Story and pictures by Clinton Randall
UNION CITY, Ind. (11-26-19) – On September 3, 2019 the Union City Lady Indians lost one of their tribe, Larry Wilson. This past Friday, during the Lady Indians home game with Northeastern, the school unveiled the new Larry Wilson Media Row table in dedication to this loyal Indian fan and supporter.
Larry spent countless hours as the girls basketball bookkeeper and statistician and even served on the UC Athletic Hall of Fame committee because of his extensive knowledge of past athletes for decades. He spent countless hours not just in the gym taking stats, but supporting all sports and athletes throughout his beloved community.
UC girls varsity basketball head coach Sarah Black
“I first met Larry when I was in the sixth grade playing on the UC all-star softball team. He kept the book for the team and even gave me a picture a few years back that he had from those days of 6th grade me.”
“I have known Larry for most of my life. He was a great friend and knew his sports. He was a loyal supporter of Indian athletics and of me. I am so thankful that Larry was a part of our team and family!”
After a successful high school baseball career at Union City, Larry committed himself to the military and served in the marines, fighting in Vietnam and earning a Purple Heart. He then found his way back home to Union City, where he built a family and lifelong relationships with individuals and coaches through his love for sports.
He loved his Lady Indians and would often brag about them at family gatherings. Larry was also very good about keeping the stats straight. Before his longtime UCCHS commitment, he also kept book and stats for softball teams in the area. He loved sports and dedicated much of his life to helping young athletes and coaching in the area.
Coach Black concluded-
“Larry was a good friend to many with his kind soul and humorous personality and will be greatly missed! Thank you, Larry for your giving heart, your sense of humor and your unwavering support, but most of all… thank you for being a friend.”
Much of Larry’s family was in attendance for the unveiling ceremony. Along with the display on the front of the table “Larry Wilson Media Row” that faces the court, the top reads “Lady Indian Bookkeeper & Statistician” and also displays a couple clipboards that say “Dedicated to Larry Wilson – July 19, 1949 to September 3, 2019” and “Loyal Indian Fan” – which indeed he truly was.