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Cubs manager Dale Sveum never got to know Ron Santo, but he knows by reputation how much the former player and broadcaster meant to the organization -- and how much his induction into the Hall of Fame on Sunday means.
``I knew him in passing,'' Sveum said Thursday. ``Obviously he was one of those special people who come along in a lifetime.
``It's great for the organization and his family that he finally got into the Hall of Fame,'' he said. ``Talking to people about him, he was definitely one of those guys you would have liked to have gotten to know a lot better.''
The weekend events in Cooperstown will include a ``fan fest'' sponsored by the Cubs and open to the public. The team will hold a viewing part of the Sunday induction ceremony at the Captain Morgan Club at Addison and Sheffield near the Santo statue.
July 27 when the team returns to Wrigley Field will be Ron Santo Day at the park, with special pre-game ceremonies held including his family and a replica plaque of Santo's Hall of Fame plaque will be given to the first 10,000 fans. The outfield grass also will have an honorary No. 10 logo.
Santo died in December, 2010, one year before his election to the Hall by the Veteran's Committee was announced.

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