After his playing career, he became one of the radio broadcasters for the Cubs. His keen insights and honest appraisals were refreshing and fun. He described the game with the same gusto with which he played the game.
It was a travesty that he had not previously been inducted. A serious injustice has now been righted, unfortunately a year after Ronnie died. But now the world is a more just place.
What many people did not know was that Santo achieved everything while having Diabetes. Santo played a major league sport at the top level while battling blood sugar problems. He became an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund after he stopped playing. He found corporations who would contribute every time a Cub played drew a walk or got a hit; who else could do that? He raised more than 60 Million Dollars for JDRF. He wanted people to know that you can live with, and succeed despite, having Diabetes.
After Ron Santo died, his family learned about Alert Service Dogs. Apparently there are service dogs that can warn people when their blood sugar is either high or low. As I have said here before, service dogs are truly amazing. The Santo family is now trying to get the work out about these blood sugar sensitive service dogs.