Seattle's 'Garlic Gulch' product now immortalized in Cooperstown

July 23, 2012 

The late Ron Santo, among Seattle's greatest products, finally has been immortalized in baseball's Hall of Fame.

And on Sunday, his widow, Vicki, gave an emotional, uplifting and remarkably eloquent speech in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The prelude to her speech was made rather awkward as a result of technical difficulties, but Mrs. Santo stepped up to the mic and delivered with unbelievable grace.

She made no reference to those baseball writers who denied her husband a spot at the Hall of Fame for 15 years. Rather, she thanked the Golden Era Committee for the induction — approved by a vote of 15-1 — which came a year after his passing at age 70. And much of the speech touched upon how Santo battled through juvenile diabetes and helped raise $65 million to find a cure for the disease that struck him at age 19.

Early on, Mrs. Santo paid tribute to Seattle's Rainier Valley by saying, "From the humble beginnings of Garlic Gulch of the baseball Hall of Fame" -- a reference to the Italian neighborhood near Sicks Stadium where her husband, a Franklin High School standout, grew up.

My guess is the Rainier Valley Historical Society website got a bit more traffic in the past 24 hours as people typed "garlic gulch" in their search engines.

Mrs. Santo's words, along with Barry Larkin's lengthy yet enlightening speech, made for great radio during a three-hour car ride.

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