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RON SANTO’S MAJOR LEAGUE STATISTICS
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RONALD EDWARD SANTOFEBRUARY 25, 1940-DECEMBER 3, 2010
The Cubs lost one of their own when Ron Santo passed away in theearly morning of December 3, 2010. A nine-time All-Star third base-man who hit for power, Santo played 15 major league seasons —including 14 years with the Cubs from 1960-73 —before closing out his career with the White Sox in 1974. In 1990, he joined the WGNRadio broadcast team and provided color commentary for Cubsgames through the 2010 campaign.Besides his impact both on the field and in the radio booth, Rontouched many lives through his work for the Juvenile DiabetesResearch Foundation, helping to raise much-needed funds tocontinue the hope to find a cure for diabetes, a disease that he wasdiagnosed with at the age of 18.
On the Field
Ron produced Hall of Fame-worthy numbers in his 15-year big leaguecareer. The right-handed hitting slugger batted .277 with 365doubles, 342 home runs and 1,331 RBI in 2,243 big league contestswith the Cubs (1960-73) and White Sox (1974), making nine All-Star teams and winning five Rawlings Gold Glove awards for his play at third base.Some of his career numbers that stand out include:
Ron led the N.L. in assists for seven-straight seasons from 1962-68, tying a Senior Circuit record.
He recorded a major league record eight-straight seasons with 90RBI as a third baseman.
In 1965, he tied a major league record with 164 games played at third base.
Ron hit safely in a then modern-day Cubs record 28-straight games from May 31-July 4, 1966.
In 1967, he set a big league record for the second-straight season with 393 assists at third base.
He ranks in the Cubs’ top-10 all-time rankings in multiplecategories:
1,071 walks rank second.
337 home runs rank fourth.
2,126 games played, 7,768 at-bats, 1,290 RBI and 756extra-base hits rank fifth.
3,667 total bases rank sixth.
2,171 hits rank seventh.
1,109 runs scored rank eighth.
353 doubles rank ninth.
In the Broadcast Booth
Ron began his broadcasting career in 1990, teaming up with ThomBrennaman and Bob Brenly in the WGN Radio booth. Prior to the1996 season, Pat Hughes was hired as the station’s play-by-play manand would team with Ron for the next 15 seasons.Pat and Ron had a close, unique relationship in the booth as the twowere able to play off each other and entertain fans on a daily basis.Ron never hid his passion for the Cubs and wore his feelings on hissleeve through the inevitable ups and downs that come throughout abaseball season.Ron’s enthusiasm for the game, and the Cubs, permeated from thebooth to the clubhouse and the field. Prior to gametime, he wouldinterview players and the team’s skipper, with those chats becoming more like friendly conversations between two close friends. He wasnot only a member of the team, but also one of its biggest fans.
A Charitable Cub
For all the lives Ron touched through his 35 years with the Cubs as aplayer and broadcaster, he positively affected countless others withhis efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile DiabetesResearch Foundation. Playing with diabetes his entire career, Ronwanted to help fight the disease and assist people afflicted with it anyway he could.In 1972, he endorsed the JDRF’s annual Ron Santo Walk to CureDiabetes, an event that has raised more than $40 million to support diabetes research and continued hope for a cure.Diabetes would eventually claim Ron’s legs when doctors had toamputate both below his knees. In true fashion, Ron turned his strug-gles into a positive, both through the documentary This Old Cub —afilm that chronicles his fight with diabetes while helping to raise fundsfor the JDRF —and by sharing his insights with fellow diabetespatients whenever he could. The Cubs will recognize Ron’s career as all uniformed personnel willwear commemorative No. 10 patches during the 2011 season. Inaddition, Chicago will dedicate a statue of Ron, August 10, before the7:05 p.m. CT game against the Washington Nationals.