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Ron Santo

  • Sport: Baseball
  • Decade Inducted: 80s

Passionate and driven to win, the greatest third baseman in Chicago Cubs history.

Ron Santo was born February 25, 1940 in Seattle, Washington. The passionate and often hot-tempered third baseman is known as the best in Chicago Cubs history.

Santo debuted in the major leagues with the Cubs in 1960, displaying his strength at defense from the start. During the 1960s, Santo came up against some of baseball’s greatest pitchers – Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax – and more than held his own.

In 1964, he hit .313 with 30 home runs, 13 triples (which led the league), and 114 RBIs. It was Santo’s greatest all-around year of his career.

From 1965 through 1968, Santo led the NL in walks four times, exceeded 100 RBIs twice and enjoyed 30+ home runs. In 1966, Santo had a 28-game hitting streak and he set a league record the following year with 393 assists at third base.

Santo played 14 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and one with the White Sox before retiring after the 1974 season. He boasts a lifetime batting average of .277 with 1,331 RBIs, 2,254 hits and 342 career homeruns. Over the course of his career, Santo was an All-Star nine times and won five Gold Gloves.

Santo was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.