My next installment for my "Then and Now Super Veterans" sub-set is a 1975 card celebrating the career of Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo.
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Santo didn't actually even play in 1975, but he did have a card in the set, so I used the '75 design for this card as well.
By the time he hung up his spikes after the 1974 season, Santo established himself as one of the all-time greats at third base.
A wonderful 15 year career that saw him suit up for the Cubs for all but his final season, Santo was about as solid as you could ever want, especially during the modern "dead-ball" era of the mid-1960's through the mid-1970's.
He walloped 342 lifetime homers, along with 1331 runs batted in, 1138 runs scored and a .277 batting average.
Four times he drove in more than 100 runs, with another four years of 90+. He also hit 30+ homers four straight years, between 1964-1967, as well as topping .300 four times.
A nine time all-star and five time Gold Glover, it's a shame it took so long for him to be acknowledged as such, getting inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, two years after he passed away.
If it wasn't for long time teammate Ernie Banks, we'd be calling Santo "Mr. Cub".