Samuel Colt patents his revolver, the first black U.S. senator takes his seat, Muhammad Ali wins his first heavyweight title, and Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines, all on this day.
1940: Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman Ron Santo, who played from 1960 to 1974, all but the last year with the Chicago Cubs, is born in Seattle, Wash. A nine-time National League All-Star, he led the league in walks four times, in on-base percentage twice and in triples once. He was the second player at his position to hit 300 career home runs, joining Eddie Mathews, and also ended his career ranking second to Mathews among third basemen in slugging average (.464) and third in runs batted in (1,331), total bases (3,779) and walks (1,108). From 1990 until his death due to complications from bladder cancer and diabetes in December 2010, he was a member of the Cubs broadcasting team. While Santo initially garnered little support for induction into the Hall of Fame, he was eventually posthumously inducted by the Golden Era Committee in 2012. He's seen here (left) with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in 2004.
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