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Encyclopedia > Ron Santo
Ron Santo
Third Baseman
Born: February 25, 1940 (1940-02-25) (age 67)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 26, 1960
for the Chicago Cubs
Final game
September 29, 1974
for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
AVG     .277
HR     342
RBI     1331
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • All-star 1963-1966, 1968, 1969, 1971-1973
  • 1973 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
  • Gold Glove 1964-1968
  • Led NL in On-base % in 1964 with .398 and 1966 with .412
  • Led NL in triples in 1964 with 13

Ronald Edward Santo (born February 25, 1940 in Seattle, Washington) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. He was named a National League All-Star 9 times during his 15 seasons of play (1960 - 1974), and won five consecutive Gold Glove awards for fielding excellence (1964-1968). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... “RBI” redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1960 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The... The following are the baseball events of the year 1974 throughout the world. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... List of NL Gold Glove Winners at Third Base Gold Glove AL: P | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF NL: P | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF Categories: Baseball Trophies and Awards ...

Contents

Baseball career

Santo made his debut with the Cubs on June 26, 1960. He played with the team until 1973, then finished his career with the cross-town Chicago White Sox in 1974 which he called the worst year of his life.[citation needed] During his 14-season run with the Cubs, Santo hit 337 home runs; he was the first third baseman to hit over 300 home runs and win five Gold Gloves, a feat since matched by only Mike Schmidt, a Hall of Fame player. is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1960 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The... The following are the baseball events of the year 1974 throughout the world. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


In 1966, in the midst of trying to break the Cubs' team consecutive-game hitting streak, Santo was sidelined for nearly two weeks following a beaning that fractured his cheekbone. When Santo returned (and broke the record) he was wearing an improvised ear-flap on his batting helmet in order to protect the injury. Earflaps have since become standard equipment on batting helmets.


Struggle with diabetes

In the early years of his playing career, he carefully concealed the fact that he had Type 1 diabetes. He feared that had this information come out, he would be forced into retirement. As part of the publicity surrounding "Ron Santo Day" at Wrigley Field on August 28, 1971, he revealed his struggle with diabetes. He was diagnosed with this disease at the age of 18, and was given a life expectancy of 25 years. Santo has had both his legs amputated below the knee as a result of his diabetes: the right in 2001 and the left in 2002. Diabetes mellitus type 1 (Type 1 diabetes, Type I diabetes, T1D, IDDM) is a form of diabetes mellitus. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ...


In 2004, Santo and his battle against diabetes was the subject of a documentary, This Old Cub. The film was written, co-produced, and directed by Santo's son, Jeff. The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... This Old Cub is a documentary which was released in 2004. ... Screenwriting refers to the art and craft of writing screenplays for film or television. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...


Present day

Today, he is a Cubs broadcaster on WGN radio with play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes. He has also worked with Harry Caray, Thom Brennaman, Steve Stone, and Bob Brenly. Santo also briefly worked with Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers commentator Wayne Larrivee. WGN-AM is a radio station on 720 kHz in Chicago, co-owned with WGN-TV. WGN-AMs transmitter is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. ... Virgil Patrick Pat Hughes (born May 27, 1955 in Tucson, Arizona) is the play-by-play baseball announcer for the Chicago Cubs, working for WGN radio. ... For the actor with a similar name, see Harry Carey. ... Thom Brennaman is an American sportscaster, and the son of sportscaster Marty Brennaman. ... There are several famous people named Steve Stone: Steve Stone (baseball player), an American baseball player Steve Stone (footballer), an English football (soccer) player This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Len Kasper with Bob Brenly during a broadcast. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Barney Fartenhimer Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... “Packers” redirects here. ... Wayne Larrivee is an American sports broadcaster. ...


Work with diabetes

Santo has been endorsing the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes in Chicago since 1974, and has raised over $50 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). In 2002, Santo was named the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Person of the Year." Santo also inspired Bill Holden to walk 2,100 miles, from Arizona to Chicago, to raise $250,000 for diabetes research. “USD” redirects here. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... For the American Actor, see William Holden Bill Holden (born 1948 in Elgin, Illinois), is a teacher who embarked on a 2,100 miles walk, from Arizona to Chicago, during 2005, hoping to raise $250,000 dollars to be donated to the American Diabetes Association so that a cure for... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ...


Hall of fame aspirations

On September 28, 2003, Santo's #10 was retired by the Cubs organization, making him the third player so honored behind his teammates Ernie Banks (#14) and Billy Williams (#26). Other prominent Cubs had worn number 10 after Santo's retirement, notably Dave Kingman and Leon Durham. The most recent wearer had been interim manager Bruce Kimm, just the previous year. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Ernest Ernie Banks (born January 31, 1931 in Dallas, Texas) is an American former Major League baseball player who played his entire career with the Chicago Cubs (1953-1971). ... Billy Leo Williams (born June 15, 1938) is an American former outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... David Arthur Kingman (born December 21, 1948 in Pendleton, Oregon), nicknamed Kong and Sky King, is a former Major League Baseball slugger who played for the San Francisco Giants (1971-1974), New York Mets (1975-1977, 1981-1983), San Diego Padres (1977), California Angels (1977), New York Yankees (1977), Chicago... Leon Durham (born July 31, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former first baseman and outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for 10 seasons. ... Bruce Edward Kimm (born June 29, 1951 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is a former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. ...


