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Moeller High reacts to Larkin Hall of Fame announcement

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A Moeller High classroom filled with baseball players erupted in applause Monday afternoon as the news of Barry Larkin's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame came over the TV screen.

"It was really cool, all the excitement and all the guys cheering when we found out he was going to the Hall of Fame," senior baseball player Bradley Macciocchi said.

"Without technology you'd read it in the paper the next day," baseball head coach Tim Held said. "For them to all be gathered together in that classroom felt good to me to see them in that moment and be a part of it with them."

Along with the baseball players were Larkin's former coaches from his own days at Moeller in the early 1980's.

"It was a little emotional, knowing that coach Cameron was there," Held shared.

"If you were to tell me 42 years ago I was going to coach a Hall of Fame player I would have told you [that] you were nuts," Coach Mike Cameron said.  "Golly, it was 30 years ago since he was here and it seems like yesterday."

"It's really cool to think that he helped Barry on his journey to where he is now," Macciocchi said.

Larkin's career legacy has become an inspiration for the next generation.

"He was always upbeat, positive, humble," Cameron said. "You know, Barry hasn't changed."

"It's definitely someone we can all look up to as baseball players and as people," Macciocchi said. "Just looking for someone to imitate and be like as a person."

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