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Sunday, January 24, 2010
1967 Topps Ron Santo Chicago Cubs
It is pretty appropriate that I blog today about a Chicago Cubs great as I am waiting for my connecting flight at the Chicago O'hare Airport. My entry today is a long-time favorite of so many Cubs fans, Ron Santo, third baseman.
Card number 70 in the 1967 Topps set of 609 cards. This autographed was obtained by sending the card to Ron Santo's company, Major Memories with a donation. I mailed the card on April 7th, 2009 and received it back 16 days later with a nice blue sharpie autograph.
Ron Santo's place in baseball history has been up for debate for a long time. His number 10 is retired by the Chicago Cubs and he has posted impressive career statistics of 342 Home Runs, 1331 runs batted in and a career .277 batting average. He won 5 Gold Glove awards and made the All-Star team 9 times during his 15 year career with the Cubs and cross-town rival, White Sox. Even with all of his accomplishments he has not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
After his baseball career was over, Santo remains connected to the game and the Cubs. He has been the radio voice for the Cubs since 1990 and is involved in charitable activities related to Juvenile Diabetes. Diagnosed with diabetes at age 18, Santo has been coping with the effects of the disease for 51 years. He has had both of his legs amputated as a consequence of the disease.
To learn more about Ron Santo's career, go to wikipedia.com.
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