With his parents and family looking on from the front row, Larkin, one of the best shortstops in major league history, spent his entire speech thanking the people that molded him.
His parents introduced him to the game at age 5. Larkin singled out former teammates Pete Rose, Buddy Bell, Eric Davis, Dave Parker and Dave Concepcion.
“My inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the ultimate validation. I want to thank you all for helping me along the way,” Larkin said.