Category Archives: Ron Santo Collection

Happy Birthday Ron Santo!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Santo!!!

It’s still very saddening that Santo is no longer with us – but the greatness that he left with the Cubs organization, the city of Chicago, and to the world of diabetes education and treatment will live on forever.

One of Chicago’s favorite sons, Ron Santo enjoyed suiting up for the Cubs for 14 years as a player and then for close to 20 years as a radio and television broadcaster.

A popular player on the field, Santo was an All-star 9 times during his 15-year career.  And today he is as popular as he was during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Happy Birthday Mr. Santo!!!  Today is your day.

 

1973 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Traded To The Chicago White Sox

1973 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Traded To The Chicago White Sox

On this day in 1973, Ron Santo was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox.

After 14 glorious seasons in which he called Wrigley Field home, Ron Santo was traded to the White Sox where he would play his 15th and final season in the big leagues.

During his time with the Cubs, Santo established himself as one of the best third basemen in all of baseball.  A 9-time All-star and winner of 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards, Santo was a fan favorite.  As the team started to tear apart it’s core, Santo was gone along with Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.

In that 1 year he played for the White Sox, Santo hardly lived up to his reputation.  At just 34 years of age, his prime was past him.  Gone were the double-digit home runs and gone were the 80+ RBI tallies.  Still, Santo enjoyed one more year in the city he loved.  And the fans showered him with appreciation!!!

2011 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

2011 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 2011, Ron Santo was elected into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

From MLB.com:

Legendary Cubs third baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a 16-member Golden Era Committee, which revealed the results of its balloting on Monday at the Winter Meetings.

Santo and Gil Hodges, for many years two of the most-debated candidates for Cooperstown, were once again up for induction on a 10-person ballot, representing players and executives who participated from 1947-72.

Needing 12 votes (75 percent) to be elected, Santo — who died last year from the complications of diabetes and cancer — received 15 of the 16 votes. Pitcher Jim Kaat finished second with 10 votes, followed by Hodges and Minnie Minoso with nine each and Tony Oliva with eight.

Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each received fewer than three votes.

Santo becomes the fourth member of the Cubs teams from the 1960s and ’70s to enter the Hall, joining teammates Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ferguson Jenkins. Williams was a member of the committee that elected Santo.

Santo will be inducted during next year’s ceremony on July 22.

Also to be announced during the Winter Meetings are the winners of the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday and the Ford C. Frick Award on Wednesday. The Spink is awarded by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to a baseball writer for long and meritorious service from that group. The Frick Award annually honors a baseball broadcaster for his excellence.

The annual BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot was sent out this past week and includes Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays pitcher Jack Morris and a host of players whose names are appearing on it for the first time. Larkin is on the ballot for the third time and seemingly has the best shot at being elected. Last year, he garnered 62.1 percent of the vote.

The BBWAA ballot winners will be announced on Jan. 9 by Hall president Jeff Idelson. MLB.com will simulcast MLB Network’s coverage of the announcement at 2 p.m. ET.

The Golden Era Committee gathered on Sunday to discuss the candidates and voted early Monday morning prior to the announcement.

The Golden Era Committee took its first crack at it this year with a pre-integration, pre-1946 committee to hold its first election next year. The post-expansion committee voted in general manager Pat Gillick last year. The trio of smaller committees cycle every three years. Finalists each year are selected by a BBWAA-appointed Historical Overview Committee. To be eligible this year, candidates must have played at least 10 Major League seasons, not appear on MLB’s ineligible list and have been retired for 21 or more seasons.

Managers, umpires and executives must have spent at least 10 years in baseball and be retired for consideration.

Members of the Golden Era Committee were Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Williams; Major League executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael and Al Rosen; and veteran media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Rod Carew 2004 Playoff Prestige ‘Changing Stripes’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Rod Carew 2004 Playoff Prestige ‘Changing Stripes’

This is a pretty neat card, and I think I have another one somewhere in my collection, I’m just not sure where…

The card comes from the 2004 Playoff Prestige subset titled, ‘Changing Stripes’.

This one features Hall of Famer, Rodney Carew.

Have a look:

SHOW 2

The card acknowledges Carew going from the Twins to the Angels. 

I like the look of the card, and the team logos really stand out against the black background.

Happy Birthday Ron Santo!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Santo!!!

Today we celebrate the life of Ron Santo who would have turned 73 years old today.  It’s still very saddening that Santo is no longer with us – but the greatness that he left with the Cubs organization, the city of Chicago, and to the world of diabetes education and treatment will live on forever.

One of Chicago’s favorite sons, Ron Santo enjoyed suiting up for the Cubs for 14 years as a player and then for close to 20 years as a radio and television broadcaster.

A popular player on the field, Santo was an All-star 9 times during his 15-year career.  And today he is as popular as he was during the 1960’s and 1970’s. 

Happy Birthday Mr. Santo!!!

