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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > January-April > Little League International Congratulates Barry Larkin on His Election to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Little League International Congratulates Barry Larkin on His Election to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Little League International Congratulates Barry Larkin on His Election to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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Barry Larkin, a former National League Most Valuable Player and World Series Champion, has participated in various Little League-related functions over the years. Little League International applauds his recent election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Mr. Larkin’s experiences with Little League include June 2005, when he served as Honorary Commissioner for the 12th “Tee Ball on the South Lawn” game hosted by President George W. Bush at The White House.

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Barry Larkin, right, is the 2012 electee to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Mr. Larkin has participated in different Little League-related activities, including serving as honorary commissioner for the 12th “Tee Ball on the South Lawn Game” at the White House. Mr. Larkin is pictured with Former President George W. Bush prior to the start of the game played in June 2005.

Also, in November of 2008, Mr. Larkin spent time talking about baseball with children in Falcon Little League and conducted several other clinics while visiting Bogota, Cartagena, and Barranquilla, Colombia, as part of the U.S. State Department’s Sports Diplomacy Program.

Mr. Larkin, who played all 19 of his Major League seasons for the Cincinnati Reds, is the 24th shortstop to be enshrined and the only electee in the class of 2012 as voted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

A nine-time Silver Slugger winner, Mr. Larkin was a member of the Reds squad that swept the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 World Series and the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1995.

The 12-time National League All-Star shortstop and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, collected 86 percent of the vote in his third year on the ballot.

Mr. Larkin, currently a studio analyst for ESPN’s coverage of Major League Baseball, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during this year's ceremonies on July 21-22 in Cooperstown, N.Y., joining legendary Chicago Cubs’ third baseman and Little League graduate Ron Santo, who was elected posthumously to the Hall last month by the Golden Era Committee.

In December, the Golden Era Committee of 16 members considered 10 candidates, including eight players, who participated in the Major Leagues from 1947-72. Needing 12 votes to be elected, Mr. Santo -- who died on Dec. 3, 2010, from complications of diabetes and cancer -- received 15 of 16 votes.

The BBWAA members with at least 10 consecutive years of covering Major League Baseball can place as many as 10 names on their ballots. Five years after retirement, a player can remain on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years provided that he receives at least five percent of the vote each year.