Back in February, Cincinnati, Ohio, councilwoman Victoria Parks wanted to name a local street after a Cincinnati Reds great. And on Monday it all came to fruition as Barry Larkin received a prestigious honor in downtown Cincinnati. The Hall of Famer now has a street named after him.


That’s right, Mehring Way between Joe Nuxhall Way and Broadway will now be known as Barry Larkin Way.


“I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by the city of Cincinnati,” Larkin said in a post on Twitter. “This community and the people of this city mean so much to my family and me. To have a street named after me in my hometown is unreal and I thank everyone who made this happen.”



This is a well-deserved honor for Larkin who gave so much to his hometown during his playing days. There’s no question that Larkin was one of the best ever to play the game of baseball. When you look at his career, there’s nothing you can argue. This former MLBbro helped the Cincinnati Reds win its fifth World Series title in 1990. 


Barry Larkin “The Cincinnati Kid” was a force to be reckoned with


It’s not every day when a player gets the opportunity to play for their hometown team. Let alone spend their entire career with that team. Larkin did just that. From 1986 to 2004, Larkin was a member of the Reds and accomplished a lot during that time.



The shortstop had all the tools to be an elite player. Whether he was in the field or at the plate, Larkin dominated in all phases of the game. He finished his career with a .295 batting average, with 198 home runs, 960 RBI, and 379 stolen bases. Not to mention he had a total of 2,340 hits. The 12-time all-star also won nine Silver Slugger Awards, three Gold Glove Awards, and was named the National League MVP in 1995. 


Street naming speaks to Larkin’s legacy in Cincinnati


Not everyone gets a street named after them. The fact that the city of Cincinnati wanted to name a street after Larkin just speaks volumes to the kind of person he was on and off the diamond.


Barry Larkin Elevated The Shortstop Position



“Getting the opportunity to live out a dream; meet my idol David Concepción and play with him; play for Pete Rose who I idolized growing up; play with Tony Pérez and many of the greats that went before us — Joe Morgan — and then to be able to come here and win a World Series was absolutely amazing,” Larkin said at the street unveiling.


“Having a street named after you — seriously, in Cincinnati, I don’t know if it gets any more amazing than that,” he said.


Winning awards on the field is one thing, but to receive such an honor like this is something that’ll you’ll remember for a lifetime. Now, when fans are headed to Great American Ball Park to catch a game, they will get a chance to see Barry Larkin Way. 

Congratulations to Barry Larkin on the naming of his street, a true Cincinnati legend.

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