Santo, Larkin inducted into Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., July 22 (UPI) -- Late Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo and 12-time All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds Sunday were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cubs' Wood retires in Wrigley ceremony

Cubs' Wood retires in Wrigley ceremony

CHICAGO, May 19 (UPI) -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood formally announced his retirement Saturday at Wrigley Field, surrounded by his former teammates.
Larkin named to baseball Hall of Fame

Larkin named to baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Shortstop Barry Larkin, who played his 19-year major league career with Cincinnati, has been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.
Ron Santo voted into Hall of Fame

Ron Santo voted into Hall of Fame

DALLAS, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The late Ron Santo, a longtime Chicago Cub who hit 342 home runs and won five Gold Gloves in a 15-year career, has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.

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Ernie Banks' Wrigley Field statue restored

Ernie Banks' Wrigley Field statue restored

PEORIA, Ill., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The statue of "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks from Chicago's Wrigley Field was restored at an Illinois university after it began to oxidize.
Cubs honor Santo with Wrigley Field statue

Cubs honor Santo with Wrigley Field statue

CHICAGO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Visitors to Wrigley Field in Chicago will be greeted by a statue of nine-time all-star third baseman Ron Santo, the late and beloved Cubs radio announcer.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 4, Washington 2

CHICAGO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Alfonso Soriano had an RBI double and one of Chicago's three solo homers Wednesday, carrying the Cubs to a 4-2 win over Washington.

Cubs to offer beer deals for bleacher fans

CHICAGO, April 30 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs' famed Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums will get a break on hot dogs and beer starting next month, the team announced.
Chicago says farewell to Ron Santo

Chicago says farewell to Ron Santo

CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Ron Santo's broadcast partner urged mourners at the Chicago funeral for the longtime baseball star Friday to remember him "with a big smile on your face."

Torre, Santo, Wills make Hall of Fame bid

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Former MVP and current Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Joe Torre is among 10 retired players making a bid this year for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

No veterans choices for BB Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Cub Ron Santo came closest but for the third consecutive time the Veterans Committee didn't elect any ex-player to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

No players chosen by Hall Vets Committee

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., March 2 (UPI) -- The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that no candidates were elected to the hall by the Veterans Committee for the second straight year.

Cubs to retire Sandberg's No. 23

CHICAGO, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs say they will retire uniform number 23 worn by Hall of Fame second-baseman Ryne Sandberg during a Wrigley Field ceremony this summer.

Chicago Cubs 3, St. Louis 2 (10 innings)

CHICAGO, May 10 (UPI) -- Alex Gonzalez's solo homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 victory Saturday over the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Ron Santo
Chicago Cubs broadcasters Ron Santo (L) and Pat Hughes pose for a photograph in the broadcast booth before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 6, 2005. Hughes the play-by-play man has been in the booth since 1996 while Santo, a former player joined the radio team in 1990. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Ronald Edward Santo (February 25, 1940 – December 3, 2010) was an American Major League Baseball player and long-time radio announcer. A power-hitting third baseman, he was a nine-time All-Star in a career that spanned from 1960 to 1974, mainly for the Chicago Cubs. Deft defensively as well, Santo won five Gold Gloves at his position, proving a highly productive player despite suffering from diabetes. Carefully concealing the condition for most of his career, it eventually necessitated the amputation of the lower half of his right leg.

While initially showing little support for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Santo's standing among baseball enthusiasts and sabermetricians has gradually increased over time. He is widely regarded today as one of the best ballplayers not to have been admitted to the Hall.

Santo was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 1959, and made his debut on June 26, 1960. In 1961 he set a Cubs record with 41 double plays at third base, breaking the previous mark of 33 set by Bernie Friberg in 1923. In 1962 he led the National League in assists for the first time with 332, setting the team record for assists at third base, breaking the mark of 323 set by Randy Jackson in 1951. Santo continued to lead the National League in assists every year through 1968, breaking Ned Williamson's major league record of leading the league six times; Brooks Robinson went on to lead the American League eight times. Mike Schmidt eventually tied Santo's National League mark of seven. In 1963 Santo broke the modern National League record with 374 assists at third base, passing Tommy Leach's 1904 mark of 371. In 1966, he set the all-time league record with 391, the previous record being Billy Shindle's 382 in 1892; his total was 99 higher than that of league runner-up Ken Boyer. Santo broke his own record in 1967 with 393 assists, which remained the National League record until Schmidt posted 404 in 1974. He also finished fourth in the 1967 National League Most Valuable Player Award voting results. Santo's assist totals from 1963 through 1968 were the sixth highest by an National League third baseman between 1905 and 1973. He also led the National League in putouts every year from 1962 through 1967 and again in 1969, tying the league record shared by Pie Traynor and Willie Jones in leading the league seven times; Tim Wallach later tied the mark as well.

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