Santo moments immortalized in new CD
Hughes compiles best, funniest clips as part of 'Baseball Voices'
CHICAGO -- Do you miss hearing Ron Santo's voice?
Do you miss laughing with Santo during Cubs radio broadcasts or miss screaming, "Oh no," with the former third baseman when a player drops a ball?
Pat Hughes has collected some of his WGN Radio partner's best highlights from their 15 years together, and compiled them in a CD titled, "Ron Santo, Cubs Legend." It's part of Hughes' "Baseball Voices" series; this is the 10th CD, and appropriately, it's for No. 10. Santo died last December. He was 70.
"Many people say, 'Oh, can you get me a copy of the hairpiece story or that yogurt story?'" Hughes said of some of the pair's hilarious history. "I know how many Cubs fans have asked, and I easily could've made it a two-CD set."
The CD includes some memorable clips, including the story of when Santo's toupee caught on fire at Shea Stadium; his failing to punch the cough button during a broadcast; and his passionate "Oh no" call when Brant Brown dropped a fly ball in 1998.
There also are poignant clips from Hughes' eulogy at Santo's funeral in December 2010.
"I hope there's a timeless quality where people will want to listen to it over and over again just to feel good, hearing his voice and knowing how much fun we had," Hughes said.
Tuesday was the release date for the CD, which Hughes described as "2 percent baseball and 98 percent fun." Santo fans can find the CD on Cubs.com or at baseballvoices.com.
Santo was "the No. 1 Cubs fan ever, a partner and a friend," Hughes said of the resilient Cubs third baseman, who battled diabetes. "You can't help but giggle at some of the stories.
"Ron Santo was a funny man, and he may have been his funniest when he wasn't even trying."
There's a clip from the ceremony at Wrigley Field when the Cubs retired Santo's No. 10. You can hear the brief, but funny interview between Santo and Cubs closer Antonio Alfonseca, whom Santo called Al Fonseca, and listen to Hughes and Santo debate birthday cake.
"Ron Santo will be missed," Hughes said. "However you remember him, please do so with a big smile on your face."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.