Tink Larson coping with sudden loss of wife

Posted on May 29, 2014 by CJ Siewert

Just about anyone who’s been involved in Minnesota amateur baseball in one way or another knows of Waseca coaching great Tink Larson. 

Baseball is always a topic of conversation for the longtime Waseca coach, but recently more important issues have been at the forefront of Larson’s mind after he suddenly lost his wife, Sharon, January 24 this year. 

To add to the emotions, the Minnesota State University, Mankato baseball team – which Larson is an assistant coach – has reached the semifinals of the Division II national championships. 

Rick Houston of NCAA.com caught up with Tink before Monday’s batting practice. Here is his article: 

CARY, N.C. — Tink Larson has given a lot of guidance to a lot of people over the years, because that’s what legendary coaches do.

When it comes to baseball in Minnesota, there’s Harmon Killebrew in the big leagues and there’s Larson everywhere else. In a career that dates back to midway through the Kennedy administration, Larson has touched literally thousands of lives at almost as many different levels of the sport in the state.

He could throw a ball to home plate and an average fungo shot can hit center field at Tink Larson Field, the home turf at Waseca High School. Pay attention when backing out of his driveway, because if not, it would be possible to run right into the school’s batting cage.

Count all the years Larson has served as head coach for various teams, and it would go back to well before the Civil War. At the age of 72, the Minnesota State-Mankato assistant still plays in a 50-and-over league once in a while. Cut him, and he’ll likely bleed horsehide and red stitches.

Yet for a few minutes Monday as the Mavericks took batting practice, Larson didn’t just discuss the game and his place in it. He talked about his wife, Sharon, who died suddenly on January 24. He talked about the concession stands she worked for 2,000 games or more, and the three jobs she worked so he could keep playing and coaching baseball.

She was the one who made sure everything was in order for the two grandchildren they raised. Sharon was the one who meant everything to Larson.

To read the full article, click here.

To read our feature story on Larson from 2012, click here

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