July 19, 2012
Larkin's Speech (MLB.com)
University of Michigan baseball great Barry Larkin (1983-85) will realize a childhood dream this weekend (July 21-22) in Cooperstown, N.Y., as he will be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Larkin, a 12-time All-Star, nine-time Silver Slugger and 1995 National League Most Valuable Player with the Cincinnati Reds, excelled with the Wolverines, helping the Maize and Blue to two College World Series appearances and garnering two All-America honors. He will become the fourth man with Wolverine ties to have his name in the halls in Cooperstown.
To get everyone ready for the weekend's festivities, here are some notes about the induction, Larkin's career in Ann Arbor, and his exceptional career in Cincinnati that led him to this year's class.
TV COVERAGE: The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will occur on Sunday (July 22) at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will be televised by MLB Network (channel 740 on Comcast in Ann Arbor).
PRE-ENSHRINMENT CEREMONIES: On Saturday (July 21), Larkin will take part in the Hall of Fame Parade of Legends at 6 p.m. on Main Street in Cooperstown.
2012 HALL CLASS: Larkin will be joined posthumously by Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo in the 2012 Hall of Fame class.
HOW DID HE GET HERE?: Larkin received 86.4 percent of votes by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It was Larkin's third time on the ballot. He earned 62.1 percent in 2011 and 51.6 percent in 2010.
A FAMILY AFFAIR: Larkin's daughter, Cymber, will sign the national anthem at the induction ceremony.
WOLVERINES IN THE HALL: Larkin will become the fourth member of Baseball's Hall of Fame with Wolverine ties. George Sisler was inducted in 1939 and lettered at U-M in 1913, '14 and '15. He played for the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and Boston Braves, and held the Major League record for hits in a season (257) until 2004. Charlie Gehringer played on the freshman team at U-M in 1923 and was awarded a freshman letter. He went on to become a six-time All-Star and American League Most Valuable Player in 1937 with the Detroit Tigers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949. Branch Rickey, who is credited with inventing the modern farm system, pioneering the utilization of statistics and breaking the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967. Rickey coached U-M from 1910-13 while attending the Michigan Law School.
WORLD CHAMPIONS: Larkin helped the Reds to a 1990 World Series championship, as Cincinnati swept the Oakland Athletics in four games. Larkin was joined on that squad by former Wolverines Chris Sabo (1981-83) and Hal Morris (1984-86).
M-V-P: Larkin hit .319 with 15 home runs and 51 stolen bases on his way to earning the 1995 National League Most Valuble Player award.
HE COULD SWING THE BAT ...: Larkin won nine Silver Slugger awards, picking up the first in 1988, part of five straight awards. Larkin also won the award in 1995, '96, '98 and '99.
... AND FLASH THE LEATHER: Larkin also earned honors for his glove, picking up three straight Rawlings Gold Glove honors from 1994-96.
HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR: Larkin also earned the first of his 12 All-Star appearances in 1988. He was named to nine All-Star teams in a 10-year stretch from 1988-97 and made his final appearance in 2004.
LARKIN LITTERS U-M RECORD BOOK: After the 2012 Michigan baseball season, Larkin is in the top 10 in U-M career rankings in batting average (10th, .361), triples (3rd, 13), runs scored (5th, 172) and stolen bases (t-9th, 44).
Larkin ranks among the top 10 in five single-season categories at U-M. He is tied for second in triples (8), tied for sixth in home runs (16) and tied for third in total bases (150) while ranking third in runs scored (72) and fifth in runs batted in (66).
HE WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN: Larkin was named a first team All-American in both 1984 and 1985 by the ABCA. In 1985, Larkin also earned first team All-America honors from Baseball America and The Sporting News.
OMAHA!: During his three-year career at Michigan, Larkin led the Wolverines to the College World Series twice (1983-84). Larkin had two doubles in a victory over Maine in the first game of the 1983 CWS and led Michigan to a third-place finish. The Wolverines finished seventh during his sophomore campaign.
WHAT A JUNIOR CAMPAIGN: Larkin had a stellar campaign his final season in Ann Arbor (1985), hitting .368 with nine doubles, eight triples and 16 home runs. He also drove in 66 runs and scored 72 times.
U-M RETIRED JERSEYS: Larkin had his Michigan No. 16 jersey retired on May 1, 2010. His number is one of six on the wall at Ray Fisher Stadium, joining 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).
BARRY STILL IN BASEBALL: After Larkin's retirement from baseball in 2005, he served as a special assistant to the general manager of the Washington Nationals, focusing on player development and scouting. Larkin now works for ESPN as a studio analyst on "Baseball Tonight."
National Baseball Hall of Fame Official Website
Ex-Wolverine Larkin inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame (Detroit Free Press)
Barry Larkin: 'This day belongs to Reds fans' (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Barry Larkin inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Making the Grade (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Larkin, Santo inducted (Associated Press via Boston Herald)
Barry Larkin's Hall of Fame plaque under wraps until induction (Cincinnati.com)
Guide to Baseball Hall of Fame Larkin induction weekend in Cooperstown (Cincinnati.com)
Larkin Likely to Fight His Emotions at Introduction (Associated Press)
Larkin talks about being inducted into Hall of Fame (Associated Press via AnnArbor.com)
Rejection in Olympics helped fuel Hall of Famer Barry Larkin's drive (Detroit Free Press)
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423