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December 5, 2011

Cubs great 3B and announcer, Ron Santo is elected to the Hall of Fame

A few other important dates in history for Ron Santo:
Born: February 25, 1940
Died: December 2, 2010
Debut: June 26, 1960
Santo clicks his heels for the first time: June 26, 1969

Santo Career Highlights
Finished 1st in the National League in On Base Percentage in 1964 and 1966
Led the National League in Triples in 1964 (13)
Led the National League in Walks in 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1968
He was a nine time All Star and won 5 Gold Gloves at 3B
He is 5th on the All-Time Cubs list for Games Played
He is 8th on the All-Time Cubs list for Runs Scored
He is 7th on the All-Time Cubs list for Hits
He is 4th on the All-Time Cubs list for HR
He is 5th on the All-Time Cubs list for RBI

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Ron Santo

Ron Santo's career WAR as a Cub is 71.9.  The only Cub third baseman that is anywhere near this number is Stan Hack, who has 55.8.  After 4 years with the Cubs, Kris Bryant still needs a few more productive years with the team to deserve a comparison with Santo (his total career WAR after the 2018 season is 23.1).   

It's quite a trip through Cubs history when you look at the top Cubs 3B by season for WAR.  Ron Santo has the best WAR for a season in 1967, 1964, and 1966.  The Cubs 3B from World Series teams in 1906 (Harry 
Steinfeldt), 1945 (Stan Hack), and 2016 (Kris Bryant) all made the top 10.  The only Cubs hitter to win the triple crown (Heinie Zimmerman, 1912) also made the list.  Santo's 1965 season ranks 5th and his 1963 season ranks 10th and Kris Bryant's 2017 season ranks 8th to complete the Cubs top ten WAR for a Cubs 3B.  Santo (5 times) and Bryant (2 times) are the only Cubs 3B to make the top ten more than once. 

Top 10 WAR by season (Cubs 3B)

Player                             Season      WRC+    Avg   HR   RBI   WAR
Ron Santo                        1967           153     .300    31      98        9.5
Ron Santo                        1964           164     .313    30   114        8.7
Ron Santo                        1966           157     .312    30      94        8.5
Kris Bryant                      2016          148      .292    39   102       7.9
Ron Santo                        1965           145     .285     33   101       7.7
Heinie Zimmerman    1912           162     .372     14     99       7.6 
Harry Steinfeldt           1906           152     .327        3     83       7.4
Kris Bryant                      2017           146     .295      29    73       6.7
Stan Hack                         1945           134     .323         2    43      6.5
Ron Santo                         1963           129     .297      25    99      6.4

June 4, 1966
Ron Santo hits 2 home runs and a single, driving in 3 runs and scoring 3 as Cubs defeat Reds 5-3 at Wrigley Field.

Cubs History-June 4


June 26, 1960
Cubs sweep doubleheader over Pirates Ron Santo debut 3 for 7, a double and 5 RBI

July 3, 1960
Ron Santo hits first MLB home run against Reds during 7-5 win at Wrigley Field.


April 15, 1961
The Cubs and Milwaukee Braves are tied 4-4 going into the ninth inning.
Don Zimmer leads off the bottom of the ninth and gets hit by a pitch,
Ron Santo gets an infield single, Ernie Banks walks and with 2 outs,
Al Heist sends Cubs fans home happy with a walk-off Grand Slam
for a 9-5 Cubs victory.


May 13, 1962, game 1
At Wrigley Field, Billy Williams scores on a throwing error by Don Demeter
on a ball hit by Ron Santo with the bases loaded.  Cubs defeat the Phillies
8-7.  Billy Williams, George Altman & Lou Brock homer for the Cubs.


June 28, 1963
At Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, Ron Santo hits a game-winning
home run in the top of the 11th inning off Jack Baldschun.  Cubs defeat
Phillies 4-3. 

August 2, 1963
A wild back and forth game at Wrigley Field ends as Ron Santo doubles
and scores in the 12th inning on Jimmie Schafer's walk-off single. 

the Giants score 5 runs in the 8th inning to take an 11-5 lead in the
game, but the Cubs come back to score 6 in the bottom of the 8th.  Jimmie Schaffer homers and Leo Burnett hits a 3-run pinch hit home run.  Cubs win the game

August 8, 1963
ron Santo 10th inning walk-off home run is his 2nd of the game. Santo goes
2 for 3 with the 2 solo home runs, scores 3 runs and adds 2 walks to a
great day as Cubs defeat the Dodgers 5-4. 

September 1, 1963
For the 2nd consecutive day, the Cubs defeat the Colts on a 9th inning
walk-off victory.  On Sept 31st, the Cubs need 5 runs and an Ellis Burton
walk-off grand slam.  On this day, a Ron Santo walk-off double drives in
Lou Brock for a 4-3 cubs victory.


April 17, 1964
In the Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field, the Phillies defeat the Cubs
10-8. The 2 teams combined for 8 home runs. For the Cubs, Ron Santo,
Billy Cowan, Lou Brock all hit home runs. Billy Williams hits 2 home runs.

