Baseball Player Larry Walker Wiki, Bio, Age, Career, Height, Weight, Position, Number, Spouse & Net Worth

Biography

Larry Walker is a Canadian former professional baseball right fielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) and a Hall of Famer. During his 17-year career, he played for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals. Since 1997, he became the only player in major league history to register both a .700 slugging percentage and 30 stolen bases in the same season, on his way to winning the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). The first player in more than 60 years to hit at least .360 in each of three consecutive seasons from 1997 to 1999, Walker also won three NL batting championships.

Early Life

Larry Kenneth Robert Walker, Jr., was born on December 1, 1966, in Maple Ridge, a suburb of Greater Vancouver in British Columbia, to Larry, Sr., and Mary Walker, both of Scottish descent. Larry, Jr., was the youngest of four boys, Barry, Carey and Gary. The five men often played together in a fastpitch softball league, frequently all in the same starting lineup. Walker grew up passing much of his free time playing street hockey, especially as part of a group of boys in the backyard. And driveway of another boy named Rick Herbert. In that group was future Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely, who became one of Walker’s close friends. Walker dreamt of a career in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a goaltender, only casually playing an occasional baseball game during the summer.

Professional career

Walker attended Expos minor league spring training camp in 1985 and it was clear from the outset that pitching was a complete mystery to him. He swung indiscriminately, expecting every pitch to be a fastball, including at ones that bounced 10 feet in front of, or on, home plate. When the camp ended, there was still about one and a half months remaining until the start of the season, so he returned home, seeking additional preparation. He joined a fast-pitch softball team sponsored by a bowling alley, but this brought little relief.

Playing style

Walker, in spite of earnestly concentrating his efforts at baseball much later than nearly other all players. And excelled at all aspects of the game, including hitting for both average and power, plate discipline, speed, defense. Similarly, throwing strength and accuracy, almost seamlessly translating the smoothness and agility of his hockey game to the diamond. Famously distinguished as “the accidental ballplayer” by a Sports Illustrated article since 1993, he displayed all skills of the ideal five-tool player.

Personal life

Walker and wife Angela reside in West Palm Beach, Florida. Walker has two daughters with Angela and one daughter from his former wife Christa VandenBrink. Walker’s talents extend beyond the diamond. He enjoys playing and watching soccer. In West Palm Beach, he frequently bowls for recreation, at times with former major leaguers Ted Simmons and Matt Stairs. He has bowled a 300 game on April 10, 2014.

Overview

  • Full Name: Larry Kenneth Robert Walker
  • Date of Birth: December 1, 1966
  • Age: 53 years
  • Birth Place: Maple Ridge, Canada
  • Position: Outfielder
  • Home runs: 383
  • Awards: National League Most Valuable Player Award, Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award
  • Number: 33 (St. Louis Cardinals), 33 (Colorado Rockies / Outfielder), 33 (Montreal Expos)
  • Spouse: Angela Brekken (m since 1998), Christa Vandenbrink (m since 1990–1994)
  • Net Worth: $45 million
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