Barry Larkin slides back to first while playing for the University of Michigan in 1985. Larkin, who was originally recruited to play football by late Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, was on the Wolverine baseball team from 1983 to '85.
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Bo Diaz and Barry Larkin
Larkin celebrates with teammate Bo Diaz after hitting a home run at Wrigley Field.
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Glenn Braggs, Eric Davis and Barry Larkin
Larkin celebrates with Eric Davis (44) and Glenn Braggs (15) after winning Game 2 of the World Series in the 10th inning. The Reds swept the series in four games.
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Larkin slides safely home in Game 1 of the 1990 World Series. The nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner batted .353 in the Series to help the Reds sweep the heavily-favored A's.
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Barry Larkin and Bobby Bonilla
Larkin tags out then-Pirates outfielder Bobby Bonilla in Game 4 of the 1990 NLCS. The Reds beat the Pirates 4-2 and went on to sweep the A's in the World Series.
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Barry and Lisa Larkin
Walking two dogs while rollerblading? Larkin, shown here with wife Lisa, was clearly the epitome of cool.
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Deion Sanders and Barry Larkin
Larkin (right) shares a lighter moment with Reds teammate Deion Sanders before playing the Braves in April 1997.
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Chipper Jones, Ken Griffey Jr., Kevin Brown and Barry Larkin
Larkin points at future-teammate and then-Mariner Ken Griffey, Jr. as Chipper Jones and Kevin Brown look on at the 1997 All-Star game in Cleveland. Larkin was a 12-time All-Star.
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Larkin shows his patriotism before a September 2001 game against the Chicago Cubs.
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George W. Bush and Barry Larkin
Larkin shakes hands with President George W. Bush before Bush threw out the first pitch at Milwaukee's Miller Park in April 2001.
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Barry Larkin and fans
Larkin signs autographs before a game against Montreal in September 2003. The Cincinnati-native played with his hometown Reds from 1986 to 2004.
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Larkin heads home against the Expos in a June 2004 game at Great American Ballpark. Larkin retired after the 2004 season -- his 19th year in the big leagues.
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Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Perez and Barry Larkin
Larkin and Griffey, Jr. chat before a May 2004 game with Reds legend Tony Perez. Larkin and Griffey, Jr. both graduated from Cincinnati's Moeller High, though they didn't attend at the same time.
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Larkin as Team USA's bench coach during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
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Barry Larkin and Jose Reyes
Larkin shakes hands with then-Mets shortstop Jose Reyes after being inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in July 2008. Larkin was a three-time Gold Glove winner and the 1995 NL MVP.
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Victor Rojas, Harold Reynolds and Barry Larkin
Larkin (right) hosts Hot Stove on the MLB Network with Victor Rojas (left) and Harold Reynolds (center). Larkin left MLB Network to join ESPN as an analyst in 2011.
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