Born and raised in the Queen City of Cincinnati, it was a dream of Larkin’s to play for the Cincinnati Reds. Larkin was drafted out of high school by the Reds in 1982. In addition, Larkin received scholarships from University of Michigan and University of Notre Dame to play football and baseball, but choose to only play baseball at Michigan. In 1985, after three years in Michigan, Larkin was drafted fourth overall by the Reds for a second time.
It took only one year for Larkin to establish his dominance and skill at shortstop. Throughout Larkin’s 19 year career, he was selected to 12 All-Star games, won the Sliver Slugger award 9 times, was voted National League MVP in 1995, and won the Gold Glove three times. Larkin was also the first short stop to ever join the 30-30 club when he hit 33 home runs and stole 36 bases in 1996. Barry Larkin played during the time of Ozzie Smith, one of the best short-stops ever, but in 1996, Smith passed the torch onto Larkin at the All-Star Game. Despite the fact that Larkin played part of his career during the Ozzie Smith era, he was one of the best shortstops to ever play the game.
Barry Larkin was a fan favorite in Cincinnati for many years, but not just because of his play. He showed all three qualities to be defined as a fan favorite in Cincinnati. Reds fans look for hard play, fan friendless, and of course, a great smile. These seemed to be a characteristic that fans discovered Larkin had every night at the ballpark. Barry enjoyed playing baseball, and enjoyed the fans. Barry played his final game on October 3, 2004 and is currently working for the Washington Nationals organization.