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The Legend of Larry Strong began long before most legends take hold.
Because Larry Strong is still going. And he's shown very few signs of slowing down.
Strong is Mr. Little League in Havre de Grace—Mr. Baseball, perhaps. Strong has coached, umpired and gotten his hands dirty more than many in the city could imagine, just to improve the opportunity for the youth of Havre de Grace to play Little League Baseball.
Strong continues to log long, arduous hours at Stancill Field, dragging the infields, painting fences, mowing grass, fixing leaks and divots and replacing the gravel on the warning track.
You name it, Strong does it. And he never seeks credit.
Strong is gruff. His voice gravelly. His last name more than just a generational hand-me-down.
"Larry has been a very big influence in the Havre de Grace Little League for many, many years," resident Leigh Ann Harkins Eller said on Patch's Facebook page. "[He has] dedicated time in coaching, teaching, grounds crew, and the list goes on."
Strong has also coached junior varsity baseball at Havre de Grace High School.
Strong has worked on the grounds at Bulle Rock Golf Course, as well.
But his years have been spent mainly at Stancill Field, where he and his late wife, Margaret, supported their own grandchildren and many more of Havre de Grace's young residents. Margaret passed away last Christmas.
Strong is a member of the Havre de Grace Little League Hall of Fame.
If Havre de Grace had a community Hall of Fame, Strong would be in it's first class.
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