Thursday, November 19, 2009

#35 - Ron Santo

Card fact: Ron Santo's final card during his playing career.

What I thought about this card then: I am kicking myself because I didn't scan the mini card that I picked up when I was 9 years old. It is probably the most miscut card I have in my collection. It is a sight to see because Santo's entire image is in the card, yet it is still extremely miscut. I'll have to post it later because my scanner isn't cooperating right now.

What I think about this card now: Is this the most painful card for a Cub fan to view? I mean, I would imagine it's something like this card. But that card depicted something that never happened. Santo as a White Sox happened.

Other stuff: I'm not from Chicago and I never saw Santo play, so take this for what it's worth: I think he should be in the Hall of Fame.

Back facts: I think it's great that the cartoon question is about Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. Two of Chicago's most famous baseball announcers -- Santo and Harrelson -- on one baseball card!

Other blog stuff: Unless someone stops me, I'm calling this color combo the "Oscar Mayer Weiner" design after the hot dog company's famed orange-and-yellow packaging and corresponding OMW mobile.


Johngy said...

I was a bit too young. What was the deal on this trade? I know Santo hated going to the Sox and they already had Melton.

Eggrocket said...

It's kind of a candy-corn thing, isn't it?

Santo in the Hall ... kind of a bubble player. I think a couple more years with the kind of statline he was getting in his prime would've pushed him over the edge. He definitely had B+ numbers for awhile, but just not long enough.

Eggrocket said...

Also ... at least the horizon's straight :D

night owl said...

Johngy: I don't quite have a handle on that either. I do know the Cubs wanted to trade Santo and tried to trade him to the Angels a week prior to trading him to the White Sox. Santo vetoed the Angels trade because he didn't want to play that far from Chicago. So the Cubs traded him to the White Sox.

But why? My guess is they acquired Bill Madlock for Fergie Jenkins the year before and knew Madlock was pretty damn good. But I don't know for sure.

Eggrocket: I already have the orange-brown combo as the candy corn design (candy corns come in both brown and yellow). But I'll ponder that one.

deal said...

Great observation on the Announcer connection.

zman40 said...

That card just seems wrong.

Hackenbush said...

I do hate seeing Santo in a Sox uniform (although the red one is my favorite). The Cubs were rebuilding, Madlock was coming up and the the Cubs wanted to move on. Once the Sox got him they screwed him around. After promising him he'd play some at third and first and maybe the outfield they had him DH and play second for most of the season. He hated his time there so much he walked away from his 1975 option and retired.

MJ said...

As I'm sure you have heard elsewhere, Ron Santo passed away on December 2, 2010.

Erik said...

One of my all time favorite players.

In my opinion, he was the best third basemen in the National League during his career. And, he played in an era of some of the greatest pitching (Koufax, Marichal, Gibson) just to name a few.