Back in October 2005, I wrote this about Larry Walker.
The greatest position player this nation has ever produced may have played his last game. I'm speaking, of course, about Maple Ridge, BC native Larry Walker.
If he has indeed played his last game, and he hasn't made that fact official yet, here are his career statistics. 2,160 hits, a .313 average, 383 home runs, 7 Gold Gloves, 230 stolen bases and one MVP honour.
Our greatest player once made the following statement. "I don't mind saying hockey is the greatest game in the world." Thanks for a great career Larry. Thanks for leading the way with a maple leaf on your chest and a hockey stick in your hand.
Today the greatest position player this country has ever produced became the second Canadian elected to the Hall of Fame after pitcher Fergie Jenkins. Walker, from Maple Ridge, B.C., received 76.6 per cent of the vote by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in his 10th and final year on the ballot, narrowly surpassing the 75 per cent required for induction.