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1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

On this day in 1995, Robin Ventura hit two Grand Slams in the same game, becoming just the 8th player in major league history to accomplish the feat.

Here is a closer look at Ventura’s stat line from that very memorable ballgame:

3-for-5 with a walk, 3 runs scored, 8 RBI, and most importantly – A Chicago White Sox victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ventura!!

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Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Robin Ventura turns 47 years old today!!

Ah, one of my favorite White Sox players of all-time is celebrating his birthday today. As a Cubs loyalist, it’s hard to even admit, verbally or written, that I like some of the players on the ‘pale hose’. But, truth be told, when I first moved to Chi-town in 1988, it was much easier to get tickets to see the Sox so I enjoyed several games at Comiskey Park. And of the players I got to see regularly, Robin Ventura became one of my favorites. You see, I was a third baseman too and I was also a much better contact hitter than power hitter. The similarities between myself and Robin Ventura in regards to our baseball successes stops there…

What I enjoyed most about Ventura was watching him get better. He was not a rookie that came into the league and took baseball by storm. He was a worker and over the first few seasons we got to watch him get better. He got better at hitting, driving in runs, and defense and Sox fans took him in as their own because of his dedication to the team and the game. It was nice to see him blossom and he churned out a very solid 16-year career.

By the end of his playing days, Ventura was a 2-time All-star and 6-time Gold Glove award winner. He tallied 1,885 career hits and slammed 294 home runs.

Currently, Robin Ventura is back in Chicago serving as manager of the team he debuted with – the White Sox. He is doing a solid job, and I wish him the best.

Happy Birthday Mr. Ventura!!!

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1975 Topps Set Card 186/660 – #446 – Bart Johnson, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 186/660 – #446 – Bart Johnson, White Sox

Bart Johnson spent his full 8-year career with the Chicago White Sox.  A pitcher, Johnson appeared n 185 games for the Sox, starting 97 of them.  He has a career record of 43-51 with 17 saves.  In 809 innings of work, Johnson amassed an ERA of 3.94 allowing 806 hits and 392 runs.  In those 809 innings, Johnson stuck out 520 batters while allowing 348 walks.  Johnson never appeared in the postseason.

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1975 Topps Set Card 161/660 – #35 – Ron Santo, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 161/660 – #35 – Ron Santo, White Sox

Progress: 161/660

Player Name:  Ron Santo

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  3rd Base, 2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1960-74

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ron Santo did not play major league baseball in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Ron Santo was named as an All-Star in nine of his 15 big league seasons.  He starred for the Cubs in 14 of those years, and was a major star for the team.  Santo won five consecutive Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence at third base while also receiving MVP consideration in seven seasons.  He has 2,254 career hits with 365 doubles, 342 home runs, and 1,331 RBI.

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Ron Santo And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 2011

Ron Santo And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 2011

Ron Santo Is A Hall Of Famer!!! FINALLY!!!

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 And His Glorious 1961 Topps Rookie Card!!!

Ron Santo And His Glorious 1961 Topps Rookie Card!!!

I had drooled over this card way before I declared myself as a Ron Santo player collector.

I have always enjoyed the 1961 set and its basic design.  The Santo card offers us a nice, large photo with Wrigley Field and the visiting team’s dugout in the background.

And then there is the Topps ‘All-Star Rookie’ logo.  Santo played in just 95 games during the 1960 season, but his efforts were solid enough to earn him a 4th place finish for the NL Rookie of the Year award and a spot on the Topps ‘All-Star Rookie Team’.

It’s not too often that a player’s first major brand issue features such a nice achievement!!!

I’m beyond thrilled to have one of these beauties in my collection!!!

Chicago Cubs Unveil Ron Santo Statue To Honor His Cubs Career

Chicago Cubs Unveil Ron Santo Statue To Honor His Cubs Career

CHICAGO (AP)—The Chicago Cubs unveiled a statue of Ron Santo during a pregame ceremony outside of Wrigley Field on Wednesday, honoring the beloved player and broadcaster who died last winter.

The sculpture depicts Santo in his playing days, getting ready to make a throw. It was placed near the stature of longtime Santo teammate Billy Williams on the plaza directly southeast of the venerable ballpark, an appropriate setting for the Cub legend.

“Wrigley Field was his favorite place on Earth,” said Pat Hughes, Santo’s longtime partner on Cubs radio broadcasts.  Santo died at the age of 70 last Dec. 3 of complications from bladder cancer and diabetes.

The scene around the ceremony was hectic. Fans numbering in the hundreds swarmed around the gated-off area set aside for the service, blocking Sheffield Avenue and two lanes of Addison Street, forcing westbound buses to veer off into oncoming traffic. Other fans watched from the crowded concourses inside the park and from the upper levels of a multistory bar across the street.

At one point during the ceremony, a fire truck, alarm blaring, had to ease through the crowd along Sheffield. At least two people collapsed during the speeches and had to be carted away on stretchers.

Santo was a member of the Cubs organization for the better part of five decades as a player (1960-74) and broadcaster (1990-2010). He hit 337 of his 342 career homers in a Cubs uniform, fourth most in franchise history, despite a decades-long battle with diabetes.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts focused on how Santo touched the lives of many who suffered from juvenile diabetes through his fundraising efforts, which Ricketts estimated at $60 million during his lifetime.

“He connected with all of us because he was our fan,” Ricketts said. “He was the beating heart of Chicago Cubs fans everywhere and we’ll miss him dearly.”

As a broadcaster, Santo was known for unabashedly rooting on his beloved Cubs, a trait that endeared him to thousands who never saw him play.

“I don’t think I’ve met anybody that had the passion Ronnie did,” said Cubs manager Mike Quade. “And it was as sincere as the day was long.”

Hughes touched upon a long-running gag by joking that the statue would be“One of three things. Batting. Ronnie fielding. Or Ronnie with his hairpiece on fire.

“It’s going to be a beautiful statue, though.”

Santo’s widow, Vicki, sat with the rest of the family in the front row for the service and said that he knew that he was going to be honored with the statue, having been informed so by the Cubs last summer. She said he was thrilled.

“Vicki, do you know what a big deal that is?” she remembered him saying.

Santo’s son Jeff said his hustling style on the field as depicted by the statue was the perfect metaphor for his life.

“That’s how he lived his life,” Jeff Santo said. “He never stayed back on the ball. He was always moving forward.”

Santo’s statue, the fourth commemorative artwork outside Wrigley Field, was unveiled by former teammates Randy Hundley and Glenn Beckert to the sounds of trumpets and loud cheers from the throng gathered at Sheffield and Addison.

“We thank the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family for giving him a home forever,” Jeff Santo said. “And for giving all of us, everyone, a place to have to come and visit.”

Williams, Ernie Banks and broadcaster Harry Caray also have been honored with statues outside the ballpark.

Hall of Famers Williams, Banks and Ferguson Jenkins were n attendance, as were the widows of Caray and former Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse. Most of the current Cubs came out for the service, wearing special No. 10 blue ballcaps, as did Quade and most of the club’s front office staff.

“He was a remarkable person,” Banks said. “Ron Santo did not have an enemy. He loved everybody.”