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Former Cincinnati Reds Captain
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Barry Larkin in 2004 completed his 19th season with the Cincinnati Reds, tying the club record shared by Dave Concepcion and Pete Rose. Larkin is the only shortstop in Major League history and just the fifth player ever to accumulate at least 2,200 hits, 190 home runs and 370 stolen bases. He is a 12-time All-Star and in 1995 was the National Leagues Most Valuable Player. Larkin has won 9 Louisville Silver Slugger Awards, the most by any Reds player, and 3 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. In spring training 1997, he was named the Reds first official captain since Dave Concepcion in 1988.
In 1993, Larkin received the clubs Roberto Clemente Award for his performances on and off the field. In 1997, his Caring Team of Athletes, Inc., a national organization of professional athletes that raises money for childrens charities, made a $25,000 contribution to schools in Pendleton County, KY, one of the areas hardest hit by flooding. During 2001 home games, Larkin hosted underprivileged children as part of his Barrys Bunch ticket program and twice was a finalist for the Branch Rickey Award, which honors service over self.
A 1982 graduate of Cincinnatis Moeller High School, Larkin hit .361 during his 3 seasons at the University of Michigan, where he twice earned All-America honors and was named MVP of the Big Ten twice. He was a member of the silver medal 1984 U.S. Olympic team.