Councilman Wendell Young introduced a resolution in Wednesday's City Council meeting to honor Barry Larkin on his recent election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Larkin, who played for the Reds from 1986 until 2004, will be inducted during a ceremony on July 22, 2012.
"Not only has Barry Larkin lead the Cincinnati Reds to a World Series victory, but he has always given back to the community of Cincinnati," said Young. "Honoring Mr. Larkin with this Resolution is just one way our great city can give back to him."
The resolution reads:
CONGRATULATING Barry Larkin on his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and for his stellar baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds.
WHEREAS, Barry Larkin is a Cincinnati-area native who graduated from Moeller High School and the University of Michigan and was twice drafted by the Reds; and
WHEREAS, Barry Larkin played 19 seasons exclusively with the Reds from 1986 to 2004; and
WHEREAS, During those 19 seasons Barry Larkin compiled a .295 lifetime batting average, was a 12-time All Star, a 9-time Silver Slugger Award winner, a 3-time Gold Glove winner, the 1995 National League Most Valuable Player and the first shortstop to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season; and
WHEREAS, Barry Larkin also won the 1993 Roberto Clemente Award honoring the baseball player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team and the 1994 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for players who best exemplify character and integrity both on and off the field; and
WHEREAS, in 1990 Barry Larkin led the Cincinnati Reds to the World Series Championship by sweeping the Oakland A's; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of Barry Larkin's outstanding career the Baseball Writers' Association of America elected him to the Baseball Hall of Fame by naming him on 86% of their ballots; and
WHEREAS, Barry Larkin is the first Cincinnatian ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writer's Association; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Cincinnati, State of Ohio:
Section 1. That the Mayor and Council hereby congratulate Barry Larkin for his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame and his outstanding 19-season career with the Cincinnati Reds.
Section 2. That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of Council and that a copy be presented to Barry Larkin.