Nov. 18, 2017
Ron Santo Bled Cubbie Blue
Ron Santo broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1960 with the secret he suffered Juvenile diabetes. His condition wouldn't be disclosed until 1971. In the meantime, he built a Hall of Fame career. Santo hit 342 home runs over the course of a career that extended from 1960-1974, all but one year as a Chicago Cub. He drove in 1331 RBI, he was nine time all-star, and won the Gold Glove award five straight seasons from 1964-1968. One of the best third basemen in his era.
He has the distinction of being the only third baseman to knock in 90 or more runs in eight seasons. Santo became the first 10 and 5 player (10 years in the league, and five those being with the same team) to veto a trade. When he vetoed a trade to the California. Santo was traded at the end of his career to the Chicago White Sox, where he played one season and retired.
In 1990, he joined the Chicago Cubs broadcast team. Santo was emotional in the booth enjoying Cubs wins as well as his despondency in defeat. September 28, 2003, the Chicago Cubs honored him by retiring his #10. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012 by the Golden Era Committee. The annual Ron Santo walk raised some $65 million dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.