Kaat Falls Short in Hall of Fame Bid
DALLAS (KMOX/AP) — Ron Santo was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Monday, chosen by the Veterans Committee nearly a year to the day after the Chicago Cubs third baseman died hoping for this honor.
Santo breezed in with 15 votes from the 16-member panel. It took 75 percent — 12 votes — to get chosen.
Santo was a nine-time All-Star, hit 342 home runs and won five Gold Gloves. He was a Cubs broadcaster for two decades, beloved by his fans eagerly rooting for his favorite team on the air.
Jim Kaat, a member of the Cardinals 1982 World Series Champion team was second with 10 votes. Gil Hodges and Minnie Minoso each drew nine and Tony Oliva got eight on the 10-person Golden Era ballot. Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each received under three votes.
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