Hall of Fame Bound

By Josh Simon

July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 12:02 AM CDT

Later this month the late Ron Santo will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His statistics say he should have gone in a long time ago. So why didn't he?
For over thirty years Ron Santo waited for the phone call from the Hall of fame. Finally 32 years after he was first eligible, that call came. Only Santo wasn't around to answer.
Former teammate and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks said, "Every year he was thinking about being elected into the baseball Hall of Fame. They didn't do it and then we lost him last December, He was holding on to go into the Hall of Fame but he knew that he was pretty ill."
Santo's friend Pete Vonachen said, "His record was the same when he was alive as it was when he passed away. I think that's a tragedy that he couldn't be around to enjoy with his family and with all his cub supporters, his induction in the Hall of Fame."
While Cub fans waited and pushed for Santo to make it to Cooperstown. Ronnie was just as happy to be recognized at the Friendly Confines.
The day his number was retired by the Cubs Santo has this to say, "This flag hanging there down the left field line means more to me than the Hall of Fame. That is my Hall of Fame."
Santo's love for the Cubs may never be matched. As a broadcaster he wore his emotions on his sleeves.
Vonachen said, "Most announcers don't groan and moan when something happens, boy when something would go wrong with the Cubs, Ronnie would really, really take it hard."
The future Hall of Famer overcame Juvenile Diabetes as a player and as a result had both legs amputated. He was one of the first to call Pete Vonachen when he lost his leg.
Vonachen said, "He made up his mind that it wasn't going to get him down. He handled it like a trooper. He was a warrior, one of the most courageous guys I ever met."