COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — A look at the honorees to be inducted July 21-22 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum:
BARRY LOUIS LARKIN: Born April 28, 1964, in Cincinnati ... 6-foot, 185-pound, right-handed hitting shortstop who played in 2,180 games and had a .295 career average, 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs scored and 379 stolen bases in 19 big league seasons, all with the Cincinnati Reds, and was an All-Star 12 times ... was an honor student and two-sport star at Cincinnati's Moeller High School and taken in the second round of the 1982 draft by his hometown Reds, but instead accepted a football scholarship to the University of Michigan ... was redshirted as a freshman by coach Bo Schembechler and concentrated on baseball thereafter, becoming a two-time All-American for the Wolverines in baseball ... earned a spot on the 1984 U.S. Olympic baseball team ... was taken fourth overall by the Reds in the 1985 draft ... finished seventh in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1986 despite playing just 41 games ... won the Reds' starting shortstop job as a rookie and in 1988 was a first-time All-Star with a .296 average, 91 runs scored, 32 doubles and 40 stolen bases ... in 1990 finished seventh in NL MVP voting after hitting .301 with 30 steals and 67 RBIs ... member of Cincinnati's World Series championship team in 1990, hitting .353 and scoring three times in four-game sweep of Oakland ... scored at least 80 runs in a season seven times, hit 30-plus doubles in six seasons and stole 30 or more bases five times ... won three Gold Gloves en route to a career fielding percentage of .975 and won nine Silver Slugger awards ... was named NL MVP in 1995 after hitting .319 en route to the Reds' NL Central title ... in 1996 became the first major league shortstop to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season ... won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1993 and the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1994 ... retired after the 2004 season ... elected to the Hall of Fame on his third try after being named on 495 ballots (86.4 percent).
RONALD EDWARD SANTO: Born Feb. 25, 1940, in Seattle ... 6-foot, 190-pound, right-handed hitting third baseman ... signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1959 and made major league debut June 26, 1960 ... a nine-time All-Star in his 15-year career, Santo played in 2,243 games and batted .277 with 2,254 hits, 365 doubles, 67 triples, 342 homers and 1,331 RBIs and also won five Gold Glove awards ... a member of the Chicago Cubs organization for the better part of five decades as a player (1960-74) and broadcaster (1990-2010) ... hit 337 of his career homers in a Cubs uniform, fourth-most in franchise history, despite a decades-long battle with diabetes ... in December 1973 was traded by the Cubs to the Chicago White Sox for Ken Frailing, Steve Stone, Steve Swisher and a player to be named ... Santo's long battle with diabetes cost him both legs below the knees, but he ultimately died of complications from bladder cancer on Dec. 3, 2010, at age 70 ... elected to the Hall posthumously by the Golden Era Committee.
JAMES TIMOTHY MCCARVER: Recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for major contributions to baseball broadcasting ... born Oct. 16, 1941, in Memphis, Tenn. ... a baseball broadcaster for more than 30 years ... spent 21 seasons as a big league catcher, playing in 1,909 games with the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, batting .271 with 1,501 hits, 242 doubles, 57 triples, 97 home runs and 645 RBIs ... earned two All-Star game berths and finished second in NL MVP voting in 1967 ... caught for Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton and was a member of the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals team that beat the New York Yankees in seven games for the World Series title ... has served as a national analyst on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX as well as broadcasting for four major league clubs and The Baseball Network ... began calling games for the Phillies almost immediately following retirement from his playing career in 1980 and also has worked for the New York Mets, Yankees and San Francisco Giants.
BOB ELLIOTT: Recipient of J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually for meritorious contributions to baseball writing ... covered first major league game in 1978, the Montreal Expos' home opener at Olympic Stadium, and covered the team through 1986 ... moved to Toronto in 1987 and has since covered the Blue Jays as a beat writer and baseball columnist for the Toronto Sun ... wrote the best-seller Hard Ball on 1987 AL MVP George Bell in 1990, The Ultimate Blue Jays Trivia Book in 1993, and The Northern Game: Baseball The Canadian Way in 2005 ... his love for baseball was instilled by his father, Bob, an accomplished semi-pro player who lost his left eye in an accident as a youth ...also worked at the Kingston Whig Standard, Ottawa Journal and Ottawa Citizen ... was inducted into the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians Hall of Fame as a builder in 2009.