With a week-long of events celebrating Ron Santo, many fans and Hall of Famers are gearing up for this weekend’s induction ceremonies. Cub fans won’t want to miss this monumental occasion. The following schedule of events are planned to honor the late Ron Santo into the National Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday July 17, a luncheon was held at Chicago’s Wildfire steakhouse which included Ron Santo Jr., former Cub Fergie Jenkins and broadcaster Pat Hughes.
Yet Sunday is the big day for Ron Santo.
His son, Ron Jr. said, "He probably would've been floating on air. I was thinking how the season would've been -- it's such a special year. To have seen him actually get that call would've been priceless. Life's all about timing, and it typifies his life and everything he's dealt with. Nothing ever came easy, so why should this?"
On Friday, many of the Hall of Famers including Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, and others will be gathering for the induction ceremony weekend.
The Ricketts family and other Cubbies will attend a Cubs Fan Fest in Cooperstown, New York at the Fenimore Art Museum on Saturday, July 21, 2012.
The weekend continues to honor the former Cub with a Hall of Fame induction viewing party at Captain Morgan's Club restaurant, adjacent to Wrigley Field, on Sunday, July 22 starting at 11:00 a.m.
WGN television will also feature a special documentary on Sunday, “Celebrating Santo” in honor of Ron Santo’s Hall of Fame induction.
The following week, Chicago Cubs return home to play against the St. Louis Cardinals. They will honor the former third baseman on "Ron Santo Day" at Wrigley Field Friday, July 27.
With a pregame ceremony to include the Santo family, the first 10,000 fans in the gate will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame plaque courtesy of PNC Bank. Other memorabilia will be available for purchase and all proceeds from the Ron Santo gear will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
“Ron Santo embodied what it meant to be a Chicago Cub,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “This franchise couldn’t be prouder as he is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and we’re honored he will forever represent the Chicago Cubs in Cooperstown. Our family looks forward to celebrating this well-deserved accomplishment with Cubs fans worldwide.”
For Chicago Cub fans, Ron Santo is legendary. Santo loved, breathed and died as Chicago Cubs’ number one fan.
He once said, “All those years I’ve played, all those years I’ve broadcast, they never broke my heart. That’s how much I love the Cubs.”
On Sunday, Ron Santo’s induction into the Hall of Fame gives him the honor and respect he so richly deserves.
Fans who want to attend “Ron Santo Day” can purchase tickets for the July 27 game in person at the Wrigley Field Box Office or online at http://www.cubs.com/.