Ron Santo 2012 Panini Cooperstown – Where Was This Picture Taken???

Ron Santo 2012 Panini Cooperstown

As I told you a few days ago, I went on a little bit of a shopping spree for cards from the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set.

I went after most of the guys that I have built collections of, and a few surprises too.

Here is the card of Ron Santo from the set:

VINTAGE SANTO

It’s nice to see a very young picture of Santo being used.  He was a fun and energetic player, and a true igniter of offense for the Cubs teams of the 1960’s.

I do have a question though – Where was this photo taken??

To be honest, it looks like the shot was snapped in the backyard of my next door neighbor’s house from my middle school days.  The Henderson’s had a fence just like that!!! 

Seriously, where was this photo snapped?  If you know, please share the info.  Thank you.

1973 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Traded To The Chicago White Sox

1973 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Traded To The Chicago White Sox

On this day in 1973, Ron Santo was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox.

After 14 glorious seasons in which he called Wrigley Field home, Ron Santo was traded to the White Sox where he would play his 15th and final season in the big leagues.

During his time with the Cubs, Santo established himself as one of the best third basemen in all of baseball.  A 9-time All-star and winner of 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards, Santo was a fan favorite.  As the team started to tear apart it’s core, Santo was gone along with Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.

In that 1 year he played for the White Sox, Santo hardly lived up to his reputation.  At just 34 years of age, his prime was past him.  Gone were the double-digit home runs and gone were the 80+ RBI tallies.  Still, Santo enjoyed one more year in the city he loved.  And the fans showered him with appreciation!!!

2011 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

2011 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 2011, Ron Santo was elected into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

From MLB.com:

Legendary Cubs third baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a 16-member Golden Era Committee, which revealed the results of its balloting on Monday at the Winter Meetings.

Santo and Gil Hodges, for many years two of the most-debated candidates for Cooperstown, were once again up for induction on a 10-person ballot, representing players and executives who participated from 1947-72.

Needing 12 votes (75 percent) to be elected, Santo — who died last year from the complications of diabetes and cancer — received 15 of the 16 votes. Pitcher Jim Kaat finished second with 10 votes, followed by Hodges and Minnie Minoso with nine each and Tony Oliva with eight.

Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each received fewer than three votes.

Santo becomes the fourth member of the Cubs teams from the 1960s and ’70s to enter the Hall, joining teammates Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ferguson Jenkins. Williams was a member of the committee that elected Santo.

Santo will be inducted during next year’s ceremony on July 22.

Also to be announced during the Winter Meetings are the winners of the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday and the Ford C. Frick Award on Wednesday. The Spink is awarded by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to a baseball writer for long and meritorious service from that group. The Frick Award annually honors a baseball broadcaster for his excellence.

The annual BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot was sent out this past week and includes Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays pitcher Jack Morris and a host of players whose names are appearing on it for the first time. Larkin is on the ballot for the third time and seemingly has the best shot at being elected. Last year, he garnered 62.1 percent of the vote.

The BBWAA ballot winners will be announced on Jan. 9 by Hall president Jeff Idelson. MLB.com will simulcast MLB Network’s coverage of the announcement at 2 p.m. ET.

The Golden Era Committee gathered on Sunday to discuss the candidates and voted early Monday morning prior to the announcement.

The Golden Era Committee took its first crack at it this year with a pre-integration, pre-1946 committee to hold its first election next year. The post-expansion committee voted in general manager Pat Gillick last year. The trio of smaller committees cycle every three years. Finalists each year are selected by a BBWAA-appointed Historical Overview Committee. To be eligible this year, candidates must have played at least 10 Major League seasons, not appear on MLB’s ineligible list and have been retired for 21 or more seasons.

Managers, umpires and executives must have spent at least 10 years in baseball and be retired for consideration.

Members of the Golden Era Committee were Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Williams; Major League executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael and Al Rosen; and veteran media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck.

Ron Santo 2004 Fleer Greats

Ron Santo 2004 Fleer Greats

It has been almost two months since I last added a Ron Santo baseball card to my collection.  And that is not good…

I am hoping that when the new collecting year begins that the newly inducted Hall of Famer is included in some more releases.  I have yet to see any complete checklist for any of the new Topps product slated for 2013, but I am crossing my fingers that the name ‘Ron Santo’ is on a few of them.

Thankfully, there are still some modern issues of Santo that I need to grab.

And this card from the 2004 Fleer Greats set is no longer one of them!!

Have a look at this beauty:

Ron Santo 1992 Action Packed Baseball Card

Ron Santo 1992 Action Packed Baseball Card

I found this card on my desk this morning.  I know that it was sent to me as part of a trade package, but I must have mis-handled it as I cannot recall who sent it to me.

So, if you are the generous person, THANK YOU for the great Ron Santo card.  I have never seen this one before and it makes a great addition to my Ron Santo player collection!!!

We miss you, Ronnie!!