Ron Santo

Hall of Fame

Third Base

1960—1974

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Player LeveL
Elite
All-time rank
#38
Third Base RANK
#6

Player Detail

Ronald Edward
GIVEN NAME
Santo
SURNAME
February 25, 1940, in Seattle, WA
BORN
December 2, 2010, in Scottsdale, AZ, USA
DIED
1960—1974
Playing Career
Played from 20-34
PLAYING AGE
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Teams Played For
Third Base
PRIMARY POSITION
Chicago Cubs
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
Pizza Belly
NICKNAME
10
UNIFORM NUMBER
#4 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-0 / 190
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
June 26, 1960
Major League Debut
September 29, 1974
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Ron Santo?

Overcame diabetes to be the best all-around third baseman in baseball.

60

HITTING

70

POWER

50

RUNNING

70

FIELDING

60

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
For several years, Ron Santo kept it secret from the Cubs that he had diabetes.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
2243
2254
342
1331
.277
9 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1967 Cubs

27 Years Old

.300
AVG
31
HR
98
RBI
107
RUNS
.395
OBP
176
HITS
23
2B
4
3B
.512
SLG
96
BB
1
SB
9.8
WAR
Second-best season ever by a third baseman.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.277
.362
.464

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.826
.719
115.5

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
62.2
57.0

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Ron Santo Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Santo
520
144
73
23
4
22
85
71
86
2
241
217
.277
.362
.464
826
AVG 3B
534
139
66
21
4
14
79
53
82
5
209
195
.259
.328
.391
.719

Ron Santo Rankings

AT Third Base BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
6
9
6
7
9
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Third Base BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
9
4
2
1
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Ron Santo PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
70.5
53.9
41.9
27.6
5.09
70.0
44.1
31.5
21.6
5.03
BLUE = Ron Santo
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 3B

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
321.3
211.5
160.5
104.0
23.2
347.8
200.2
143.2
95.5
25.6
BLUE = Ron Santo
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 3B

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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