Nairobi Malaria (1997-2003)
New York Nukes (2004-2005)
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2011
The best shortstop for the first five years of the modern Weaver era, Barry Larkin was a key player in the potent offense of the Nairobi Malaria. One of the premier leadoff hitters in the league, Larkin averaged 130 runs scored per year in his first five seasons, leading the league twice and finishing in the top five in all five years.
Batting ahead of slugger Stan Musial, the two were a lethal combination, instilling fear in many a Blizzard League pitcher during their time together in Nairobi. As prolific as their partnership was, it didn't translate into success in the postseason. The Malaria did win the 1998 Barnes Division Championship, but they suffered a heartbreaking seven game loss to the Havana Cigars in the Blizzard League Championship Series.
After the 2003 season he was dealt to the New York Nukes, where he spent his last two years in the league. Having already announced that he would retire after the 2005 season he managed to put up solid numbers, scoring 80 runs and stealing 30 bases, helping lead the Nukes to the 2005 Lockwood Division Championship. Unfortunately Larkin would never play in a Weaver Series as the Nukes lost the Inferno League Championship to the Amity White Sharks in seven games.
In 2011 Larkin was rewarded for his solid career, becoming the ninth player enshrined into the Weaverball Hall of Fame.