Robert Larkin Death – Robert Larkin, father of Reds Announcer and MLB Hall Of Famer Barry Larkin sadly passed away on Friday 8th July 2022. Rob Johnson shared on Facebook “Condolences to Reds Announcer and MLB Hall Of Famer Barry Larkin on the passing of his Father. The actual cause of Robert Larkin’s death has not been made public.
Robert Larkin was a revered figure in the community of Cincinnati, as well as an influential and dedicated leader. Everyone member of Cincinnati and Reds Country send our deepest sympathies, as well as our love and prayers, to the whole Larkin family.
Who was Barry Larkin?
From 1986 through 2004, Barry Larkin spent his time playing shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). Before making his debut in the major leagues in 1986, he spent some time playing in the minor levels. He swiftly established himself as the Reds’ starting shortstop and went on to have a string of successful seasons with the team over a long period of time. Between the years 1997 and 2003, Larkin was sidelined by a series of ailments, which cut into his playing time in a number of different seasons.
After Larkin’s final season in 2004, he decided to retire and spent the next several years working in the front office for the Washington Nationals. After those years, he moved on to become a baseball analyst for ESPN. In 2009, he was a coach for the American squad that competed in the World Baseball Classic, and in 2013, he was the manager of the Brazilian national team that competed in the same tournament.
Larkin was raised in a Catholic household in Cincinnati, and he received his secondary education at Archbishop Moeller High School. Larkin decided during his freshman year at the University of Michigan, where he had taken a football scholarship to play for coach Bo Schembechler, that he would instead focus only on his baseball career. He was selected to the All-American team twice and guided the Wolverines to appearances in the College World Series in both 1983 and 1984. He won two All-American awards.
On May 1, 2010, the school officially retired number 16, which had been worn by Larkin. In 1985, Barry Larkin was a member of the Vermont Reds squad that won the Eastern League Championship. The following year, he played for the Denver Zephyrs and was named the Rookie of the Year as well as the AAA Player of the Year. In his whole professional career, he participated in a total of only 177 games in the minor leagues.