Fifty years ago today Ron Santo made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs were playing the Pirates at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, and Ron batted 6th in the lineup. He had a fantastic debut going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. The Cubs won 7-6 despite giving up 4 runs in the ninth, and Ron Santo has been northside hero ever since.
The Cubs are planning a special ceremony for Santo on Monday when the team returns to Wrigley to face ironically, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Santo is set to throw out the first pitch, sing the seventh inning stretch and flags commemorating his 50 years will be flown on the grand stand.
Sounds like a great day at the ball park. Wouldn't it be nice if the Cubs could squeak out a rare victory?