Take a Swing for Ron and JDRF

It’s been a tough stretch for the Cubs of late, nine straight losses, multiple injuries, and the retirement of Kerry Wood. Sure Kerry had not pitched well this season, but it’s a bittersweet taste knowing that Kid K’s up and down ride with the Cubs has ended. As I mentioned on the BOS – Wrigleyville West facebook page last week, Kerry’s 20 strikeout game in 1998 was one of the most enjoyable baseball games I have ever seen.

It’s been a difficult season for the Cubs and us fans, so it will be great to see Ron Santo inducted into the Hall of Fame in July. This event should have taken place years ago, that however, can’t be changed. It will be very gratifying to see Ron finally get this honor for his great career and amazing spirit. No doubt it will be a very emotional day for Ron’s family (and many Cubs fans) when he is inducted on July 22nd.

If you can’t make it to Cooperstown and want to remember Ron and his Hall of Fame induction, check out this fantastic Limited Edition print of Ron by outstanding Chicago area artist John Hanley. This work was commissioned by the Santo family to commemorate Ron’s Hall of Fame induction. A portion of the sale proceeds are going to Ron’s favorite cause, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  There are only 1010 of these limited edition 16×20 lithographs, numbered and signed by the artist. They are $80 each. You can purchase yours at John Hanley’s website.

This wasn’t simply a commission for John, he has been a Cubs fan for as long as he can remember. Like many Cubs fans, as a youngster in the 1960′s he raced home after school to catch the last innings of the Cubs on TV. John tells me, he always enjoyed the spirit and energy Ron brought to the game. I feel John really captured Ron’s love of the game, in this colorful work of art. So, step up to the plate, and hit one out of the park for JDRF by adding a beautiful piece to your Cubs collection!

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One Response to Take a Swing for Ron and JDRF

  1. There was no draft in those days, and all 16 teams sent representatives to Seattle to woo Santo. The Cubs’ offer of $20,000 was the lowest of any of them (some teams went as high as $80,000), but Santo’s stepfather felt the Cubs offered him the quickest path to the major leagues. And Santo felt a strong loyalty to the Cubs scout, Dave Kosher, who had long championed Santo’s career.

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