Barry Larkin's Hall of Fame Saturday Night Notes

John Wilmhoffabout 9 years


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[caption id="attachment_115044" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Soon-to-be Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin fooling around with his brother Byron, a basketball star at Xavier in the 80's.[/caption]   Barry Larkin spent 19 years as the Shortstop of the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 to 2004, winning a World Series Championship in 1990 and a National League MVP in 1995. He was a 12-time all-star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, and a 9-time Silver Slugger. Not only did Larkin play all 19 seasons of his career for one team, a rarity in itself in today’s professional sports, but he played them all for his hometown team. For many Kentuckians, especially of the 20-something generation of which I belong, Larkin was a player who many of us grew up watching often either on TV or in person. I was fortunate to grow up on the good side of the Ohio River, in Northern Kentucky, and saw countless games as a kid with #11 penciled in at Shortstop for the Reds. In my days of Northern Kentucky Knothole youth baseball, I can remember how #11 was always the first jersey number chosen because of Barry Larkin, and tonight I salute these Saturday Night Notes to the Reds legend as he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown tomorrow (along with Ron Santo and others) with mini-baseball images in his honor:     John Calipari started his day by watching 2013 Kentucky target James Young go off for 34 points this morning. Young was 5-of-6 from three-point range to lead his team to a 80-76 win at the Peach Jam.  Flying back and forth between the Peach Jam and Milwaukee to see the Harrison twins, John Calipari has apparently traveled at least 2,700 miles since Wednesday. His trip back to Lexington will put him at over 3,000 miles since hump day this week.  In "only would this happen in Kentucky Ohio" news, the annual "UK Fan Convention" took place today in Franklin, OH, which is about 40 miles North of Cincinnati. As Coach Cal would say, "you people are crazy". A couple of those crazy folks in attendance were Larry Vaught, Jennifer Palumbo, the championship trophy, and a referee from the '92 Kentucky-Duke game.    The biggest news of the day actually came from the UK Fan Convention when Associate Athletics Director of Basketball Operations, Chris Wollard, commented to fans that Nerlens Noel is "fine academically".  Below is a picture of 9-year-old Chase Hoffman at today's UK Fan Convention posing with #8. If you were at the convention today, I would like to hear from you. Email me at [email protected] and you might be included in a KSR post about the event.  

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