Santo to be celebrated at Wrigley on Friday
Hall of Famer's No. 10 to be prominent as fans, family participate in honor
CHICAGO -- Cubs legendary third baseman and broadcaster and new Hall of Famer Ron Santo will be celebrated at Wrigley Field on Friday from the top of the ballpark down to the grass.
The late Santo was enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., last weekend and will be feted before Friday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals. There will be blue and white No. 10 flags rimming the top of Wrigley Field.
There also will be a "10" design in the center-field grass. The Cubs partnered with Scotts Lawn Care Co., to incorporate the "10" in the outfield. The perfect "10" was chosen by fans online in a month-long contest.
Santo's No. 10 was retired by the Cubs in 2003, and he was elected into the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee in December 2011, one year after his passing.
The first 10,000 fans at Friday's Cubs game against the Cardinals will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame plaque.
The Santo family will be on hand to receive a photo from the Hall of Fame ceremony last Sunday. There also will be a video tribute to Ron Santo before the game on the right-field scoreboard.
Cubs players will wear the No. 10 patch on their uniforms, which they wore last Sunday in St. Louis when Santo was inducted.
It's unclear whether they'll click their heels again. Cubs manager Dale Sveum asked the starters to do so as they took the field before last Sunday's game in St. Louis to honor Santo, who did the heel click in 1969.
There will be commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Cubs jerseys, T-shirts and patches for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and fans also can purchase Kernel Fabyan popcorn in a special Santo tin, with proceeds going to JDRF. Santo worked tirelessly in the fight against diabetes, raising more than $65 million for JDRF.
A nine-time All-Star, he was one of four players to total 2,000 hits, 300 home runs and 1,300 RBIs, joining fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson and Billy Williams.
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.