How much was Ron Santo worth?
|Net Worth:||$2 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||February 25, 1940|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Ron Santo
- Born: Feb. 25, 1940 in Seattle, Wash.
- Died: Dec. 3, 2010
- Teams: Chicago Cubs (1960-73), Chicago White Sox (1974)
- Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2012
- Height: 6-0
- Weight: 190
- Batted: Right
- Threw: Right
- Primary position: Third baseman
- Known as one of the best fielders at third base, he was the National League’s answer to the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson for 14 seasons with the Chicago Cubs. Won five consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1964-68.
- Also was a powerful hitter during a period when pitching reigned, hitting .277 in his career with 342 homers and 1,331 RBI. He had 2,254 hits, which ranks 155th all-time as of 2011. He ranks 87th in home runs and 87th in RBI. Only Mike Schmidt and Eddie Mathews have more home runs as third basemen entering 2011.
- Made the National League All-Star team nine times, and was a starter in four of those seasons.
- Is the only third baseman in big-league history to drive in 90 runs or more for eight consecutive seasons.
- Led the league in walks four times and in on-base percentage twice.
- Best season was in 1964, when he hit .313 with 30 homers, 114 RBI and led the NL with 13 triples.
- Led the National League in assists in every season from 1962-68. He’s tied all-time with Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt with seven. He held the NL record for career assists, total chances and double plays at third base until Schmidt broke those records a decade later.
- Known for a heel click move he started making after a win during the 1969 season. Encouraged to continue it by manager Leo Durocher, he continued doing it after a Cubs win that season. When the Cubs swooned in September that season, allowing the “Miracle Mets” to catch them in the standings, Santo discontinued the heel click.
- Suffered from Type 1 diabetes throughout his career — beginning at age 18 — and kept it silent.
- Was the first player to invoke the 10-and-5 rule (10 years in the league, five with the same team) to decline a trade, which he did in 1972. But he worked out a deal to trade him to the crosstown White Sox instead. He played one season, primarily as a designated hitter, in 1974 (the second year for the DH rule), and retired after the season at age 34.
- Joined the Cubs’ broadcast team in 1990 as a radio commentator and was immensely popular because of his enthusiasm for the team.
- Circulation problems, a complication of his diabetes, forced the amputation of both of his legs in 2001 and 2002.
- Santo’s No. 10 jersey was retired by the Cubs in 2003.
- Died in 2010, a year before he was chosen to the Hall of Fame, due to bladder cancer and complications from his diabetes. He was cremated and his ashes scattered on the field at Wrigley Field.
Hall of Fame journey:
- First appeared on the Baseball Writers’ Hall of Fame ballot in 1980, and received a pitiful 15 votes (3.9 percent), not enough to remain on the ballot and incredibly short of the 75 percent needed for induction. But Santo and some other overlooked players were reinstated in 1985, and he received 13.4 percent that year. He gradually climbed in the voting in subsequent years, but his highest percentage was 43 percent in 1998, his final year on the writers’ ballot.
- Considered by a committee in 2005, Santo and Gil Hodges received 65 percent of the vote and just missed election.
- Another 16-member committee of Hall of Famers, executives and media members voted Santo into the Hall of Fame with 15 of the 16 votes on Dec. 5, 2011.
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