My Barry Larkin collection is sitting pretty around 635 unique cards. So many, in fact, that themes can arise within only this population of Larkin goodness. So how about a multiple part retrospective on the cardboard life of Hall of Fame shortstop and lifetime-Red Barry Larkin? Done.
How many parts? I dunno. How long will this take? I dunno. How often will these be peppered throughout the blog? I dunno. How many questions can I ask myself, a sign of incredibly lazy writing? Well, so far, five.
Today's focus is on the double play. Larkin was involved in 1092 double plays in 2085 games, a clip of better than one every other game. That's a lot of DP's. But more importantly, Barry did it with flair. You can see by a lot of his expressions in these photos, he's performing Olympic-level acrobatics without so much as a grimace.
As a result, all major brands embraced Larkin's fielding. Every game the photographers got a show. Must've been nice. Just point your lens at #11, light a cigarette, and wait an inning or two. Boom. A+ photo. I own 21 such double play cards. I wish I had more. In time, I surely will.