Larry Walker has become the most recent inductee into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. He will have to wait for his ceremony as the world deals with the Corona Virus. That will not dampen this proud moment in Canadian Baseball history when it does occur. Walker Will become the second Canadian born player to be inducted and the first position player. The great Fergie Jenkins is the only other Canuck to get the nod.
Not only do his numbers make for a proper hall of famer, but this proud Canadian embodies what it means to be a pro athlete. Work ethic, strong desire to win and talent made him a formidable opponent to National league pitchers. Over his 17 year career, Walker ripped 383 home runs and had 1,311 runs batted in.
The 1997 season with the Colorado Rockies, made Walker into a household name. His numbers are of the gawdy type taking 49 Rawlings cowhide spheres over National League walls, while driving in 130 runs. That season saw his average balloon to 366, a clip he'd not come close to prior. That season Walker wins the MVP of the League and never looks back. He was a 5 time All Star and led the League in batting average in 1998 with 363 clip. He followed that season up with another batting crown by hitting 379, his highest average ever, which is unreal. He would go on to win one more batting title in 2001 by hitting 350.
This sweet black Rawlings Adirondack bat was wielded by Walker during his second season in the league while suiting up for the Montreal Expos. Ball marks are all over the right side of the barrel, proper for many left handed hitters. This bat feels really nice in my hands. Great balance and nice cupped end.