Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player, Broadcaster. For fifteen seasons (1960 to 1974), he played at the third-base position with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Born Ronald Edward Santo, he attended Franklin High School (Seattle), before signing as an amateur free agent by the Cubs in 1959. He broke into the Major Leagues on June 26th, 1960, and appeared in 95 games that year, recording 87 hits, with a .251 batting average; he joined a Cubs' lineup which featured star players Ernie Banks and Billy Williams. Santo, a fan favorite, established himself as one of the greatest third-basemen of his era, as a slugger and defensively. He produced four consecutive 30-or-better home run years (1964 with 30, 1965 with 33, 1966 with 30 and 1967 with 31), and topped the century mark in runs-driven-in four-times (1964 with 114, 1965 with 101, 1969 with 123 and 1970 with 114); he led the NL in triples with 13 in 1964, and was a four-time leader in base-on-balls (1964 with 86, 1966 with 95, 1967 with 96 and 1968 with 96). As a fielder, he was a five-time recipient of the Golden Glove Award (1964 to 1968); Santo earned All-Star status nine-times (1963 to 1966, 1968 to 1969 and 1971 to 1973). He concluded his career, as a member of the White Sox in 1974, splitting playing time at second-base, third-base and serving as a designated-hitter. In 2,243 career games, he amassed 2,254 hits, with a lifetime .277 batting average. Since his retirement as a player, he has consistently been up for consideration to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. From 1990 until his death, Santo served as an analyst for Cubs' broadcasts. He long suffered from the effects of diabetes which resulted in both his legs being amputated; he devoted much time to charitable causes regarding the disorder. He was enshrined posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.
Bio by: C.S.