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Santo phenomenon lands in Hall

Cub legend heading to Cooperstown is most important, not unfortunate timing of honor

Updated: December 5, 2011, 5:24 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

That there are Chicago Cubs fans on Monday who were furious and heartbroken over the news that Ron Santo was voted into the Hall of Fame posthumously only underscores the Santo phenomenon.

And he is a phenomenon, both in life and death.

The Santo Hall of Fame argument was always obscured by discussion of his statistics, both traditional and otherwise. It was and is about more than that, which is why his induction was up there with all the great Hall of Fame debates.

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