In 2005, he came within eight votes of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, and in 2007 he came within five votes. Bill James, arguably baseball's most respected statistical guru, feels Santo's elevation to the Hall of Fame is long overdue. Most informed and responsible baseball historians (including Bill James) believe that Ron Santo is among the most deserving candidates on the Veterans' Committee ballot, if not the most deserving. The committee is next scheduled to vote in 2009. The 2005 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The Veterans Committee, officially the Committee on Baseball Veterans, is a committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame that provides a second chance for Hall of Fame election to players passed over in regular Hall of Fame balloting. ... The 2007 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame are proceeding according to revised rules enacted in 2001. ... George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Although disappointed at being bypassed, on the day his number was retired in 2003, the ever-optimistic "old Cub" told the cheering Wrigley crowd, "This is my Hall of Fame!"


In April, 2004 Santo was inducted into the inaugural class of the Washington Interscholasic Activities Association (Washington High School) Hall of Fame as a graduate of Seattle's Franklin High School. [1]


Broadcast career

Ron Santo joined the Cubs' broadcast booth in 1990 as the WGN color commentator.[2]


In Chicago, Santo is well-loved for his unabashed broadcast enthusiasm, which he reveals with groans and cheers during the game. He also possesses a charming sense of humor. During one game, in which Angel Echevarria was batting, Santo casually asked play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes, "Pat, do you believe in angels?" As excitable as Santo is when a great play for the Cubs occurs, he is equally as vocal in his displeasure, as is evidenced by his meltdown in 1998 when Brant Brown, who was playing left field, dropped a fly ball against Milwaukee during the teams successful run for the Wild Card. Ron also has been known to engage in discussions about his variety of toupees. Santo and Hughes are also regarded as some of the League's best baseball broadcasters. Brant Michael Brown is a former professional baseball player. ... A toupée is a hairpiece or partial wig of natural or synthetic hair worn to cover partial baldness. ...


Stats

  • Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
  • Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
  • Bats: Right
  • Throws: Right
  • Uniform number: 10
  • MLB:
    • MLB leader most seasons leading league in double plays for third basemen - 6 (tie with Mike Schmidt and Heine Groh)
    • 9 Time All-Star
    • 5 Time Gold Glove winner
  • National League Third Baseman leader in:
    • Consecutive games (364)
    • Most seasons leading league in putouts - 7
    • Most seasons leading league in assists - 7
    • Most seasons leading league in chances - 9
Career Hitting[3]
G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2,243 8,143 2,254 365 67 342 1,138 1,331 35 1,108 1,343 .277 .362 .464 .826

In baseball statistics, games played (denoted by G) indicates the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity). ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when he safely reaches first base after batting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... Rashad Eldridge of the Oklahoma Redhawks walks to first base after drawing a base on balls. ... For the typographical mode indicating deleted text, see Strikethrough. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... In baseball statistics, on-base plus slugging (denoted by OPS) incorporates on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG). ...

See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ... Below is the list of 252 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone. ... The following is a list of players and managers (* ), both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Chicago White Sox franchise as listed on MLB.com. ...

References

  1. ^ Hall of Fame - at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
  2. ^ Chicago Cubs Broadcasters
  3. ^ Ron Santo page - at Baseball-Reference.com

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Santo candidate profile - at the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Ron Santo page - at BaseballLibrary.com - biography and career highlights
  • Santo page - at Baseball Almanac.com
  • Articles examining Ron Santo's merits for Hall of Fame election:
  • Why Ron Santo Belongs in the Hall of Fame - Part-1 - Part-2 - Part-3
Preceded by
Dick Ellsworth
Major League Player of the Month
June 1963
Succeeded by
Willie McCovey
Preceded by
Jim Bunning
Major League Player of the Month
July 1964
Succeeded by
Frank Robinson
Preceded by
Ken Holtzman
Major League Player of the Month
June 1969
Succeeded by
Roberto Clemente
Preceded by
Wes Parker
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
1973
Succeeded by
Willie Stargell

  Results from FactBites:
 
Baseball Almanac - Ron Santo Uniform Number to be Retired (511 words)
Santo, who played for the Cubs from 1960-1973 and with the White Sox in 1974, is in his 14th season as a WGN Radio color commentator in 2003.
Santo, who was diagnosed with diabetes in his teens, is a member of the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Santo, who joined the WGN radio team in 1990, was a member of the inaugural Cubs Walk of Fame Class of 1992 and was selected to the club's all-century team in 1999.
ESPN.com: MLB - Hall debates: Ron Santo (917 words)
Santo also lacked one signature skill on which to hang his case; he doesn't have 400 home runs or 3,000 hits or one major point his supporters could use to beat his candidacy home.
Santo was the NL's Gold Glove winner at third base from 1964 through 1968, and led the league in bases on balls in four of those five years.
So Santo was one of the top few players in his league for about six years, the second-best third baseman in the game's history upon his retirement, and put up numbers at a defensive position that would have made him a borderline Hall of Fame candidate at an offensive one.
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