Barry Larkin and the Hall's call

A writer who covered the Reds' shortstop reflects on his Cooperstown qualities

Updated: July 20, 2012, 11:35 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The newspaper clips are yellowed and crinkly with the passage of two decades. They've survived moves from Cincinnati to Denver to the Philadelphia suburbs, not to mention the great sump pump disaster of 2004 and the residual basement dust from a kitchen remodeling in 2011.

The Barry Larkin who stares back at me now from those old Cincinnati Post sports sections is lithe, athletic and capable of energizing a crowd with a flick of a switch. He can drive the ball ...

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