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On December 2, 2010, Cubs fans around the world lost Cubs Fan Number One, Ron Santo.  We'll miss you Ronnie.

Many people have created tributes to Ron Santo.  This is mine.

A variety of Ron Santo audio clips
Len Kasper interviewed on WXRT following Ronnie's passing
Ronnie (tries) singing Kumbuya
"They Oughta Shoot Him"
Various Pat and Ron Ramblings
Best of Ron Santo Montage
Unbelievable
Through The Years with Ronnie
Santo yells at a fan to sit down
Ron and Pat talk about Ron's hairpiece
Yogurt
"Thank you, thank you"
 
Heel Click (June 22, 1969)  
Here's Ron's version:

"If we had lost that game, we would have been tied with, I think at that time, the Cardinals. We led the division from the get-go from the start of the season. Hickman hit a home run and when he came around I was pounding him on his head, because I was so excited and I ran down the left field line. I don't even remember doing this, that's how excited I was and I went up in the air and I clicked my heels one time and we go into the clubhouse and it was just wonderful.

I get home, and I always turned on WGN-TV to watch the highlights.  The first thing, even before the news came on, was me clicking my heels. And I said 'I did that?' I couldn't believe it. The next day I come into the clubhouse and Leo comes down to me and he said, 'Can you continue to click your heels?' And I said 'Well, what do you mean?' He said, 'After a win, if you could still do that, that would be great.' It was so exciting that year, '69, the way we started off, 11-1 and the excitement and I said, 'Well, I think so'. He didn't realize I had a cleat cut in one of my ankles from where I had clicked my heels. From that moment on, just at home, I would go up and click my heels after a win.

The fans were all waiting for me after the game to go down the left field line to our clubhouse. Then I used to take Berteau Street when I left and I'd see kids come along my car and be clicking their heels. It was fantastic. I got a card from two elderly people and each of them had a leg up on a coffee table. They had tried to click their heels and both of them broke their ankles, but they sent me a card."
"My Hall of Fame"  Ron never made secret his desire to be admitted into Cooperstown, but each time he was passed over, he handled his disappointment with class and not bitterness. Watch “This Old Cub” — an acclaimed 2004 documentary about Ronnie directed by his son, Jeff — and you’ll see his evident heartbreak in 2003 when he got the call, in front of a room full of reporters and photographers, that no one had earned enough votes to be elected by the Veterans Committee.  He blinked back the tears, and during an interview immediately afterwards, he credited the fans for giving him the strength to get through yet another disappointment.  When the Cubs retired his number in 2003, he emotionally declared, “This is my Hall of Fame.”  And he meant it. Black Cat  On September 9, 1969, the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets faced each other at Shea Stadium. The Cubs' division lead over the Mets had dropped to just 1.5 games, and this game was considered to be critical. Midway through the game, fans surreptitiously released a black cat onto the field. The cat headed straight for the Cubs' Ron Santo in the on-deck circle, then made a beeline for the Cubs' dugout where it seemed to stare down all of the players. Cubs manager Leo Durocher's superstitions were borne out, as the Cubs not only lost that game, but much of the rest of the season, as they would post an 8-17 record for the month and ultimately lose the National League East to the Mets by eight games.  Ronnie hated going to Shea from that point on.

                          

          A couple of videos from WGN related to the Ron Santo wake and funeral.

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Ron Santo deserves to be elected to the Hall of Fame