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Barry Larkin, Ron Santo inducted into the Hall of Fame

Jul 23, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Larkin delivers his acceptance speech after being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

It was Hall of Fame day yesterday and two new members joined the club: Barry Larkin and Ron Santo.

Larkin’s daughter sang the National Anthem and it brought tears to his eyes. Ron Santo’s widow, Vicki Santo, gave the acceptance speech in her late husband’s honor and it nearly did the same for everyone else.  At the end of the day, two worthy additions to the Hall took their proper place.

Larkin — who, from the podium yesterday said that his induction was “unbelievable – un-stinking believable!” — hit .295 for his career and over .300 nine times. He had surprising power for a shortstop who came up when he did and stole nearly 400 bases while playing rock solid defense. He led his team to a World Series championship one year and won an MVP in another and was a 12-time All-Star.

For his part, Santo was one of the best and one of the most underrated third basemen of his era.  He hit .277/.362/.464 over 15 seasons in what was mostly an extreme pitcher’s era while hitting 342 home runs and 1331 RBI.

Also honored yesterday: Tim McCarver received the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting, and Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun was given the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sports writing.

Oh, and Larkin inspired a loud cheer and a round of applause when he mentioned Pete Rose. Which was fun.

  1. hep3 - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Why Pete Rose gets cheers is beyond me.

    Go ahead, Flame on.

    • paperlions - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Because Pete Rose was good at baseball. Now you know.

      • cubsrice - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        …and knowing is half the battle.

      • paperlions - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        You complete me.

    • bengalsucker - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Worst comment ever. Dude was a stud baseball player. Should be in the hall of fame any day. Yeah he bet on baseball but to me, cheating at baseball is worse than betting. Yet Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and the other bums who cheated get a shot at getting in. Not fair at all. Now if Rose were caught betting for his team to lose and then did what he could to make them lose, that’s different. That hurts the integrity of the game. But he bet on his team to win and he changed nothing as a manager in order to give them better chances. Yeah a bet is a bet, but lets be realistic here. Would you rather a cheater be inducted?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        But he bet on his team to win and he changed nothing as a manager in order to give them better chances.

        Do you still believe in Santa Claus too?

        In ’89, Sports Illustrated runs an article about Rose betting. He starts lying, saying he never bet on baseball. Not until ’04, when he has a book coming out where he admits to gambling on baseball does he finally come clean (~15 years later). He was also plead guilty to tax evasion.

        Why should we give him the benefit of the doubt on anything he says?

    • jm91rs - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      There are 4256 reasons to cheer him. As a person that looks for athletes to play well rather than act like good role models, I have no problem at all with a guy that hit the ball better than anyone else in history.

  2. tuftsb - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Anyone have an attendance figure for this weekend? It has been pretty lackmuster for the past few years.

  3. jaysjunkie - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Quite happy to see Bob Elliot inducted, but McCarver? Really? He’s not horrible or anything, just not exactly HOF material IMO.

    • paperlions - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Legend has it that McCarver was quite good and innovative way back when. Now, he’s horrible….spends every broadcast making up stories and trying to convince everyone how smart he is and trying to impress everyone with how many famous people he knows….continuously talking over the action. He sucks.

    • jackrabbit56 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      McCarver’s best line came years ago when the Memphis Chicks of the Souther League named their ballpark Tim McCarver Memorial Stadium. When asked why the “Memorial”, he said “They named it after my arm”.

  4. jrbdmb - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    The jackasses at the BBWAA had plenty of time to vote Santo in while he was alive. I guess they’ll do the same thing to Pete Rose – put him in after he is in the ground.

    • jrbdmb - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Let me revise that a bit … the BBWAA and the Veterans Committee both had numerous opportunities to vote Santo in while he was alive. They chose not to bother to do so until he had died.

      How is it that he wasn’t considered qualified while he was alive but suddenly was qualified for the HOF after he passed on? Like I said, jackasses.

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