Originally posted on Hall of Very Good  |  Last updated 12/5/11

Since the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot is pretty much a bust, I've actually turned my attention to the Golden Era (1947-1972) Committee vote.

And after one of the more exciting ballots in the last few years, Ron Santo got this call Monday morning that he would be, posthumously, joining his peers in Cooperstown.

The longtime Chicago Cubs legend received 15 of the 16 possible votes...12 were needed.

Also on the ballot and receiving votes, Jim Kaat (10), Gil Hodges (9), Minnie Minoso (9) and Tony Oliva (8).

Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finely, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each recevied three votes.

Santo, who passed away last December, played 15 seasons at third base for the Cubs and White Sox. He earned five Goldn Gloves and appeared in nine All-Star Games. For his career, he slugged 342 home runs and drove in 1331 runs.

The "Golden Era" Committee is the second of a three-year cycle of consideration for Managers, Umpires, Executives and Long-Retired Players by Era, as opposed to the previous consideration by classification, with changes approved and announced by the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors in 2010.

Next year at this time, Pre-Integration Era Committee candidates will be considered for induction in 2013.

Santo will be inducted alongside whoever gets selected by the BBWAA in January.

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