Santo Finally Makes the Hall
Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo finally made the Hall of Fame earning 15 of 16 votes from the Golden Era committee. Unfortunately it came a year after his death. It is well known how much heartbreak he felt every year when his name was not announced as an inductee. It is wrong that it took this long to get him to Cooperstown after his outstanding playing career and his career as a radio announcer for the Cubs.
As a player, Santo was as reliable playing the field as he was at the plate. He always played his heart out and had a true love for the game. He was a nine time All Star, five time Gold Glover, his number 10 has been retired by the Cubs, and he won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, a statement to his integrity and character. He always had a smile on his face as he took the field and played the game every game like it would be his last.
Santo was also a legendary voice for the Cubs during their radio broadcasts from 1990-2010. It was apparent he was just a big fan sitting in the booth and loved being able to watch the Cubs play everyday. You could hear the joy and anguish in his voice as he experienced all the ups and downs of the Cubs. It was always a pleasure to listen to his anecdotes and stories about his playing days.
Santo is also a strong example of perseverance through hardship. He was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes at the age of 18 and he was told he would live past 25. However, he managed to maintain his blood sugar by his own methods and was able to have a long playing career. He had both of his legs amputated as a result of his diabetes but he still had a smile on his face and never felt sorry for himself or wanted anyone to feel sorry for him either.
While this announcement of his induction is bitter-sweet because he will be absent from the ceremony, it is well deserved. Your long wait is over Ronny. We’ll see you in Cooperstown with the other greats. Right where you belong.