Posted on 05 December 2011 by Lou
At last – Ron Santo has finally been elected posthumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It took way to long – 32 years, but he will finally become a member of that elite class in July 2012. Santo received 15 of 16 votes (93.8%) of the “Golden Era Committee” to get the nod. Nominees need at least 75% of the vote (12 votes) in order to be elected. Pitcher Jim Kaat received 12 votes; Minnie Minoso and Gil Hodges each received 9 votes.
We’ll have more on this in the coming days, but we’re so happy for Ron and his family! We miss you Ronnie!
Go Cubs Go!
Posted on 01 February 2011 by Lou
WGN Radio has announced that Dave Otto and Keith Moreland are the 2 finalists to replace Cubs legend Ron Santo in the radio booth along side Pat Hughes for all Cubs games. Both Otto and Moreland are former Cubs players.
Otto has already played a role with WGN Radio over the last few seasons, filling in for Santo when he has not traveled with the team on road trips or when he has had to miss games because of illness.
Moreland has subbed for Bob Brenly on TV broadcasts when he has gone on vacation.
My pick is Otto. I think he adds a great touch on the radio in broadcasts to which I have already listened in the past. He has a lot of good insight and as a former pitcher, he offers a unique way of looking at the game.
Posted on 22 December 2010 by Lou
What will the Cubs WGN radio broadcast look like in 2011 and beyond? One thing is for certain – Pat Hughes will be in the booth for a while. Hughes just signed a 5-year deal to continue doing the radio broadcasts for the Cubs.
Replacements for the legendary Ron Santo include former Cubs greats – Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Otto, Keith Moreland, Randy Hundley and Rick Monday.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything on the broadcast front…
Posted on 10 December 2010 by Lou
A special memorial was held for Ron Santo on Thursday night at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. There was also a motorcade procession around Wrigley Field on Friday honoring the Cubs legend. You can read about other special Ron Santo stories through this link. We will miss you Ron – the broadcasts will not be the same next season without you…
Posted on 03 December 2010 by Lou
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!
Posted on 16 January 2010 by Lou
The Cubs Convention is going on this weekend in Chicago at the Hilton Chicago. Passes for the convention are sold out, but supposedly there is still home hotel room availability for the weekend. If you have a room, you can buy up to 4 passes per room for the weekend.
The opening ceremonies to the 2010 Cubs Convention kicked off on Friday night from 5-5:30PM. There were a few other activities on Friday, but the real action begins in earnest today. You’ll get to meet the Ricketts Family in person and you’ll get to mingle with current Cubs players (Derrek Lee, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Marmol, Ryan Theriot, Ryan Dempster) and former Cubs players (Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Milt Pappas, Dave Otto), as well as the team’s coaching staff (Lou Pinella, Larry Rothschild) and broadcasting teams (Bob Brenly, Len Kasper, Pat Hughes and Santo).
Gotta love it – what a perfect way to get geared up for the upcoming 2010 Cubs schedule at Wrigley Field…
Posted on 15 January 2010 by Lou
Pat Hughes has been named Illinois’ Sportscaster of the Year for the year 2009 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Hughes is entering his 15th year as the play-by-play man for the Chicago Cubs on WGN radio 720. Hughes teams up with Cubs legend Ron Santo to provide one of the most entertaining MLB broadcasts around. Since you never know what you’re going to get with Santo, Hughes has really elevated his game to provide a seamless broadcast for Cubs fans all across the country.
Hughes has already won the Illinois award 4 other times – in 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2007. He also won the same award 3 times for his work in Wisconsin from 1991 through 1992. Hughes has been a Major League broadcaster for 28 seasons – WOW!
Hughes had this to say about the honor – “I would like to thank the Cubs fans for being the greatest audience that a broadcaster could ever dream of. I would also like to thank all of those who voted for me.”
Congrats Pat – love listening to you every afternoon or night and I look forward to listening to you for many more years broadcasting Cubs games for the ages…
Posted on 16 December 2009 by Lou
Ron Santo fans – you have reason to celebrate – WGN and Santo have agreed upon an extension that will keep Santo broadcasting on the radio through 2012. Santo has diabetes and has dealt with the ramifications of his disease while missing time periodically to deal with those medical issues that arise from time to time. WGN will still work with Santo during those times of. Pat Hughes will still call the games, while former Cubs pitcher Dave Otto will continue to fill in for Santo when he is not able to make certain broadcasts. Santo will be 70 in February, but is thrilled to be able to keep calling Cubs games for the foreseeable future. “I go nuts when I can’t be at the games, but I have to think about my family and my health… So, if I’m not feeling well or I get wiped out, I’ll take cretain days off and WGN has no problem with that… I’m feeling good and I’m on a real good program now where I’m on a stationary bike, and my wife got me a special chair that I can do sit-ups in.” Yippee – gotta love listening to a Hughes/Santo broadcast – doesn’t get much better than that…
Posted on 08 December 2008 by Lou
Once again, it’s a familiar tune in Chicago – “Wait Until Next Year”. Ron Santo was denied entry to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Santo only received 39 votes, or 60.9% of the vote, coming up 9 votes short for entry. An individual needs to gain 75% of the Veterans Committee votes in order to gain admission. In 2007, Santo received 57 votes (almost 70% of the vote) and came up just 5 votes shy of the tally needed for entry.
Because of medical issues that Santo has suffered with diabetes, time is of the essence for Santo. Although Santo was diagnosed with the disease as a teenager, he never told the Cubs about his ailment until 1971 – during his 11th season with the Cubs. He played for the Cubs from 1960 through 1973 and with the cross-town Chicago White Sox in 1974 and then retired from the game he loved. Santo has been in the Cubs radio broadcast booth for WGN Radio since 1990 – the 2009 season will mark his 20th year as the Cubs color broadcaster.
As for his stats, they speak for themselves. Santo was only a career .270 hitter, but he won 5 Gold Glove Awards and made 9 All-Star Game appearances. Santo was the picture of endurance during his playing days – he still holds the National League record for consecutive games played for a 3rd baseman – 364 games from April 1964 through May 1966.
Santo does not hide his disappointment with the Veterans Committee for not granting him admission to the Hall. Over the years he has been a bit outspoken, and some say that this has led to his exclusion from the game’s highest honor. His comments this year after the vote was announced probably won’t help: “It’s so ridiculous that nobody gets in again. I can’t understand it.” Here’s hoping to brighter Hall of Fame pastures for Santo in 2009.
No post-1043 player was elected by the Veterans Committee to the Hall, but the committee did vote in Joe Gordon who was on the pre-1943 ballot.
Posted on 07 December 2008 by Lou
It should be an exciting week for the Chicago Cubs at the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.
Will the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee finally vote to induct Cubs great 3rd baseman Ron Santo into the Hall of Fame?
Will the Cubs finally complete the Peavy to Cubs blockbuster trade?
Will the Cubs sign, or trade for, that much-needed left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup?
All of these questions and more should be answered over the next few weeks leading up the to the new year. Carrie Muskat gives her take on where the Cubs are headed in this solid piece.
Stay tuned for the latest rumors and updates at MyCubsToday!