He could not just get on base, but he also knew how to clear them. Santo went yard 337 times as a Cub, and he would exceed 100 RBIs four times. Defensively, he was among the best with five Gold Gloves, four seasons leading his position in Total Zone Runs.
Santo made history by being the first person to veto a trade under the 10 and 5 rule (10 years in the majors, 5 with the same team) by declining to go to California but would accept one to the crosstown White Sox but would retire after one year. He would return to the Cubs as an announcer and the self-proclaimed biggest Cubs fan ever.One of the biggest Cooperstown related travesties was that Ron Santo, who died in 2010, was not inducted into the Hall until 2012 when the Veteran's Committee chose him. Many in Chicago will never forgive those in Cooperstown for that error.