Cubs fans actually found themselves enjoying a bit of good news today as Ron Santo was elected to the Hall of Fame, receiving 15 of 16 votes from the Golden Era Committee.* Santo was a nine-time All-Star for the Cubbies before becoming the radio voice of the club for 21 years. He sadly passed away in 2010 due to complications from bladder cancer, pneumonia and diabetes, a condition he concealed throughout the course of his playing career.
“I always admired Ron’s courage and loyalty, and I miss him very much,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement released by MLB. “Today, I am so proud to know that his contributions to baseball will receive the highest honor.”
This past August, Cubs ownership paid tribute to Santo by presenting a statue of his likeness at Wrigley Field, but today’s news finally puts the exclamation point on his career that so many Cubbie fans had been hoping for.
*In case you have no clue what the Golden Era Committee is, it’s a panel covering the period from 1947-72 and is comprised of Hall of Fame players, baseball executives and veteran baseball reporters.
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