Hall of Fame, class of 2020
Walker grew up in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and had dreams of playing professional hockey. He was scouted by the Expos at a Canadian youth baseball tournament in 1984, and they signed him for a couple thousand dollars. In 1985, the Expos assigned him to the New York-Penn League’s Utica Blue Sox, who were actually an independent club (without one-to-one affiliation) with a roster composed of misfits like Larry. In ’86, following a stint of winter instructional ball, Walker was sent to Iowa to play for the Midwest League’s Burlington Expos, where he hit 29 homers in 95 games. As the summer wound down, he was sent south to the Florida State League to finish out the season with the West Palm Bach Expos. He stayed in the Sunshine State in 1987, earning a promotion to Double-A with the Southern League’s Jacksonville Expos. A knee injury requiring surgery kept him out of the ’88 season completely, but he returned the following year and joined the Indianapolis Indians of the Triple-A American Association. In August of ’89, he debuted in Montréal and was able to stay in his home country for several years.
Minor league teams that Larry Walker played for en route to the majors:
- Utica Blue Sox (New York-Penn League)
- Burlington Expos (Midwest League)
- West Palm Beach Expos (Florida State League)
- Jacksonville Expos (Southern League)
- Indianapolis Indians (American Association)