MyCubsToday humbly mourns the lost of the Chicago Cubs biggest fan — Ron Santo. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Santo’s family during this difficult time.
Ron Santo played 14 of his 15 major league seasons for the Chicago Cubs. He was named to 9 All-Star teams as a star 3rd baseman. He was a career .270 hitter with 342 HR’s and 1,331 RBI’s. Santo hit at least 30 HR’s in 4 straight seasons from 1964 through 1967. He also drove in at least 100 runs 4 different times during his career, including a career-best 123 RBI’s in 1969.
He played along side Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins, but was never fortunate to be inducted into the Hall of Fame himself. The last 21 years, San has manned the Cubs radio booth along side Pat Hughes. Santo was one of the most colorful color-men in the game today and never tried to hide the fact that he was cheering for his home team Cubbies in each and every game.
We’ll have a lot more tributes for Santo over the next few weeks, but this quote from Ernie Banks sums it up perfectly: “It certainly is a sad day for everyone who knows and loves Ron Santo. Ronnie has been a friend of mine for more than 50 years and is like a brother to me. Ronnie’s entire life was dedicated to his wonderful family, the Chicago Cubs and their outstanding fans.”
We’re going to miss you Ronnie!