‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #18
Barry Larkin – 1987 Fleer
Known around the baseball world as one of the classiest players from his rookie year through retirement, Barry Larkin should also be remembered as one hell of a ball player!!
Larkin was the anchor of the Cincinnati Reds offense and defense for 19 amazing seasons. His solid play and leadership helped lead the team to several winning seasons and eventually to a World Series title. Individually, Larkin put up some amazing numbers and he was rewarded for his successes often.
With a career batting average of .295, along with 2,340 hits, Larkin often found himself as the catalyst for the Reds’ offense. Couple that with his 379 stolen bases and 1,329 runs scored and you begin to see how dynamic Larkin was on the base paths. Never known for his power at the plate, Barry Larkin bashed 198 home runs in his career and also drove in 960 RBI.
With 3 consecutive Gold Glove winning years at short-stop from 1994-96, Larkin developed his game into a well-rounded one. A winner of 9 Silver Slugger trophies and a 12-time All-Star, Larkin’s all-around abilities were often recognized as some of the greatest in the sport.
Barry Larkin won the MVP award in 1995. His amazing season was capped off by a .319 batting average. In addition to his solid hitting, Larkin stole 51 bases and scored 98 runs that year. He also won the Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove while also making the All-star team.
Larkin’s greatest team success came in 1990 when his Reds swept the mighty Oakland A’s in the World Series. In the 4-game match-up, Larkin hit .353 as he collected 6 hits in 17 at-bats while also scoring 3 runs for the Reds en route to their World Series championship.