Ron Santo’s, bronze statue is at the northwest corner of the N. Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street intersection. Outside of Wrigley Field, and facing north, this statue shows Santo balanced on his right foot in the process of throwing a baseball to first base. (Santo’s, usual position was second baseman.)Lou Cella is this statue’s sculptor. Rotblatt-Amrany Fine Art Studio sponsored this artwork.
Besides Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, Ron Santo was the most famous Chicago Cub. Santo played for the Chicago Cubs from 1960-1973. In 1974, his last year as a professional baseball player, Santo played for the Chicago White Sox.
This statue is three-five feet high. It rests upon a plinth. On the plinth’s side are highlights from Santo’s career.
Santo also played first base and third base. He won the Golden Glove award for consecutive years—1964-1968. His best year was in 1964. In that year his batting average was .313. He slammed 30 home runs, knocked in 114 RBIs and hit 13 triples.
Ron Santo’s, all time statistics are impressive. He played in 2,243 games and had 8,143 at bats. Other statistics are 1,138 runs, 2,254 hits, 342 home runs and 1,331 RBIs.
Ron Santo never played in a World Series game; the last World Series game which involved the Cubs was in 1945. In several of the years of Santo’s career with the Cubs, the Cubs finished in last place or close to last place. Nonetheless, Cubs fans attended Cubs’ games to see Ron Santo throw out many base runners in double play actions.