Results tagged ‘ Ron Santo ’

7/17 Countdown to Cooperstown

Fergie Jenkins can’t wait until Ron Santo is able to add “Hall of Fame” after his name. Unfortunately, as Cubs fans know, the honor came too late for Santo to do that himself. Santo, the long time Cubs third baseman and radio color man, will be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown. As part of a week-long series of events, Santo, who died in December 2010, almost one year to the day before he was elected into the Hall, was celebrated on Tuesday at the “Cubs Corner” luncheon sponsored by WGN Radio.

“Everybody’s asking how we’re gearing up for it and what we’re looking forward to,” Ron Santo Jr. said. “Personally, I’ve never been there, so I’m looking forward to actually going to Cooperstown and seeing the museum and the town and everything I’ve heard about. It’s just icing on the cake to watch the presentation on Sunday to see dad’s plaque finally go up.”

Santo’s wife Vickie will deliver the speech Sunday, and has been practicing, Ron Jr. said, but not in front of family.

“I think she’d probably be more nervous doing that in front of us than in front of the crowd,” he said.

Jenkins, who was Santo’s Cubs teammate, and inducted into Cooperstown in 1991, will attend the festivities Sunday.

“I think the family in general will be really excited because of the fact that Ronnie is getting inducted,” Jenkins said. “Unfortunately, Ronnie isn’t with us, but now with Ron Santo’s name, you’ll see ‘HOF’ behind it, it’ll be very important. This is an opportunity to get put in a class of great athletes, and Ronnie was a great athlete.”

Santo’s son, Jeff, who directed “This Old Cub,” a movie about his father’s life, has put together a special edition of the film (available at which includes footage of the statue unveiling at Wrigley Field for his father as well as the city of Chicago’s sendoff after his funeral. Fans also can celebrate Santo highlights on a CD compiled by Hughes, part of his “Baseball Voices” collection.

“This was something he wanted ever since he retired,” Ron Jr. said. “To him, it was the pinnacle.”

— 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

6/8 Countdown to Cooperstown

Ron Santo will be immortalized in Cooperstown in six weeks, and visitors to the Baseball Hall of Fame can celebrate his legacy now. Some of the artifact highlights include:

* A 1969 Chicago Cubs road jersey worn by Ron Santo

* A bat used by Santo in 1969, when he hit 29 home runs and notched a career-best 123 RBI

* A batting helmet used by Santo in 1966, featuring one of the first models that incorporated an ear flap

* Santo’s 1968 Gold Glove Award, his fifth straight at third base

The 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. CT on July 22 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown and will be shown live on MLB Network.

— Carrie Muskat


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

1/14 Extra bases: Santo, DeJesus, Campy & more

Ron Santo’s wife, Vicki, his son, Ron Santo Jr., and former teammates Randy Hundley, Glenn Beckert, and Billy Williams talked about the late third baseman, who was elected into the Hall of Fame in December. The session at the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Hilton was standing room only. All agreed they were sad that the news came after Santo had passed.

“Ronnie would’ve been happier than anybody who’s ever been elected to the Hall of Fame,” said WGN Radio’s Pat Hughes, who was Santo’s partner for 15 years, and the emcee.

Vicki Santo will deliver the speech in honor of her husband in the induction ceremonies at Cooperstown on July 22.

* Extra bases: David DeJesus is the leading candidate to leadoff for the Cubs but Dale Sveum said he’s considering using Tony Campana in certain matchups. … During a Q&A session in which kids were the reporters, Campana was the star. Nearly every question was directed to the speedy outfielder, which prompted Reed Johnson to ask the kids if they did that because the 5-foot-8 Campana was the same size as they were. … Campana, by the way, would have liked to be an astronaut if he wasn’t playing baseball. …  New pitching coach Chris Bosio said he expects the pitchers to be prepared, dictate the tempo of the game, and throw strikes. “We’re going to turn Wrigley Field into a homefield advantage, hopefully like they’ve never seen before,” he said. … The Cubs have not asked for more night games but would like more flexibility with the schedule so they could have a late game on Friday after a road trip, Tom Ricketts said. No plans for a video scoreboard.

— Carrie Muskat

12/5 Cubs notebook

Carlos Zambrano could pitch this weekend for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. Zambrano is healing after taking a line drive off his face that required 16 stitches. He’s made three starts in Venezuela.

* Theo Epstein says they are still adding to the front office and interviewing people at the Winter Meetings for scouting and player development positions. This time at the Hilton Anatole also gives him the chance to meet some of the staff.

“This is a good opportunity to have face to face conversations with guys I haven’t met before and haven’t worked with before,” Epstein said. “It’s a nice chance to do that instead of being in isolation at Wrigley all the time.”

* Although he did not know him well, Epstein said he was moved by the outpouring of emotion for late Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, who was elected into the Hall of Fame on Monday.

“What a beloved figure by everyone,” Epstein said. “People couldn’t be happier for him and his family and the organization and our fans. It’s long overdue and well deserved. It’s a great day for everyone’s who come across Ron Santo.”

— 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