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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 www.johnhanleyartist.com or email him at johnhanleyartist@mac.com.

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, www.facebook.com/baseballhall. 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

12/23 The Hawk waits for HOF call

Andre Dawson’s wife Vanessa was determined to get their son, Darius, a pair of the latest Nike Air Jordan shoes for Christmas, which meant they had to be at the store by 5 a.m. Wednesday. Andre went with her.

“I told her, ‘Michael [Jordan] is sleeping, dreaming, and counting his millions and we’re out buying sneakers,’” Dawson said Wednesday from his Florida home.

They came away empty handed because the store didn’t have their son’s size. Dawson is hoping he gets better news on Jan. 6 when the Hall of Fame announces the induction class for 2010.

This will be Dawson’s ninth year on the ballot and it’s his best chance to get into Cooperstown. The former Cubs outfielder, who won the NL MVP in 1987, has heard from plenty of other players and Hall of Famers surprised the Hawk isn’t already enshrined.

“They say, ‘You should have been in already,’” Dawson said. “I hear that a lot. A lot of them say, ‘It’s going to happen.’ … A lot of people ask, ‘Why are they waiting?’ I obviously don’t have an answer for that. With no one ahead of me to hurdle, there’s a reason to be a little more optimistic.”

He’ll spend the day the same way as any other day, going to the gym in the morning. He’ll be home in time for the announcement.

“You want to be there when it is announced, just to get some of the feedback from the analysts on who got in and the reasons why the other players didn’t,” Dawson said. “That’s what I’ve had interest in the last few years is if the vote percentage  is going up and how much.”

All the Baseball Writers Association of America voting members need to do is check with Dawson’s teammates, like Shawon Dunston. He worships the Hawk.

“When he was hurt, he just played and played and I was very impressed,” Dunston told me in September. “People always talk about intangibles. He had bad knees and never complained, not once. He never asked to come out of a game, if we were winning 10-0 or down 10-0. … He’s a true gentleman and a true professional.”

Dunston bonded with Dawson immediately. The shortstop was stationed between Ryne Sandberg and Dawson in the home clubhouse at Wrigley Field.

“They were two of the quietest people in the world,” Dunston said. “They didn’t say more than 10 words a day. … I learned from Andre and Ryno how to go about your business and never complain.”

– Carrie Muskat 

12/9 The Ryno effect

A snowstorm was the only thing to stop the Triple-A Iowa Cubs from selling tickets on Wednesday in Des Moines. The phones started ringing immediately when word got out that Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg would be the team’s new manager.

“Ryno has spurred some interest in us, that’s for sure,” said Iowa general manager Sam Bernabe on Wednesday.

Bernabe was in Indianapolis for the Winter Meetings, and talked to Peoria club officials about how they handled Sandberg’s first season as a Minor League manager. The media requests have started already.

“He knows what’s expected of him,” Bernabe said of Sandberg, who led the Double-A Tennessee Smokies to the Southern League championship this year.

– Carrie Muskat

12/4 Hall of Fame

My Hall of Fame ballot arrived Friday, and it always prompts some interesting discussions. Just wanted to see how fans feel about some of the candidates. I’ve already checked Andre Dawson (and have every year he’s been on the ballot) so that’s one.

What do you think about Jack Morris? How about Bert Blyleven, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Alan Trammell and Lee Smith?

Here are some of the first-time candidates: Roberto Alomar, Andres Galarraga, Eric Karros, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, and Robin Ventura.

– Carrie Muskat

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