Chicago Cubs: Ron Santo belongs on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore
Ron Santo had a profound and lasting impact on the Chicago Cubs, both on and off the field. As a legendary third baseman, he was a big part of the heart and soul of the Cubs for 14 seasons from 1960 to 1973. His exceptional defensive skills, powerful bat, and unwavering passion endeared him to fans and made him a cornerstone of the team’s identity.
Santo’s contributions on the field were remarkable. He was a nine-time All-Star, consistently delivering stellar performances and earning widespread respect from opponents and teammates alike. His glove work at the hot corner was nothing short of exceptional, setting a standard for defensive excellence as he earned five Gold Gloves.
Beyond his athletic prowess, Santo’s impact extended off the field as well. His dedication to charitable work, particularly in support of diabetes research and assisting those with diabetes (a disease he battled himself) showcased his generosity and commitment to making a positive difference. His engaging and spirited personality, both on the field and in the broadcast booth for more than 20 years, endeared him to fans, forging an unbreakable bond between Santo and the Cubs faithful.
Ron Santo’s legacy remains deeply ingrained in the Chicago Cubs’ history. His induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012, long overdue, solidified his place among the game’s greats.