Ron Santo was an outstanding third baseman for the Cubs for fourteen seasons (and a not-so-great DH/3B/2B for the White Sox for one).â†µ
He’s one of the ten best third basemen in major league history and deserves Hall of Fame induction; why the Hall hasn’t done this yet is beyond me.â†µ
He’s been a broadcaster on WGN radio during Cubs games since 1990 — 21 seasons, one of the longer such careers in Chicago sports radio. Now, due to health reasons, Ron has to cut back on his broadcast schedule:â†µ
For now, it means skipping the upcoming three-day trip to Seattle, his hometown, a trip he had planned to make until this weekend.â†µ
For next season, it probably means his travel with the team will be limited to cities in the National League Central.â†µ
Santo is 70, and as big a Cubs fan as anyone. Not everyone cares for his broadcast style, but there’s no doubt he lives and dies with the team like any big fan.â†µ
Saturday, when the Cubs face the White Sox on the South Side, is the 50th anniversary of Santo’s major league debut. A salute from us to one of the finest players in Cubs history.