It has been a monumental last few days for Larry Walker and the Colorado Rockies. Now the franchise’s first-ever Hall of Famer has yet another honor to add to his list.
On Tuesday, Colorado governor Jared Polis announced that January 27-31 would be known as “Larry Walker Week” in the state of Colorado. The honor follows the announcement that Walker will become the first Rockies players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in late July.
In a tweet, Polis also gave credit to members of Colorado’s House and Senate for coming together on the creation of “Larry Walker Week.”
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This follows a moment in the Canadian Parliament where Walker’s induction was honored as well with resounding applause. Walker will become the first Canadian position player to be included in the Hall of Fame. He will also do it after a groundswell of support that happened for him in his 10th and final year on the writers’ ballot.
Walker’s induction was a big moment for Canada and Colorado both. Having the Rockies first-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame brings hope that future voters will look at Todd Helton and others who played at Coors Field in a favorable light rather than scoffing at their accomplishments because of the games they played at altitude.
Just how important was Walker’s induction for future Rockies? One of our writers, Kevin Larson, took a look at that in this article.
Many Rockies fans have already said they will be journeying to Cooperstown to witness this moment in franchise history. We will be there as well, bringing you the latest as Walker officially gains baseball immortality.