The tiny village of Cooperstown, New York was the scene of celebration and joy on Sunday afternoon, as Barry Larkin and Ron Santo took their rightful place among baseball's all-time greats in the Hall of Fame.
Santo, who passed away in December 2010, was represented by wife Vicki. It was obvious just from her facial expressions that the pride she had in her husband's accomplishments was truly being felt on this special day.
Larkin began taking in the entire experience early in the weekend. This was Larkin's very first trip to Cooperstown, and he made sure to keep every moment locked away in his heart.
"It's everything I expected, and I think it's been a little more," Larkin said. "What adds to it is that this time up here there are actually other Hall of Fame players that I interact with.
"[Tigers great] Al Kaline just walked up to me and told me to 'Go get 'em, buddy.' I saw Bob Gibson the other day and said, "Hello, Mr. Gibson." He said, 'I'm Bob!' I came up here for orientation and it was great. At that time, still it was kind of concept. But it's a little more tangible now. So I think it's more special, for sure."
Here are some of the special highlights from Larkin and Santo's special day as they took their place on the hallowed halls of Cooperstown.