Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Happy Baseball Birthday... Barry Larkin

Today's Happy Baseball Birthday! goes out to former Michigan Baseball All-American and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin.

Barry Louis Larkin 
was born on April 28, 1964, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Barry attended famed Moeller High School in Cincinnati, and went on to play college baseball at the University of Michigan.

Barry was a two time All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year, in 1984-85.

Barry played shortstop on the last two Wolverines teams to make it to the College World Series, in 1983-84, and was a member of the 1984 USA Baseball team.

Barry's #16 has been retired by the Wolverines. 

The Reds selected Barry in the 1st round of the 1985 amateur draft, the 4th overall selection. 

Barry made his big league debut on August 13, 1986, at the age of 22.

Barry was a superb big league shortstop, winning three Gold Glove Awards while compiling a .965 lifetime fielding percentage. 

Barry was a 12 time All-Star for the National League, won the 1995 N.L. MVP Award, and was a member of the 1990 World Series Championship Reds team.

Barry played his final big league game on October 3, 2005, at the age of 40.

In 19 big league seasons with the Reds, Barry collected 2,340 base hits, 441 doubles, 76 triples, 198 home runs, 960 RBI, batting .295.

In 2008 the Reds inducted Barry into the teams Hall of Fame.

Barry Larkin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Happy Baseball Birthday! and Go Blue! to Barry Larkin.


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