March 29, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former University of Michigan baseball All-American Barry Larkin (1983-85) will be honored and have his No. 16 jersey retired in a pregame ceremony at U-M's 6:05 p.m. home game against Ohio State on May 1, University of Michigan Director of Athletics Dave Brandon announced today (Monday, March 29).
"To have my number retired at Michigan is such an honor. I really enjoyed my time there and still stay in touch with many people associated with the university. The respect and pride that the university carries around the world is amazing. I am so proud to represent the university," Larkin said. "I knew right away, when I first set foot on campus as a high school senior, that Michigan was the right place for me. The quality education and facilities were incredibly impressive; however, it was the quality of people which made Michigan the right school for me."
Larkin's uniform will be the sixth number to go out of circulation in the program's storied history. Larkin will join Don Lund's No. 33 (1943-45), Moby Benedict's No. 1 (1954-56), Bill Freehan's No. 11 (1961), Ray Fisher's No. 44 (head coach, 1921-58) and Jim Abbott's No. 31 (1986-88).
"We are thrilled to recognize and honor the tremendous accomplishments of Barry Larkin," Brandon said. "Barry is one of the key figures in Michigan baseball history, and it is fitting his name and number be added to the exclusive group of former players who have received this high honor."
During his three-year career at Michigan, Larkin led the Wolverines to the College World Series twice (1983-84) and was a two-time All-America selection (1984-85). As a freshman, Larkin had two doubles in a victory over Maine in the first game of the College World Series, leading the Wolverines to a third-place finish. The Wolverines finished seventh during his sophomore campaign as Larkin picked up the first of two consecutive All-America citations. The shortstop hit a career-high .368 during his junior year to earn national recognition for the second straight season.
Larkin still ranks among the top 10 in five different single-season categories at Michigan. He is tied for second in triples (8), fifth in home runs (16) and fourth in total bases (150) while ranking third in runs scored (72) and fifth in runs batted in (66). His three-year career is one of the best for any Wolverine, ranking in the top 10 of five career offensive categories -- third in triples (13), fifth in runs scored (172), seventh in slugging percentage (.590), ninth in stolen bases (44) and 10th in total bases (332).
"We are thrilled to be able to retire Barry Larkin's jersey. He was an outstanding player here at the University of Michigan -- certainly one of our all-time greats -- and then he went on in professional baseball to continue, what was already a stellar collegiate career, and he took it to the next level at the major league level," Michigan head coach Rich Maloney said. "He was truly an exemplary player. He has had a Hall of Fame career both in college and professionally and now with MLB Network. He is an outstanding person, a man of integrity and one that we are very honored to be able to celebrate his success with."
After leaving Michigan, Larkin was drafted fourth overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1985 MLB Draft. The shortstop spent one-and-a-half seasons in the minors before being called up to the Reds, where he played for 19 years, including helping lead his squad to the 1990 World Series title. In 1995, he was named the National League MVP while hitting .319 with 15 home runs and 51 stolen bases. The three-time Gold Glove winner was also a 12-time All-Star and nine-time Silver Slugger honoree. Larkin became the first Major League Baseball shortstop to join the 30-30 club in 1996 when he hit 33 home runs and swiped 36 bags.
Larkin has also been honored for his off-the-field work, winning the Roberto Clemente award in 1993 in recognition of his philanthropic work. In 2008, Larkin released a charity wine called "Barry Larkin's Merlot," with all proceeds supporting Champions Sports Foundation.
Larkin was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009 and found himself on the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot in 2010. He failed to make the cut but garnered 51.6 percent of the vote during his first year of eligibility.
After his retirement from baseball in 2005, Larkin served as a special assistant to the manager of the Washington Nationals, focusing on player development and scouting. Larkin now works as a MLB Network studio analyst for MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, Path to the Pennant and MLB Network's special event coverage.
Tickets for the May 1 game are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens. Children five and under are admitted free of charge. University students with a valid student ID will be admitted free of charge. The first 250 fans will receive a Barry Larkin t-shirt.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423