Celebration of Santo: Cubs Invite Fans to Gala Honoring Legendary Third Baseman on Saturday

Induction Eve Event Runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 21 at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown and is Open to the Public

July 17, 2012
(NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Ron Santo’s love affair with the City of Chicago lasted more than 50 years. This summer, the village where the fans’ love for the National Pastime burns brightest will host the ultimate celebration of Santo and his legacy. 

Santo, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in December by the Golden Era Committee, will be enshrined as a member of the Class of 2012 during the July 20-23 Induction Weekend, with the Induction Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. ET on July 22 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. 

On Saturday, July 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, the Chicago Cubs and the Hall of Fame invite fans to attend a celebration of Santo’s career on the eve of his induction. Join members of Ron’s family, former teammates and Cubs representatives as they look back on the life of Ron Santo and share some of their favorite stories of the Cubs legend, from on and off the field.  

Food and drinks will also be available at this event that is open to the public. All visitors in Cooperstown are welcome to attend. 

A suggested $10 donation, with proceeds benefiting the Hall of Fame and Cubs Charities, will be accepted at the door. Tickets will not be pre-sold. 

Santo began his big league career in 1960 with the Cubs. In 14 seasons with the Cubs and his final season with the White Sox, Santo hit .277 with 342 home runs and 1,331 RBI, clubbing at least 25 home runs in eight seasons while leading the league in walks four times. He won five Gold Glove Awards for his play at third base, and he was named to nine National League All-Star Games. 

Santo is just the 12th big league third baseman to be elected to the Hall of Fame. 

Following his playing career, Santo served as an analyst on Cubs radio broadcasts on WGN for 21 seasons, becoming one of the most beloved sports personalities in Chicago. Santo passed away on Dec. 2, 2010. 

For more information on Hall of Fame Weekend, please visit www.baseballhall.org

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