The statue was unveiled today, outside the famed baseball stadium, as hundreds of fans and local Chicago celebrities were there to applaud. The unveiling was part of a pre-game ceremony as the Chicago Cubs got set to play a game Wednesday night.
According to Chicago media reports, the statue shows Santo during his Cubs playing days, ball in hand, getting ready to make a throw. This is one of several statues erected outside Wrigley to commemorate legendary players and those important to the Cubs organization. For example, Santo’s statue is not far from his former teammate Billy Williams.
Ron Santo was a part of the Chicago Cubs organization for nearly give decades. He was a player, legendary for his two-heeled kick in the air before each game, from 1960-1974. He then moved up to the broadcast booth and became legendary there from 1990-2010. He had a record of 337 home runs, and he hit 342 of those while playing for Chicago’s north-side baseball team.
The statue of Santo is the fourth statute around the famed Wrigley Field baseball park. In addition to the one featuring Billy Williams, there is also a statue featuring legendary Cubs player Ernie Banks and broadcaster Harry Caray. Today’s statue featuring Ron Santo was unveiled by two of his former teammates, Randy Hundley and Glenn Beckert.