08/07/2012 7:01 PM EST
Reds announce plans to retire Barry Larkin's No. 11
'11 Days of Larkin' to start August 16
CINCINNATI - National Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin’s career with the Cincinnati Reds will be honored with “11 Days of Larkin," a series of celebrations from August 16-26 that will include the retirement of his uniform number 11 on Saturday, August 25. That pre-game ceremony at Great American Ball Park will begin at 3:00 p.m., preceding that afternoon's 4:05 p.m. game vs the Cardinals.
Larkin’s #11 will be the 10th jersey number retired by the Reds, joining Fred Hutchinson’s #1, Johnny Bench’s #5, Joe Morgan’s #8, Sparky Anderson’s #10, Dave Concepcion’s #13, Ted Kluszewski’s #18, Frank Robinson’s #20, Tony Perez’s #24 and Jackie Robinson’s #42.
The August 25 game's festivities will include a block party at The Banks beginning at 1:00 p.m., hosted by the Reds Community Fund and featuring a post-game performance by Barry and Lisa Larkin’s daughter Cymber, an international recording artist who performs under the name CymcoLe.
“My family and I are very excited about the special celebration in Cincinnati. Since January, the entire Hall of Fame experience has been a dream for us, and the upcoming weekend will be a fitting end to an incredible summer," Larkin said. "I am going to be very excited and humbled when my uniform number is retired next to those of players I grew up admiring and respecting. I’m looking forward to celebrating this honor with my hometown fans. I want this to be a celebration about all Cincinnatians who have made the city proud.”
The “11 Days of Larkin” will include:
Video and audio highlights of Barry’s career being featured on FOX Sports Ohio, Reds On Radio Network, reds.com.
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
All fans named Barry will receive free admission.
All fans wearing Larkin gear will receive half-price admission.
Ongoing Barry Larkin exhibit featuring rare artifacts and images and exciting highlights from his historic career.
Larkin merchandise at the Reds Team Shop by Majestic, including jerseys, player t-shirts and collectible items.
Saturday, August 18 - Reds vs Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
First 20,000 fans receive a free Barry Larkin Reds cap, presented by FOX Sports Ohio.
Friday, August 24 - Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.
Cymber Larkin will sing the National Anthem.
Barry will address fans post-game and will be joined on the field by former teammates and dignitaries.
“Barry Blast” post-game fireworks show featuring music from Barry’s historic career, presented by CVG.
Saturday, August 25 - Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.
1:00 p.m., Reds Community Fund charity block party on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way, including a post-game concert by Cymber Larkin’s band. Admission is free and proceeds from concessions will benefit the Reds Community Fund's Urban Youth Academy.
3:00 p.m., Barry Larkin #11 jersey retirement ceremony.
Reds stein giveaway to the first 11,000 fans, presented by PNC Bank. The stein features a Reds history timeline with figures from the past and present, including Barry Larkin.
Sunday, August 26 - Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 p.m.
Noon, Saturday's #11 jersey retirement ceremony will be shown on the GABP scoreboard
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