Streetwise Professor

December 5, 2011

It Would Have Been Nice If He Had Been, Like, Alive

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Professor @ 9:26 pm

The Hall of Fame Golden Era Committee voted Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, 360 days after the former Cubs third basemen passed away after a long battle with diabetes–a disease he was fighting even while playing.

As I wrote last year after Santo’s death that he was a deserving of the honor, and that it was an injustice that he had not been voted in before. It’s not like his statistics improved or anything in the last year. Yes, the rap against him was that he didn’t play long, but his diabetes clearly played a role in that.

Ron deserved better. It’s nice that he has finally received recognition. It would have been nicer had a man who gave his life to the game received that recognition when he was alive to enjoy it.

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  1. He also managed to have a relatively healthy career and the lack of injuries meant that he played more games in the span he was there than just about any of his peers. It’s good to know that death made him a “better” ball-player. He’ll be the starting 3rd baseman at the field of dreams then.

    Comment by BRM3 — December 7, 2011 @ 11:38 am

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