CHICAGO -- The Cubs announced a series of events this month to celebrate Ron Santo's Hall of Fame induction, capped by "Ron Santo Day" on July 27, the club's first home game after Santo's induction.
The Cubs will honor Santo with a pregame ceremony featuring members of his family. The first 10,000 fans will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Plaque, courtesy of PNC Bank, while commemorative memorabilia will be available for purchase. There also will be an honorary design in the outfield grass for that afternoon's game against the Cardinals.
"Ron Santo embodied what it meant to be a Chicago Cub. This franchise couldn't be prouder as he is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and we're honored he will forever represent the Chicago Cubs in Cooperstown," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "Our family looks forward to celebrating this well-deserved accomplishment with Cubs fans worldwide."
In addition to Ron Santo Day, the Cubs will host the Cubs Corner Luncheon on Tuesday at Wildfire Chicago, which will feature a panel of Ran Santo Jr., former teammate and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins and Cubs WGN Radio broadcaster Pat Hughes, reflecting on Santo's Hall of Fame induction. Guests will receive an autographed photo of a panelist and lunch. On-site registration begins at 11 a.m. CT, lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the live broadcast will be from noon-1 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and are available at www.cubs.com/cubscorner.
Fans who make the trip to Cooperstown are invited to the Cubs Fan Fest in the lawn-tented section of Cooperstown's Fenimore Art Museum from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET on July 21. There will be a live question-and-answer session, a video of memorable Santo moments, music, food and drinks.
Fans remaining in Chicago are invited to a viewing part of the induction ceremony at the Captain Morgan Club adjacent to Wrigley Field beginning at 11 a.m. CT on July 22.