|First baseman / Right fielder / Designated hitter|
October 24, 1962 |
Flushing, New York
|May 21, 1987, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 11, 1993, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||266|
|Career highlights and awards|
Eugene Thomas Larkin (born October 24, 1962 in Flushing, New York) is a former switch-hitting first baseman, designated hitter, and right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire seven-season career with the Minnesota Twins. During his playing career he wore #9 for Minnesota, and was a member of both the 1987 and 1991 World Series championship teams. He is best known for hitting the series-winning single, a deep fly ball that was not caught by the Braves' drawn-in outfield and scored Dan Gladden from third base during the tenth inning in Game 7 of the 1991 Series.
Larkin attended Columbia University, where he played for the Lions and was later drafted in the 20th round of the 1984 amateur draft. He was the first alumnus of Columbia University to make the major leagues since Lou Gehrig. He also graduated from Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY. He currently lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where he coaches youth travel baseball and is the Vice President of Players Only Incorporated (http://www.playersonlyinc.com/), where he does private and group instruction.