As a devoted Chicago Cubs fan for more than a decade now, I have long been keenly aware of the plight of Ron Santo. Santo, who was a key cog during the Cubs' quasi-revival in the late 1960s and early 1970s, now broadcasts Cubs games for WGN radio, and so remains (alongside Ernie Banks) the face of the Cubs franchise, some 35 years after the end of his illustrious career. Unlike the incomparable Banks however, Santo is not a member of the Hall of Fame. For years, he has consistently fallen short, generally by narrow margins, and remains on the outside looking in even as he approaches his 80th birthday. The story becomes all the more poignant each time Santo, who has battled diabetes since his youth, has another bout of serious illness. In another world, there is another Santo. Among the fla ...
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