Monday, August 2, 2021

HOFers Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson, & Ron Santo

Normally I would only highlight one card and player per post. But 1975 Topps is so putrid I wanted to get all three of these final Topps cards for Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson, and Ron Santo in one fell swoop so I can move on with my life. This post should be titled, "One of these things is not like the others..."

Killebrew went into the Hall of Fame in 1984 and was elected in his 4th year on the ballot with 83.1% of the vote.  He won an MVP award (1969) and was on 13 All-Star teams in his 22-year career. 

Frank Robinson went into the Hall of Fame in 1982, also voted in by the BBWAA in his First year of eligibility (with Hank Aaron, no less! What a class)!! He got 89.2% of the vote, which seems low.  He has too many accolades to list but my favorite might've been his Triple Crown in 1966, the year he won his second of two MVPs, and played in one of his 14 All-Star games in his 22 year career which started with winning the Rookie of the Year.  His only batting title came in '66, he won a singular Gold Glove.  He was an All-Star Game MVP as well as a World Series MVP and even won the Manager of the Year.  

Ron Santo is a consolation prize after-thought HOFer, getting elected in 2012 by the Veterans committee. 32 years after he appeared on just one ballot, in 1980. In that election, Santo received 3.9% of the vote. And fell off. Such a poor showing should have been ineligible even by the "Veterans" committee. If the writers in his own time didn't find him worthy of enshrinement... Whatever. His stats do not impress me.

 Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I expected to see a comment section full of angry bloggers calling for your head after that Santo Hot Take!

    1. Ha ha. Me too, a bit. Well, they might have been prepared for my opinions and hot takes with my 1972 posts a few weeks ago. Or maybe they are silently amassing or building a voodoo doll or something?