Hal Larson has spent about 60% of his life coaching baseball or softball. When he was not coaching he was helping run many youth sports organizations.
Beginning in the mid-60s, Hal was a baseball coach in three different towns: Hartford, Enfield, and East Windsor. In East Windsor, Hal did double duty serving as the league treasurer for 16 years.
After Hal moved to Windsor Locks, his daughter’s team needed a coach for softball. Naturally, Hal stepped in and became a fixture at the softballs fields, coaching for another nine years.
When Hal’s grandson started to play baseball, Hal returned to coaching. Just like in East Windsor, Hal became the treasurer of Windsor Locks Little League and has held that position for 28 years. Each year Hal single handedly solicits team sponsors and ads that fill the league program book.
When it came time to honor the 25th anniversary of the 1965 Little League World Series Champion team, Hal was one of 4 individuals that helped raise of $3000 to make that event a success. Through Hal’s efforts, player’s fees are greatly reduced and more money is available to help young ballplayers.
Hal has three daughters Nadine, Leslie and Valerie plus a son, Scott. He has 4 grandchildren Avery, Cheyenne, Chloe and Chad. Hal worked as an accountant for Connecticut International and later was certified in business management. He was a permanent substitute teacher in Suffield for many years.
A man of many talents, Hal was played in many area bands over the years and arranged numerous bus trips to Yankee Stadium to watch his beloved Yankees. He loves to travel to Hawaii; he goes twice year for two weeks at a time.
Every successful youth sports organization has dedicated volunteers. Few have volunteers as dedicated as Hal Larson. Windsor Locks is lucky to have him, not only as a coach yet as the major fundraiser for the league. Six decades later, Hal is still going strong; commitment worth of the Hall of Fame.