Larry Irving accepts his plaque after being inducted onto North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame.
Lawrence Crawford Irving
Born: March 20, 1943 (Chemainus, British Columbia)
Died: November 22, 2014 (Chemainus, British Columbia)
Larry Irving spent a lifetime in baseball in his hometown of Chemainus, a mill town on Vancouver Island. He played as a youth before spending a half-century serving the sport in his blue-collar town.
Known as Mr. Sports Page, Irving volunteered as a coach, umpire, statistician, groundskeeper and equipment manager. As a coach, he led several teams to local titles and competition at regional and national tournaments.
He was named commissioner of the year in 1988 for his promotion of B.C. Babe Ruth Baseball. He was inducted into the organization’s hall of fame as a builder in 1999.
In 2013, he was inducted onto the North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame.
Away from the diamond, Irving worked at the Chemainus sawmill for MacMillan Bloedel for 20 years before working for another 20 years with Local 580 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.