“Our boy didn’t make it,” Jim Dantona said.

I phoned Jim, the world’s biggest Ron Santo fan, at his office in Simi Valley, Calif., a short while after leaving the disconsolate ex-Cub’s home here Wednesday morning.

Dantona already knew the news. The mighty Santo had struck out.

“I don’t care what the veterans committee says,” was Dantona’s indignant reaction. “I don’t care what the sportswriters say. I don’t care what anybody says. Ron Santo is a Hall of Famer.”

A great many of us agree.

Unfortunately, not enough.

You would think having both legs amputated would be ample bad news in an old ballplayer’s life. But not for Santo, who took this less gruesome setback.

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