Congratulations to Ryne Sandberg, the newest former Cub to earn a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sandberg earned nine Gold Gloves, seven Silver Slugger awards and a National League MVP trophy, which he won in 1984. He enters the Hall with a .285 career batting average, 282 home runs and 1,061 RBIs. When he retired in 1997, he was the all-time home run leader among second basemen with 277. Jeff Kent surpassed that mark in 2004.
In 1990, Sandberg led the National League with 40 home runs and 116 runs. He played a Major League- record 123 games without an error at second, and compiled 12 errorless streaks of at least 40 games.
He led National League second basemen in assists in seven seasons, had nine seasons of eight or fewer errors, five years with a batting average of at least .300, and four as the NL’s top fielding second baseman.
A tip of the blue cap to one of the class players ever to grace the infield of the Friendly Confines. I’m thankful my daughter got a chance to see Ryno play (and hear Harry sing the National Anthem) at Wrigley Field in his last season. Guys like him come along once in a lifetime.