Why was a National Baseball Hall of Famer who played his entire career for the Cincinnati Reds mentioned during a Top 25 college basketball game broadcast Sunday by CBS?
Because the University of Michigan Wolverines – ranked No. 2 in the country at 15-0 this season and one of just three remaining undefeated teams in Div. I men’s college basketball – have a play they run – according to CBS commentator Clark Kellogg, who broadcasted Sunday’s game along with Spero Dedes – called the “Barry Larkin.”
It’s a nice tribute for the former All-American for Michigan, who actually was recruited out of Moeller High School by the Wolverines to play football and had to convince head coach Bo Schembechler that he wanted to instead play baseball at the school.
Shortly after the Cincinnati Reds began interviewing internal candidates in their search for a manager – before they hired fellow Moeller alumnus David Bell – president of baseball operations Dick Williams announced Larkin would not be a candidate for the job. Larkin is continuing in his role on the Reds’ player development staff.
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Barry’s brother, Byron Larkin, is a radio analyst for Xavier University basketball and remains XU’s all-time leading scorer with 2,696 points.
Former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin talks about the prospect of someday managing his former team.
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