Barry Larkin Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop gets 495 votes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2012 3:15 PM CST
Former Cincinnati Reds Shortstop Barry Larkin Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
In this July 28, 2004 file photo, Cincinnati Reds' Barry Larkin takes a curtain call after hitting a grand slam off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Steve Kline in the fifth inning in Cincinnati.   (DAVID KOHL)

Barry Larkin has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop received 495 votes (86%) in balloting announced today by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, well above the necessary 430 (75%). Larkin was on the ballot for the third time after falling 75 votes short last year. He will be inducted on July 22 in Cooperstown along with the late Ron Santo, elected last month by the Veterans Committee.

Jack Morris was next with 382 votes (67%), missing by 48 votes on his 13th try but up sharply from 54% last year. Jeff Bagwell was third with 321 votes, followed by Lee Smith (290), Tim Raines (279), Edgar Martinez (209) and Alan Trammell (211). Mark McGwire, 10th on the career home run list with 583, received 19.5% in his sixth try on the ballot. Bernie Williams received the most votes among first-time eligibles, with 55. (More Baseball Hall of Fame stories.)

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