Results tagged ‘ Hall of Fame ’

7/22 It’s Santo’s day

Legendary Cubs third baseman and longtime WGN Radio broadcaster Ron Santo will be posthumously enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., today. The ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. CT. Santo was voted into the Hall last Dec. 5 by the Golden Era Ballot Committee.

On Sunday, the Cubs will wear No. 10 patches on their jerseys to commemorate Santo’s election into the Hall.

* In the 15 Major League seasons of Santo’s playing career with the Cubs (1960-73) and White Sox (1974), he was one of four players to amass 2,000 hits, 300 home runs and 1,300 RBIs, joining fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson and Billy Williams.

* Including Santo, a total of 47 former Cubs players, managers and executives have earned enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

— Carrie Muskat 

7/19 Hall of Fame events

Ron Santo will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and fans of the Cubs third baseman can watch the TV premiere of “This Old Cub” special edition on MLB Network on Saturday.
This is an updated version of the documentary about Santo, who passed away Dec. 3, 2010. It will air at 12 p.m. CT Saturday. The intimate and indepth film focuses on Santo’s life, both on the field and off, and how he dealt with complications from diabetes that forced him to have both legs amputated below the knee. It includes humorous and very touching highlights from his days as a player and in the radio booth with broadcaster Pat Hughes. The film was produced and directed by Santo’s son Jeff, and the new version includes the statue dedication at Wrigley Field in August 2011, the Hall of Fame election announcement on Dec. 5, 2011, and excerpts from an interview between father and son recorded two weeks before Ron died. Fans also can purchase their own copy of the documentary at

Santo was voted into Cooperstown on Dec. 5, 2011 by the Golden Era Ballot Committee. A nine-time All-Star, he received 15 of 16 votes.

* On Saturday in Cooperstown, the Cubs will host a fan fest at the Fenimore Art Museum from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT. Special guests will include Hughes, Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins, and teammates Glenn Beckert and Randy Hundley. There will be a question and answer session, video of Santo moments, and food and drink. The Cubs contingent in Cooperstown also will include members of the Ricketts family, as well as former Cubs manager Lou Piniella.

* Sunday’s induction ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. Cubs fans who can’t get there can celebrate Santo’s honor at a viewing party at Captain Morgan Club next to Wrigley Field.

* On July 27, which will be the Cubs’ first home game after the ceremony, the team will celebrate Santo at Wrigley Field, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame plaque.

— Carrie Muskat

7/14 Ron Santo week

Ron Santo will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 22, and there will be a series of events leading up to the ceremony in Cooperstown. It will be finalized July 27 with Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field, when the team will honor the former third baseman with a special pregame ceremony featuring members of his family. The first 10,000 fans in the gate will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame plaque, courtesy of PNC Bank, while commemorative memorabilia will also be available for purchase. The team has partnered with Scotts to incorporate an honorary design into the outfield grass of Wrigley Field for that afternoon’s game.

“Ron Santo embodied what it meant to be a Chicago Cub,” chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. “This franchise couldn’t be prouder as he is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and we’re honored he will forever represent the Chicago Cubs in Cooperstown. Our family looks forward to celebrating this well-deserved accomplishment with Cubs fans worldwide.”

* July 17 – Cubs Corner Luncheon, Chicago

Ron’s son, Ron Santo Jr., plus former teammate and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, and Cubs WGN Radio broadcaster Pat Hughes will reflect on Ron’s Hall of Fame induction during a panel discussion at the Cubs Corner Luncheon at Wildfire restaurant in Chicago. The session will air on WGN Radio 720 AM from 12-1 p.m. CT. Tickets are $55 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Each guest receives an autographed photo of a featured panelist upon check-in and lunch. On-site registration begins at 11 a.m CT. Tickets are available at

* July 21 – Cubs Fan Fest, Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Cubs will host a Cubs Fan Fest in Cooperstown on July 21 in honor of Ron Santo’s induction into the Hall of Fame. The party will be held in the lawn-tented section of Cooperstown’s Fenimore Art Museum from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. This casual party is for Cubs fans who wish to celebrate Santo’s life and induction with other members of the Cubs community, including Ron’s teammates and several members of the Cubs front office. Special guests include Pat Hughes, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Randy Hundley, Glenn Beckert, the Ricketts family and others. Attendees will enjoy a live question and answer session, video of memorable Santo moments, music, food and drinks. A suggested $10 donation at the event will help benefit Chicago Cubs Charities and the not-for-profit National Baseball Hall of Fame.

* July 22 – National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Cooperstown, N.Y.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place July 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center. The ceremony is expected to last two hours. Seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. Ball caps, yearbooks and museum membership packages are available for purchase at the Hall of Fame induction site.

* July 22 – Hall of Fame Induction Viewing Party, Wrigley Field’s Captain Morgan Club, Chicago

Concurrent with the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, the Cubs will host a viewing party at the Captain Morgan Club adjacent to Wrigley Field starting at 11 a.m. CT. Attendees can watch the ceremony live on dozens of televisions from 12:30-2:30 p.m. CT just steps away from Ron Santo’s statue at the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue.

