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Kaat Falls Short in Hall of Fame Bid

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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.

(TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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