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Barry Louis Larkin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 28, 1964. He graduated from Cincinnati's Archbishop Moeller High School in 1982 where he played product_baseball, football and basketball. Despite being drafted by the Reds in the second round right out of high school, he went on to play product_baseball for the University of Michigan and hit .361 during his three seasons there (1983-1985). At Michigan he earned All-American honors twice and was the first product_baseball player ever to be named MVP of the Big Ten twice. Larkin also played on the U.S. Olympic team at the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles and hit .311 helping his team win the silver medal.
- Member of the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds team. Member of 1994 and 1995 National League Central Division Champion Cincinnati Reds teams.
- Named to 12 National League All Star Teams (1988-1991, 1993-1997, 1999-2000 and 2004).
- Won 1993 Roberto Clemente Award for exemplifying the game of product_baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team.
- Won 1994 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for being the Major League Baseball player who both on and off the field best exemplifies the character of Lou Gehrig.
- Won National League Gold Glove Award at Shortstop 3 times (1994-1996).
- Won National League Silver Slugger Award at Shortstop 9 times (1988-1992, 1995-1996 and 1998-1999).
- Finished 7th in voting for 1990 National League MVP primarily for playing in 158 Games, having .301 Batting Average (185 for 614), 147 Singles, 241 Times on Base, being Hit by Pitch 7 times, Grounding into Double Plays 14 times and having 12.5 At Bats per Strikeout.
- Finished 17th in voting for 1991 National League MVP for having .302 Batting Average, .378 On-base percentage and .506 Slugging Percentage.
- Finished 12th in voting for 1992 National League MVP for primarily for having .304 Batting Average, 7 Sacrifice Flies and 9.2 At Bats per Strikeout.
- Named 1995 National League MVP for having .319 Batting Average, .394 On-base percentage, 98 Runs, 158 Hits, 51 Stolen Bases, 108 Singles, 222 Times on Base and 10.1 At Bats per Strikeout.
- Finished 12th in voting for 1996 National League MVP for having .410 On-base percentage, .567 Slugging Percentage, 117 Runs, 96 Walks, 36 Stolen Bases, Grounding into Double Plays 20 times and averaging 9.9 At Bats per Strikeout.
- Finished 22nd in voting for 1999 National League MVP for having .293 Batting Average (171 for 583), 108 Runs, 30 Doubles, 4 Triples, 12 Home Runs, 75 RBI, 30 Stolen Bases, 93 Walks, .390 On-base Percentage, .420 Slugging Percentage, 245 Total Bases, 5 Sacrifice Hits and 4 Sacrifice Flies.
- Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.