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Friday, April 22, 2022

Incredible Story of Larry Bird - High School Baseball Coach

In order to finish his college degree, Larry Bird was working at Ballinger’s school as a physical education student-teacher just weeks before becoming an NBA rookie. While doing so, Bird approached Ballinger about helping out with his team. As soon as they could find a uniform that fit his 6-foot-9 frame, “Larry Legend” was officially an assistant varsity baseball coach.

“As far as a lot of the technicalities of baseball, cutoff men and stuff, that was more Coach Ballinger. But the fly balls Larry would hit to the outfielders were Dave Kingman like. Sometimes he’d put them over the fence and into the tennis court,” said Bob Compton, who was a senior first baseman on the team coached by Bird.

Imagine Ja Morant in baseball pants hitting fungos to high school kids just days before his first NBA press conference. Talk about a viral TikTok.

“Larry would get on the tractor and mow the grass for me. He would help line the field too,” said Ballinger.


 

 

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