An estimated 18,000 fans, along with 44 returning Hall of Famers, attended the July 22 Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown as Barry Larkin and Ron Santo were inducted as the Class of 2012. Award winners Bob Elliott (J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writing), and Tim McCarver (Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence) were honored at the July 20 Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field.
BARRY LARKIN: Barry Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame on Jan. 9 in his third try on the Baseball Writers’ Association of American ballot…Larkin was named on 495 of 573 BBWAA ballots (86.4 percent)…Larkin’s jump of 24.3 percent from the year before was the biggest jump in any Hall of Fame election in which at least 400 ballots were cast (at least 400 ballots have been cast in every BBWAA Hall of Fame election since 1986)…Larkin, one of a handful of shortstops who redefined the offensive expectations at the position, played his entire 19-year big league career with the Reds, compiling a .295 average, 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs, 198 home runs, 960 RBI and 379 stolen bases…Larkin won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1995 and became the first big league shortstop to record a 30-home run/30-steal season in 1996…He led the Reds to the World Series title in 1990…Larkin was named to 12 All-Star Games, won nine Silver Slugger Awards at shortstop and captured three Gold Glove Awards… He played 2,085 of his 2,088 career games in the field at shortstop…Larkin was named the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award in 1993 and the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1994.
RON SANTO: The Golden Era Committee elected former Cubs and White Sox third baseman Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame on Dec. 5…Santo, who was named to nine All-Star Games in his 15 big league seasons, received 15 of 16 votes from the Committee members…Candidates needed to receive 75 percent of all ballots cast – 12 votes – to be elected…Santo becomes the 12th former major league third baseman elected to the Hall of Fame and just the 15th overall (including Negro leagues players)…In his 15 big league seasons, Santo won five Gold Glove Awards, topped the 20-homer mark 11 times and led the National League in walks four times…Santo led all NL third basemen in putouts seven times, assists seven times and total chances nine times – and retired with NL records for most assists in a season by a third baseman, most double plays by a third baseman in a career and most chances accepted at third base…Santo passed away on Dec. 2, 2010.