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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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Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:51 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

i bet you think cheaters like bonds and clemens deserve to be in the hall. it's more than just stats bozo. it's called character. try getting some.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:51 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

go fuck yourself ,look at brooks robinson stats idiot

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:49 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

B.  S.   Shoulda put him in years ago, when he was alive. Although disappointed at being bypassed, on the day his jersey number was retired by the Cubs, the ever-optimistic and emotional "old Cub" told the cheering Wrigley Field crowd, "This is my Hall of Fame! I know getting inducted into the Hall of Fame had to be something, but that flag is going to be hanging there after everybody is gone.” 

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:49 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

It wasn't the writers who voted him in.  It was the old timers comittee.

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:44 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Do you really believe he has the stats to get in? give me a break, of course the chitown fans think he should get in. But seriously half the players would get in based on his credentials, nothing outstanding with those mediocre numbers. Cub fans for once in your life stop whining about everything.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:39 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I belive that Ron Santo was a great ballplayer, but he was never the best at anything compared to his contemporaries.  That's not to say you should automatically be eliminated from HOF consideration for not being the very best.  I'm simply pointing out what the thought process is for many people who place their votes for players.  Many of them who write articles to explain their choices often say something to the effect of, "but he was never as good as [insert Hall of Famer here] so I can't consider Santo a Hall of Fame player."  I don't know that they're wrong, but I think that's what they've been thinking.

Somebody else posted the list of players who were voted in during the time that Santo was eligible and it's easy to see why Santo was never included in the sportswriters' voting.  He was a great guy and a damn good ballplayer, but Ron Santo couldn't hold a candle to the guys who were voted in from 1980-1995 -- Duke Snider, Al Kalline, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Luis Aparicio, Lou Brock, Willie McCovey, Billy Williams, Willie Stargell, Carl Yastrzemski, Johhny Bench, Joe Morgan, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, and Mike Schmidt.  Say what you want about Brooks Robinson being in that list-- Santo may have been better all around, but Brooks was the best to field his position ever when he was voted in -- 92% of voters makes it a pretty clear thumbs-up.

Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:36 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I could not agree more. It's about time!

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:33 pm


You sportswriters are a complete embarrassment.  You dont vote him in the past 20 times he has come up for induction but the year after he dies then you vote him in?  Did his stats change since he died?  Absolutely embarrassing.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:30 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I would like to say congratulations to the family of Mr. Santos. But I have to agree with a lot of the sentiment on this blog. maybe for different reasons. I don't believe he belongs in the hall and I think the writers and commitees are lowering thier standards for entry because of the steroid era, where we will see less players get in. Ron Santo was a good player but not a great player, He was a recognizable player more for his style of play than results. I believe the perfect storm of sentiment got him in the hall. Now all you Cubs fans can rake me over the coals.....

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:30 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton and Phil Niekro.  Incase you're unaware of these names, they're one of the greatest collections of pitchers, ever.  Ron had a .277 avg over his career.  That's damn impressive if you ask me

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