May 17, 1964
Trailing 4-1 into the ninth inning, with only 2 hits in the game, the Cub
come back to score 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and defeat the
 Reds 5-4.   Leo Burke leads off the ninth inning with a single and moves
to 2nd on a walk to Billy Williams. Ron Santo gets hit by a pitch to
load the bases for Ernie Banks. Banks drives in 2 runs with a single
to make the score 4-3. Andre Rodgers strikes out for the 1st out of
the inning. Pinch hitter, Jimmy Stewart ties the game with a sacrifice
fly and Billy Cowan gets the walk-off single, driving in Ernie Banks
with the deciding run as the Cubs defeat the Reds 5-4 at Wrigley Field.

September 24, 1964
Trailing the Dodgers 3-1 into the bottom of the 8th inning, John Bocabella
drives home Billy Williams with a single making it a 3-2 game. 

In the 9th inning, Jimmie Schaffer and Jimmy Steward walk and Don Kessinger drives in Billy Cowan (Cowan pinch ran for Jimmie Schaffer) to tie the game.  After an intentional walk to Billy Williams, Ron Santo gets the walkoff RBI with a sacrifice fly scoring Jimmy Stewart, Cubs defeat the Dodgers 4-3 at Wrigley Field.


April 12, 1965

The Cubs and Cardinals have a wild home opener. A high scoring game has the Cardinals leading 9-6 going into the 9th inning. The Cubs get 2 quick outs with no one on base when Ron Santo draws a walk, George Altman singles and Ernie Banks follows with a 3-run home run to tie the game at 9-9. Neither team scores in the 10th inning, but Lou Brock drives in a run in the 10th inning and Ron Santo ties it at 10-10 in to the bottom of the 10th inning. The Cubs load the bases in the bottom of the 10th inning, but fail to score anymore runs. Since back in 1965, Wrigley Field did not have lights, the game is called due to darkness. The game ending in a tie enables both Ron Santo & Billy Williams to play in 164 games in the 1965 season when all teams only have 162 scheduled games.

July 29, 1965, game 2
Mets trounce the Cubs in game 1 of a doubleheader 14-0, but the 2nd game is a low-scoring game.  Bill Faul pitches 8 scoreless innings, but is charged with the an earned run to tie the game 1-1 (Ted Abernathy gave up the game-tying hit).  Abernathy pitches 4 scoreless innings and gets the blown save and the victory when Ron Santo hits a walk-off solo home run in the
12th inning.  


July 4, 1966
Ron Santo returns to the line-up after being hit in the head with a pitch and extends his hit streak to 28 with hits in both doubleheader games.

1966 July 4 Ron Santo extends his hit streak to 27 and 28 after returning to the lineup after getting HBP on 6/26/66

August 5, 1966
Ron Santo leads off the 9th inning with a home run to tie the game 2-2 and after Tito Fuentes homers to give the giants a 3-2 lead, Ron Santo wins it for the Cubs win a 2-run, walk-off single to win the game 4-3. 

August 24, 1966
Ron Santo & Randy Hundley drive in 9th inning runs to win a come from behind victory over Mets at Wrigley Field 6-5. Hundley's infield single is the walk-off

June 4, 1966:
The Cubs beat the Reds‚ 6 - 4‚ as Ron Santo hits 2 homers and a single. Deron Johnson makes a great catch to rob Santo of a 4th hit.


July 22, 1967
Billy Williams homers and Randy Hundley drives in Ron Santo as Cubs rally to defeat the Giants 6-5 for a walk-off victory at Wrigley Field.

May 9, 1967
Ron Santo goes 5 for 5 with 5 singles to help the Cubs defeat the Giants 10-2 at Wrigley Field.

May 25, 1967
Ron Santo gets the walk-off RBI single against former teammate, Ted
Abernathy as Cubs defeat Reds 5-4 at Wrigley Field. 


March 16, 1968
Ron Santo singles home Glenn Beckert in the 1st inning for the only run of the game as Rich Nye pitches a 6-hit shutout for a 1-0 Cubs victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

August 4, 1968:
At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals honor Hall of Famer, Stan Musial unveiling a statute of the Cardinals great outside the stadium.  The Cubs ruin the
celebrations with a 13 inning, 6-5 victory over Bob Gibson, who pitched 11 innings.  Billy Williams homered, Ron Santo had 4 hits.  Al Spengler tied
the game in th 9th inning with a home run and pinch-hitter, Lee Elia got the game winning hit, driving in Randy Hundley for the 6-5 Cubs victory.

Elia, who later managed the Cubs, only had 3 hits and 3 RBI in his one season with the Cubs (1968).

August 30, 1968
Ron Santo hits 2 home runs and drives in all 5 Cubs run as Cubs defeat Astros 5-3 at Wrigley Field

September 25, 1968
AFter J ARcia hits a walk-off home run in the first game of a doubleheader, Ron Santo turns a 1-0 Dodgers lead into a 4-1 Cubs victory with a walk-off grand slam.  Dodgers pitcher,  Bill Singer is the tough luck loser after pitching 8 scoreless innings. 


