Keen Jr. Larry
Larry Keen Jr.
Year Inducted: 1984
Throughout Larry Keen Jr’s long ball career, which has spanned four decades, he has displayed not only superior talent and dedication to the sport, but versatility by excelling at both softball and baseball. Success on the softball diamond has been a constant throughout his career.
In 1957, as playing coach and captain, Larry led the New York Café Aces, which won the All-Ontario Juvenile “A” Championship. He was a member of the pennant winning team in the Cornwall Junior Baseball League that same year. He also found time to pitch in the Industrial Softball League finishing with a 25 and 9 pitching record as his team won this pennant as well. This team went into the OASA play down and emerged as Champion with Larry’s pitching leading the way having 52 strikeouts in 56 innings.
In 1962, Larry developed the Hodgins Lumber Huskies, a team he coached to the OASA Juvenile Championship by defeating teams from Oshawa, West Rouge, Niagara on the Lake, and Sudbury. Six of eight victories were by one run in these play downs.
Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, Larry’s playing and coaching career was dotted with more team Championships and individual highlights.
In 1975, he batted .453 for the season in the Cornwall sportsman softball league which still stands as the third highest average in league history.
Larry has given back to sports in numerous ways, including founding the Burger King Tournament of Champions, becoming an executive member on the following associations, Cornwall Minor Baseball, Cornwall Minor Hockey, Sportsman Softball League, Cornwall Junior Baseball, Industrial Softball League, and Convenor for the Ontario Amateur Softball Association.