Warrior Memories: Larry Taylor, a top-notch former DN Warrior player

Steve Chittock

With basketball season on us I was thinking back at teams and players

from the past. Lawrence "Larry" Taylor was a 1953 Warrior graduate.

While Larry was also a good baseball player, he was best known as an

outstanding basketball player. Larry started out playing lightweight

basketball since he was small when he started high school. In those

days there was no junior varsity or freshman teams, only lightweights

and varsity.

There were age, height, and weight limits for playing on this team.

From the very start Larry proved to be an outstanding shooter. After

two seasons with the lightweight squad he had grown into a very good

varsity player. In his senior year he helped lead the Warriors to the

Humboldt-Del Norte league championship. This was the first Warrior

varsity basketball championship in modern times. Larry was an all-

league selection on that team.

The team was coached by Tex Gatlin, who was in his second year as the Warrior head basketball coach.

After enrolling at Humboldt State in Arcata for a period of time,

Larry like many of us from that era, was drafted into the army.

While in the service he served in Alaska, where he played baseball for

a military team. While playing there he had the experience of playing a

baseball game at midnight without the use of lights.

After being released from the army he returned to Humboldt State where

he again joined the basketball and baseball teams. Larry helped the

Lumberjacks win the Far Western Conference basketball championship.

He also continued his career on the baseball field where he was the

starting first baseman and one of their leading hitters. Larry also

played for the Crescent City Merchants during the summer. I remember

him fondly since we were college roommate for a year.

He was also an excellent golfer and I learned early not to play him

with stakes on the line. After graduation from college Larry went to

work for General Motors where he worked until he retired. He and his

wife now live in Florida where they really enjoy retired life.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High

Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an

illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone

was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before

retiring.

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