee: Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton, Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael, Al Rosen, Dick Kaegel, Jack O'Connell Dave Van Dyck and Santo's former teammate, Billy Williams.

Santo was the only player on the ballot to be elected by the committee. The other players on the ballot were Gil Hodges, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant. Executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi were also on the ballot.

A candidate needed 12 of 16 votes to make the Hall of Fame. Kaat received 10 votes. Minoso and Hodges got nine, while Oliva received eight.

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement:

“This is a great day for baseball and for Cubs fans everywhere. I am thrilled that the memory of my dear friend Ron Santo will be preserved forever in the halls of Cooperstown. As a star player and a beloved broadcaster, Ron was a staple of the Cubs’ experience every single day for decades, representing all the goodwill of both the franchise and the game he loved.

“I always admired Ron’s courage and loyalty, and I miss him very much. Today, I am so proud to know that his contributions to baseball will receive the highest honor. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate Ron’s wife Vicki, their four children and their grandchildren.”

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Comments

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Congradulations to the Santo family,shouldve been in years ago,,,hes seeing it from up above and clicking his heels.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Nice jesture, to bad it took Ron passing away for him to get where he belonged al along. Congrats Ronnie R,I.P. you deserve it.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Yeah?  Where was the old-timers comittee at the previous 20 times he was up for induction?



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

It is about DAMN time, he should have been alive to experience it.The voting process must be revisited, no private ballots,this way we know who is holding unnecessary grudges or just plain baseball stupid! Ron Santo-Congrats!!and well deserved.




Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

It's about damn time. Him and Brooks Robinson were one of the greatest Third Basemen in their era.



Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Congrats to Ron Santo in finally making it in. Although its sad to hear Gil Hodges is still not in the HOF.

Go Dodgers!



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Santo hit .277/.362/.464 with 342 home runs, 1,331 RBI, 1,138 runs and 365 doubles. He won five Gold Gloves, finished in the top 10 of MVP voting four times and was a nine-time All-Star.  These aren't HOF numbers these days, but they were when Santo played. Congrats to Ron's family.  Oh and it's based on numbers NOT character morons - or else Ty Cobb would still be waiting!


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Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:04 pm
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Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I believe Santo deserves to be in based on his entire body of work.  Based on his play alone there is no way he should be in.  But with his tireless efforts throughout the years with the Cubs organization (player, announcer, ambassador), his passion for the game, and his enormous work with JDRF this man absolutely has earned his place in the HOF.  



Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

ALRIGHT! 


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