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On the day he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Larry Walker made the most important wardrobe decision of his life and landed on a shirt that featured fabled Nickelodeon cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.
The visual of Walker explaining arguably the most important day of his life while wearing a smiling SpongeBob went viral that night.
So Walker made sure SpongeBob was with him onstage for his induction, postponed from last summer to Wednesday, with a pin on the left side of his suit jacket.
Walker is the second Canadian-born player to be inducted to the Hall (pitcher Ferguson Jenkins was the first).
Larry Walker wearing a Spongebob pin for his Hall of Fame induction…he’s ready. pic.twitter.com/IG3QfVb3lQ
— Cut4 (@Cut4) September 8, 2021
Walker was elected with 76.6% of the vote, and the 53-year-old was on his final try on the ballot. Alongside Walker, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, former players' union director Marvin Miller and Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons were enshrined on Wednesday.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Larry Walker's Hall of Fame induction: Ex-MLB star wears SpongeBob pin