Sunday, July 22, 2012

Santo Sunday

Normally this space on Sunday is reserved for my favorite player, Ryne Sandberg. However, on this day, I would like to congratulate another Cub, newly inducted Hall of Famer, Ron Santo.

Jersey Back courtesy of Baseball Backs
I'm sure some of the other Cubs bloggers will do a better tribute to his career as he was done playing before my time. I didn't grow up in the Chicago area so I can't even speak to his broadcasting ability. Cubs fan sacrilege? Probably. I have heard snippets though and know he has come into the WGN televison booth as well.

So I thought I'd show off two autographs I have in my own collection. The first is an index card that I obtained in a blind trade pre-blog. The details are a little fuzzy but I believe it was a couple of Cubs autographs for some other team's autographs. Everything was supposed to be regular baseball cards but as is customary in online trade, this index card was a throw-in.

Ron Santo Signed Index Card
I'm not sure what I will do with it, but I will probably end up framing with a photo or something. The next item is a Ron Santo autobiography. A big part of my collection that I have yet to showcase on this blog are my signed books. This particular volume was mailed to Santo several years ago and returned within a couple weeks autographed with his number.

Ron Santo Signed Autobiobraphy "For Love of Ivy"

Congratulations Ron Santo, Hall of Fame Class of 2012!

1 comment:

  1. I'm one who both grew up with Santo as a player (my boyhood idol) and lived in Chicago while he was broadcasting. My tribute is spread out over the last three years but I have made a few posts recently including a short reprint today. Love the signature in your book. As opposed to the scribblers of today Ron always took the time to make a great autograph. He loved his fans. It's a great day.