Published on Friday, 20 July 2012 19:18
WGN-AM and WGN-TV are planning on providing plenty of coverage this weekend of Ron Santo's long-awaited induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Santo, the Chicago Cubs standout player and longtime broadcaster will be added to the prestigious baseball shrine in Cooperstown, NY this coming Sunday.
Throughout this Hall of Fame weekend, WGN-AM will celebrating Ron Santo's entry in the Baseball Hall of Fame special live reports from Cooperstown from WGN Radio Sports Director Dave Eanet. His reports will be heard Saturday at 8:17am during the Mr. Fix-it Show, 3:05pm & 5:20pm during Sports Central, and 10:17pm during the Nick Digilio show. Dave Eanet will be checking on Sunday, as well, at 10:15am during Dean Richards' Sunday Morning show and 6:17pm during the Nick Digilio show.
On Sunday, WGN-AM will air a special Ron Santo Hall of Fame edition of "Cubs Confidential" with David Kaplan and Pat Hughes from 11:00am-12:30pm. There will be two other times to hear this special online, as well. Since MLB restrictions will not allow WGN-AM to stream Chicago Cubs radio broadcasts on their website or mobile applications, WGN-AM will instead be streaming this special "Cub Confidential" program while Cubs games are being heard on the radio on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring Ron Santo and Barry Larkin, will be held Sunday, July 22, at 12:30pm. Unfortunately, WGN-AM will have to broadcast a Chicago Cubs game live at that time. Instead, a delayed broadcast of the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air after the end of the Chicago Cubs game broadcast (most likely somewhere between 4:30pm-5:00pm).
On Sunday on WGN-TV, broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly will feature remembrances of "Ronnie" throughout the Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game that begins shortly after 1:00pm.
On Sunday night, WGN-TV will end its 9:00pm newscast 30 minutes early to instead air a "Celebrating Santo: Ron Goes into the Hall." This half-hour special, hosted by WGN sports anchor Dan Roan, will take a look at Ron Santo's many accomplishments both on and off the field and showcase the events surrounding his long-awaited induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In his 14 years as a professional baseball player (13 years with the Chicago Cubs and one year with the Chicago White Sox) third baseman Ron Santo reached the 30-homer mark four times and was named to the All-Star Game nine times. After baseball, Santo spent 20 years broadcasting Chicago Cubs baseball for WGN-AM. Ron Santo's uniform number (#10) is one of only five that have been retired by the Chicago Cubs organization.
Sadly, this induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame will be done posthumously. Ron Santo passed away
in December 2010 at the age of 70.
Updated 7/21/12 with corrected information regarding the Chicago Cubs.