Larry Walker


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Full name; Larry Kenneth Robert Walker

Date of birth: December 1, 1966

Place of birth: Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Position: Right fielder

Batted: Left

Threw: Right

MLB debut: August 16, 1989, for the Montreal Expos

Last MLB appearance: October 2, 2005, for the St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

 

 

MLB statistics

Batting average .313

Home runs 383

Runs batted in 1,311

 

Teams

Montreal Expos (1989–1994)

Colorado Rockies (1995–2004)

St. Louis Cardinals (2004–2005)

 

Larry Kenneth Robert Walker is a Canadian former right fielder in Major League Baseball.

Born on December 1, 1966 to parents of Scottish descent, Walker grew up playing ice hockey and dreamed of a career in the NHL as a goaltender, only playing baseball for fun during the summer. At the age of 16, after getting cut from youth teams, Walker decided to focus his athletic aspirations on baseball.

Walker was selected to join the Canadian team at the 1984 World Youth Championships in Saskatchewan. At that tournament, he caught the eye of Montreal Expos scouting director Jim Fanning, who signed Walker for $1500.

After a difficult beginning, Walker soon developed into one of the Expos' best young prospects. He made his debut with the Montreal Expos on August 16, 1989. He became a role model for thousands of young Canadian baseball players.

Before the 1995 season, Walker signed with the Colorado Rockies becoming soon a major factor in helping the team reach the playoffs for the first time, hitting .306 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI. He remains in the top ten in many offensive categories for the Rockies. In 1997, when he hit .366 with 49 home runs, 130 RBI, 33 stolen bases, and 409 total bases, en route to becoming the first Canadian player to win the MVP Award. He became and remains the only player to have at least 25 stolen bases and a slugging percentage of more than .700 in a season.

Walker's 409 total bases in 1997 were the most in an NL season since Stan Musial's 1948 season, although the mark was bettered by Sammy Sosa in 1998 (416).

In 1998, Walker won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian athlete of the year after finishing runner-up the previous year to Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve. He won the Tip O'Neill Award as Canada's top baseball player 9 times in his career. No other player has won it more than 3 times in their career.

In August 2004 he went to the St. Louis Cardinals, here he contributed briefly to the pennant-winning 2004 squad and the 2005 division winners. The Houston Astros defeated the Cardinals in the 2005 NLCS in the last game ever played at Busch Stadium. Walker retired shortly afterwards.

 

Accomplishments

Lou Marsh Trophy (1998)

5-time All-Star (1992, 1997–99, 2001)

7-time National League Gold Glove Award winner (1992–93, 1997–99, 2001–02)

9-time Tip O'Neill Award winner (1987, 1990, 1992, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2001 – with Corey Koskie, 2002 – with Éric Gagné)

National League MVP award (1997)

4-time Top 10 MVP (1992, 5th; 1995, 7th; 1997, Won; 1999, 10th)

3-time Silver Slugger Award (1992, 1997, 1999)

ESPY −1998, Best Baseball Player

 

Personal life

Walker and his wife Angela have two daughters – Canaan Rose-Lynn (born 1999) and Shayna Kaitlin (born 2001) – and he has another daughter, Brittany Marie (born July 1993), from a previous relationship.

Walker enjoys playing and watching soccer.

His theme song is "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne.

Walker is superstitious about the number three. He wore number 33 and was married on Nov. 3 at 3:33. He would take three, or any multiple of three, swings in the batter's box before he would hit.