Markusen: HOF Weekend, thinking of Ron Santo

From SABR member Bruce Markusen at The Hardball Times on July 20, 2012:

Although Ron Santo died nearly two years ago, his spirit is the one that most pervades this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. As someone who has long argued for Santo to make the Hall of Fame, it’s especially satisfying for me to see him finally receive the honor, even if it has to come after his passing at the age of 70. 

Santo’s presence will certainly be felt at Sunday’s induction ceremony, but it will also pervade the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown on Saturday morning and afternoon. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the Cubs will host an open reception in honor of Santo. Several of his former teammates are expected to attend, including Randy Hundley and Glenn Beckert, and will mingle with fans. The reception is free to the public, though visitors are encouraged to make a small donation to the Cubs. 

The reception is a wonderful idea, and a fitting tribute to a Chicago legend and icon. Santo has become so well known that you’ve probably read and heard most everything relevant about his career, but I’ve tried to uncover some interesting and little-known tidbits about the great third baseman while researching his Hall of Fame file and wandering through the Internet. Here are a few tidbits

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Originally published: July 20, 2012. Last Updated: July 20, 2012.