After 32 Years, Ron Santo Finally Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo has been elected posthumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame, garnering 93.8 percent of the vote from the Golden Era committee. In his 32nd year of eligibility, Santo has finally reached baseball’s highest honor.
Santo has long been a fan favorite, and his death last year from complications due to bladder cancer and pneumonia might have earned him the additional votes he required for induction.
He’s the first former player in eight years that the committee has let in.
Santo played 15 seasons (14 with the Cubs) between 1960 and 1974, and then served as a broadcaster for the organization for another 21 seasons after his retirement from the game. He hit .277 with 342 home runs and 1,331 RBIs, and was picked as an All-Star nine times during his playing years. He was also one of the best fielding third basemen of his era.