Status: Cincinnati Reds shortstop from 1986-2004. Inducted this weekend to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
DOB: April 28, 1964 In: Cincinnati, Ohio
Baseball Heroes: “Ozzie Smith, Dave Concepcion, shortstops. Those are the guys I watched.”
Nicknames: “Hondo. Lark.”
Early Baseball Memory: “My first game playing first base. I was five years old. My dad was the coach. Grounder to shortstop. He threw it to me. Hit me right on the nose. Nice and bloody. Painful. I came out and wanted to quit. I missed the next day. But then I wanted to play again [smiles].”
First Job: “Sorting clothes at a cleaning service.”
First Car: “1973 green Volkswagen Beetle.”
Hobbies/Interests: “Watching my kids play sports. Jet skiiing. Boating.”
Pre-Game Feeling: “Feel determined. Relax. Try to relax.”
Favorite Book: “The Old Man And The Sea. Kept my attention the most. Something about the water I like. I also liked Moby Dick in high school.”
Favorite Movie: “Scarface.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “1990 World Series. The final game. The final out. Fly ball to first base – Todd Benzinger. I scored the winning run on a fly ball by Hal Morris.”
Favorite Ballpark: “Shea Stadium.”
Funniest Player Encountered: “Dave Parker. When I came into the Big Red Machine. Those guys were a riot, really funny.”
Closest Friends In Baseball: “Shane Mack. We were on the 1984 Olympic team together. Real close. Named my son after him.”
Favorite Athletes To Watch: “Michael Jordan. Heavyweight boxers. I love boxing. I like to see the strategizing. Watching the warriors go to work. I like that struggle, going out there and fighting. Having your back to the wall, having to get it done by yourself.”
People Qualities Most Admired: “Honest people. Straight-forwardness. People that go straight to the point and don’t try to circumvent things. I think that’s the way I am, the way my father is.”
Family: Wife, Lisa; daughters, Brielle, Cymber; son, Deshane.
Career Accomplishments: 12-time All-Star; 1995 NL MVP; 1993 Roberto Clemente Award winner; 1990 World Series champion; 1984 U.S. Olympian; 3-time Gold Glove Award winner; .295 career batting average with 198 home runs and 960 RBI.
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