Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/22/12
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Dave Parker turned out to be a visionary. Dave Concepcion didn't. Parker was playing right field for Cincinnati in 1984 when the Reds visited Detroit for an exhibition game against the Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Barry Larkin, a Cincinnati native, was the star shortstop at University of Michigan and tagged along with Wolverines equipment manager Jon Falk for the short trip from Ann Arbor. Falk had connections and got Larkin a clubhouse pass. Parker, also a Cincinnatian, grabbed Larkin by the hand and walked him across the clubhouse to the locker to where Concepcion, the Reds' shortstop, was dressing. "Dave said, 'This is Barry Larkin, he's from Cincinnati and he's going to take your job,'" Larkin recalled during Sunday's National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony. "I'm saying, 'Oh my goodness, this is not how I expected this to go down.' Davey, who was my idol, looks at my hands and my calluses and said, 'No, his hands are too hard.' I tho...
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