Monday, August 4, 2014

Barry Larkin bobblehead now available on weekends in August


As a kid growing up in the 1990s, with a particular affinity for the Cincinnati Reds, one player who I always tried to imitate on the field was Barry Larkin. I played the same position as Larkin, wore the same number as Larkin (No. 11) and for awhile went as far as fashioning my batting stance after Larkin.

You can only imagine my joy when I saw "The Captain" take his rightful place into Cooperstown in the summer of 2012. And Larkin continues to be a presence in baseball thanks to his analyst role at ESPN.

Now, fans wanting to literally get a piece of the Reds legends will have a chance to do so during weekends in August, as the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum continues its collectible bobblehead series with the release of the Larkin bobblehead.

Here's more information courtesy of the Reds...

One of the most complete players in Reds history, Larkin's remarkable career culminated with his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. Of the many unforgettable moments of Larkin's career, his celebratory leap after the Reds' completed their sweep of the A's in the 1990 World Series ranks among the most indelible of his career. The bobblehead replicates that triumphant moment in great detail, including the dirt that stained the front of his uniform from a slide earlier in the game.

Larkin was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2008.

The bobblehead series continues each month through September with a different Reds legend in a classic pose that highlights an iconic image or moment from their Reds career.

• May: Sparky Anderson (only available through the purchase of a membership)

• June: Jim O'Toole (only available through the purchase of a membership)

• July: Eric Davis (only available through the purchase of a membership)

• August: Barry Larkin

• September: Pete Rose

Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military/veterans.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the Hall of Fame & Museum as a member:

• $50 Reds Fan membership (individual) gets the Sparky Anderson and Jim O'Toole bobbleheads.

• $85 All-Star membership (family) gets the Sparky Anderson, Jim O'Toole, Eric Davis and Barry Larkin bobbleheads.

• $200 MVP and $1,000 World Champion memberships get all five bobbleheads plus additional perks and gifts.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:

Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 81 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.

The Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.

Located next to Great American Ball Park, The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m year-round with extended hours on game days.

Plan your visit at www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.

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