And these two guys were welcomed into the hallowed halls of immortality in Cooperstown New York.
Ron Santo played 15 years in Chicago, 14 with the Cubs and one with the White Sox. The legendary Cubs third baseman was elected in to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
- Santo was a nine time All Star.
- Four times he led the National League in walks and twice in on base percentage.
- Three times he led the National League in sacrifice flies.
- He averaged 96 RBI and four times cracked the 100 RBI mark with a high of 123 in 1969.
- He hit 342 career home runs including four straight with 30 or more.
- Five times he was chosen as the National League’s Gold Glove third baseman.
- He once called himself the “biggest Cub fan of all time” and his work as the radio color man for Cubs games from 1990 through 2010 endeared him to generations of Cub fans.
- He passed away in 2010, one of the most beloved Chicago Cub in history.
- His ashes were scattered on the friendly confines of the Wrigley Field he loved.
Barry Larkin was the Cincinnati Reds shortstop for 19 seasons from 1986 through 2004.
- Larkin was a 12 time All Star.
- He was the 1995 National League MVP.
- He hit .353 in the 1990 World Series, a Reds sweep of the Oakland A’s.
- Nine times he won the National League Silver Slugger Award at shortstop.
- Three times he won the Gold Glove Award.
- In 1985 he was the Reds number one draft pick, fourth overall.
- Today he is an analyst on the MLB Network.
And so it is on this day in Fenway Park history, Induction Day, July 22, 2012.