* July 27 – Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field, Chicago

The first Cubs home game following the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be dedicated to honoring Ron Santo in the ballpark he enjoyed the most. The following activities will highlight Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field:

  • The Cubs will honor Santo during an on-field ceremony featuring members of his family before the 1:20 p.m. CT game vs. the Cardinals.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame plaque, courtesy of PNC Bank.
  • The outfield grass in center field will showcase an honorary No. 10 design that was chosen by fans through a partnership with Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of the Cubs and Major League Baseball.
  • Chicago Kernel Gourmet Popcorn will hand out free samples of their gourmet popcorn at Wrigley Field and sell a limited-edition collectible art popcorn tin commemorating Ron Santo’s legendary career and induction into the Hall of Fame. Each tin includes a limited-edition Ron Santo baseball card.
  • Majestic will offer commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Cubs jerseys, T-shirts and patches for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Fans may purchase tickets for the July 27 game at Wrigley Field at


7/3 Hall of Fame update

More than 40 Hall of Famers are expected in Cooperstown to celebrate the enshrinement of the class of 2012 during festivities July 20-23. They will gather to induct Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and the late Ron Santo, who will be enshrined July 22. Santo’s wife Vicki will deliver the speech to honor the former Cubs third baseman and broadcaster. Ceremonies will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET. If you have never been to Cooperstown, it’s worth the trip. Admission is free.

— Carrie Muskat


6/21 Ron Santo print

Are you a fan of Ron Santo? Artist John Hanley, in collaboration with Santo’s son, Ron Jr., have produced a commemorative print celebrating the former Cubs third baseman’s induction into the Hall of Fame.The 16” x 20” lithograph was created to honor Santo’s outstanding career. To further honor Ron Santo’s legacy, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). For more info about Hanley and the Ron Santo print, please visit his website at or email him at

5/8 Hall of Fame weekend

Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson was at Wrigley Field on Monday, continuing preparations for the upcoming induction ceremonies in Cooperstown on July 22, which will include Ron Santo. The family of the late Cubs third baseman and broadcaster was to meet with Idelson and provide some other info and tidbits for the ceremony. Santo passed away in December 2010. His wife Vicki will deliver the speech in Cooperstown. Fans, if you’ve never been to the Baseball Hall of Fame, this is a good reason to go.

— Carrie Muskat

1/24 Plan now to attend HOF ceremonies

Are you planning on attending Hall of Fame induction ceremonies to honor late Cubs third baseman Ron Santo? The events will be July 20-23 in Cooperstown, N.Y., and more than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to return. Santo, who was named to nine All-Star Games in his 15 big league seasons, received 15 of 16 votes from the Golden Era Committee members at the Winter Meetings in December to gain induction. He is the 12th third baseman elected to the Hall of Fame and the 15th overall (including Negro leagues players).
The July 22 induction ceremony will place on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center, which is located on lower Susquehanna Avenue, just one mile south of the Hall of Fame. The ceremony is held rain or shine, unless severe weather forces the cancellation of the event. Seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. As the weather in Cooperstown can be quite warm in July, it is recommended that visitors bring a cap and sunscreen. It’s a tremendous weekend.

— Carrie Muskat

12/4 Cubs to know Monday re: Santo & Hall

The Cubs are hoping for good news Monday at the Winter Meetings when they find out if Ron Santo made it into the Hall of Fame. The 16-member revamped Veterans Committee cast its votes on Sunday in Dallas. Santo, who died one year ago Saturday, is one of the candidates on a Veterans’ Committee ballot representing the Golden Era of the sport from 1947-72. Santo’s competition includes former players Gil Hodges, Ken Boyer, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, Allie Reynolds, Luis Tiant, and executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi.

Santo failed to make the Hall of Fame in his 15 years of eligibity on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot and also in numerous forms of the Veterans Committee. He missed by nine votes in a 2008 ballot of a post 1943 committee, and his highest vote total on the BBWAA ballot was 43.1 percent in 1998.

Hall of Famer Billy Williams, Santo’s former teammate, is on the Golden Era Committee, along with Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton. Major League executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael and Al Rosen, and veteran media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck also are on the committee. A 75 percent vote is needed, which, in this instance, would be 12 votes.

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 Santo, Hughes on Frick ballot

You can help Ron Santo and Pat Hughes get into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Santo and Hughes are among the 75 candidates vying for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. This is Hughes’ 16th season as WGN Radio’s play by play announcer. Santo’s last season as the team’s analyst was 2010. The former Cubs third baseman, who died last December, began his broadcasting career in 1990 and teamed with Hughes for 15 seasons.

Fans can cast votes for the Cubs radio broadcasters at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page, This is the ninth consecutive year the fans will select three of the 10 names on the ballot for the Frick Award. Voting runs from Thursday through Sept. 30, and fans can cast votes once per day through September.

The Hall of Fame has trimmed the list of fan-eligible candidates to 75, with two representing every current big league team and 15 at-large selections. The selections were based on popularity, longevity and past voting results in the online fan balloting. Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.

Results of the fan voting will be announced Oct. 5. The final 2012 Frick Award ballot will be comprised of the three fan selections, along with seven other candidates, determined by a Hall of Fame staff research team. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 at the Winter Meetings.

— Carrie Muskat

7/25 The Hawk lands in the HOF

Andre Dawson made a point of thanking Cubs fans for welcoming him to the city and supporting him during his induction speech Sunday at the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

“From my heart, thank you, Cubs fans,” Dawson said as fans bowed to him “You’re a true blessing in my life. I never knew what it felt to be loved by a city until I came to Chicago. You gave me new life in baseball when I arrived and you are the reason I contineud to play.

“You were the wind beneath the Hawk’s wings,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat