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A Tip O' The Deep Dish Cap To The Ol' Third Baseman

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).

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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.

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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:

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For now, it means skipping the upcoming three-day trip to Seattle, his hometown, a trip he had planned to make until this weekend.

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For next season, it probably means his travel with the team will be limited to cities in the National League Central.

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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.

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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.