I never saw Ron Santo play. I was too young when he retired so I missed out on seeing one of the best third basemen of his era. It is sad that thirty six years have passed since he retired one of the best all around third basemen ever. And he has not gotten in the hall of fame.
His 342 home runs or 1,331 rbi's don't seem like much compared to some. the fact that he never won an MVP is even less impressive. But consider that he batted in the same lineup with Ernie Banks, and Billy Williams on teams that always found a way to loose. Only once in his career did Santo come close to the the post season and the Cubs were eliminated by the miracle Mets of 1969.
Between 1963 and 1973 there was no one who played third base in the national league his equal. Consider he won 5 gold gloves made 9 all star games he drove in 80 or more runs 11 years in a row starting in 1961. he hit 30 or more home runs 4 years in a row and led the league in walks 4 times.
All this while facing some of the best pitchers in baseball history Pitchers like Sandy Kofax, Don Drysdale, Bob Gibson, and Juan Marichel.And not many people know that Santo acomplished all this while suffering from Diabetes.My opinion is was and always will be Ron Santo belongs in the hall of fame. please let me know if you agree.