DETROIT -- Barry Larkin, who was inducted on Sunday into the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with Ron Santo, has known White Sox manager Robin Ventura for quite a few years. That extensive knowledge for Ventura gave him a first-hand view of that extraordinary play from Larkin that led up to this special day.
"He was one of the best players in the game for a long time," said Ventura of Larkin, who played his entire 19-year-career for the Reds. "The thing about Barry, you saw his teams with the Reds kind of modeled themselves after him. He got people to play better. For me, that's the most impressive part."
Santo, who passed away in December 2010, played 14 seasons for the Cubs and was long associated with the franchise as one of its highly popular broadcasters. He also played his final season in 1974 as part of the White Sox.