Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame – less than a year after dying of complications from bladder cancer at the age of 70.
Santo was revered in Chicago for his years as a player – and just as importantly – his 20+ years as a broadcaster.
Santo played third base for the Cubs in the 60s and 70s, hitting 342 home runs and driving in 1,331 runs during a 15-year major league career. He also won five straight Gold Gloves and was named to nine all-star teams. He is considered one the finest fielding third basemen in baseball history.
Santo would move on to the broadcast booth for WGN-AM in 1990, living and bleeding with every Cubs’ woe (which there were many). Even after losing his legs to diabetes he continued to work as a broadcast analyst.
Santo was elected to the hall by the newly created Golden Era committee.
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