On January 22, 2020, Larry Walker became just the second Canadian athlete to be in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Walker was born and raised in Maple Ridge, BC, and started his professional baseball career in 1989 until it ended in 2005. In 1991, Chatham-Kent's Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins was the first Canadian inducted, but he no longer stands alone as the only Canadian.
Walker is not new to big titles, as he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of fame in 2007 and Canadians Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. Walker, 53, played 17 years in the Majors playing for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St Louis Cardinals and has a vast collection of trophies he received over his long career.
Walker is stacked with impressive stats and held a batting average of .313 along with 2,160 hits, 383 home runs, and 1311 runs. Some baseball fans have questioned the long wait to induct Walker as he has been eligible since 2009, but like most bureaucracies, sometimes things don’t make sense and can take a long time.
Walker didn’t enter the Hall of Fame alone on the 22nd, as fellow Major Leaguer Derek Jeter also joined. There are now 331 people and athletes in the MLB Hall of Fame.