Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 2012
Ron Santo stands among baseball’s all-time great third basemen with both his bat and his glove. In 15 big league seasons, all but one with the Cubs, the nine-time All-Star hit 342 career home runs, logged 11 years with at least 20 round-trippers, and posted four .300 seasons. Leading the league in total chances at the hot corner eight times, the smooth fielder earned five Gold Glove Awards. Santo revealed his struggle against diabetes late in his playing career, then became a devoted fundraiser for research. In 1990, the Cubs’ biggest fan joined their broadcast crew and thrived for two decades.
... that in 1965, Ron Santo tied a major league record by playing 164 games at third base?
This Day in Baseball History
On December 6, 1960, the American League awards an expansion franchise to a group headed by movie legend Gene Autry and former football star Bob Reynolds. The newly created Los Angeles Angels will begin play in 1961.