April 13, 1969
The Cubs hot streak to begin the 1969 season continues as the team goes 5-1 for the season with a great comeback at Wrigley Field.    With the Cubs trailing 6-4 into the ninth inning, Jim Hickman reaches on an error and scores on Don Kessinger's double. Ron Santo draws a bases loaded walk to tie the game and Ernie Bank's single drives in Don Kessinger for a Cubs walk-off 7-6 victory.

July 23, 1969
Cubs start all 4 infielders in All-Star game at RFK stadium in Washington. Ernie Banks , Glenn Beckert, Don Kessinger and Ron Santo

August 24, 1969
Trailing 8-2 at Wrigley Field in Gm1 of DH, Cubs come from behind to defeat the Astors 10-9.   Ernie Banks, Billy Williams & Ron Santo all have 3 hits. Banks had 2 home runs.


April 17, 1970
After Expos score 3 runs to take a 7-6 lead in the 9th inning, Willie Smith
ties the game with a double in bottom of 9th and Ron Santo wins the game with a walk-off bases loaded walk.  Cubs defeat Expos 8-7 at Wrigley Field.

July 6, 1970
Ron Santo drives in 10 runs in a doubleader sweep of the Expos

April 26, 1970
Fergie Jenkins pitches a complete game, Jim Hickman, Billy Williams and Ron Santo all hit home runs (Santo's was a Grand Slam) as the first place Cubs defeat the Astros 6-3 for their 10th consecutive win.


April 28, 1971
Ron Santo gets the walk-off hit with a bases loaded single as Cubs defeat
the Expos 3-2 at Wrigley Field.

May 2, 1972
the Cubs defeat the Braves 12-1. Ron Santo, Glenn Beckert & JIm Hickman all hit home runs. Rick Monday goes 4 for 4.  Glenn Beckert's double, tripe and home run leaves him just a single short of the cycle.

April 16, 1972

In just his 4th major league game, 22 year old, Burt Hooton pithces a no-hitter against Phillies at Wrigley Field.  Cubs win 4-0, Randy Hundley drives in 2 runs and Ron Santo & Billy Williams each have 3 hits.  Hooton struck out 7 batters and walked 7 batters as well.

August 26, 1972
Ron Santo's 2,000 career hit is a big one, a 3-run home run in a 10-9 victory over the Giants and the hit also drives in his 1,200 career RBI.


July 4, 1973
Ron Santo walk off 2-run HR in tenth inning. Cubs defeat Phils 3-2 at Wrigley Field

April 6, 1973
A walk off walk as the Cubs defeat the Montreal Expos 3-2 at Wrigley Field. Mike Marshall of the Expos walks Randy Hundley with the bases loaded to tie the game and than walks Rick Monday for the Cubs victory.   Fergie Jenkins pitched 8 solid innings and Bob Locker got the victory for pitching the ninth inning.  Hall of Fame manager, Tony LaRussa, was the Cubs pinch runner (for Ron Santo) who scored the winning run. It is his only appearance in a MLB game for the Cubs.

April 7, 1973
Ron Santo gets the walk-off RBI single as Cubs defeated the Expos
3-2 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field.  Cubs begin the season with
back to back walkoff victories.

July 1, 1973, game 1
Ron Santo goes 5 for 5 with 2 RBI and a run scored.  He scores on Randy
Hundley's 3-run, walk-off home run.

July 4, 1973
Ron Santo 2-run walkoff hr Cubs 3 Phillies 2 in 10 innings.

December 11, 1973
Cubs trade Ron Santo to the White Sox for Steve Stone. 

Non-playing days  

April 8, 1996
Pat Hughes joins Ron Santo to announce Cubs games.

September 28, 2003
Cub retire Ron Santo's uniform  #10

February 25-Quite a day for Cubs birthdays:

Ron Santo
The great Cubs Hall of Famer was born on this day.

Andy Pafko
Pafko spent 9 of his 17 seasons with the Cubs primarily as an outfielder, but did play 3B one season. Pafko was a 5-time all-star with the team (1947-1950) with his best season being 1948 when he hit 26 HR's 101 RBI and a .312 batting average. Pafko's efforts helped the Cubs get to the 1945 World Series and he won a World Series championship with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957.

Bob Brenly
Cubs WGN broadcaster from 2005 to 2012

Ed Lynch
Ed Lynch pitched 2 seasons for the Cubs (1986-1987) compiling a 9-14 record and a 3.91 ERA as both a starting pitcher and relief pitcher.
In 1995, replaced Larry Himes as General Manager of the Cubs. In his tenure from 1995-2000, Lynch only produced one winning season for the team, but it was a great one, the 1998 season that saw the Cubs win 90 games and made a playoff appearance. He was replaced as Cubs GM by Andy MacPhail on 7/19/2000.

Jorge Soler
Had a great playoff series in 2015 for the Cubs and helped the team win the 2016 World Series.

Ron Santo Statue at Wrigley Field

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