‘The Baron’

Larry Shenk inducted into Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame

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July 19th, 2018
Maris Grove community member Larry Shenk holds the plaque he received at his induction into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame this past May.

Maris Grove community member Larry Shenk holds the plaque he received at his induction into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame this past May.

Maris Grove’s Larry Shenk was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame on May 22. The honor is one of many Larry has received during his long career in baseball. 

Nicknamed “The Baron,” Larry put in nearly 50 years with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, spending 44 years at his dream job as the team’s public relations director.

He spent another eight years as the Phillies’ vice president of alumni relations before retiring.

Larry’s decades of locker-room interviews, spring training experiences, and relationships with players and staff provided grist for three books about the ball club.

If These Walls Could Talk, published in 2014, was his last. “I’m out of material,” says Larry, “and it’s a lot of work.”

‘Phillies Insider’

But he loves to write and he loves the Phillies, so he still talks baseball via the “Phillies Insider” blog and his Twitter account @ShenkLarry.

At Maris Grove, he facilitates a monthly discussion group with his neighbors called Sports Chatter.

Larry and his wife Julie moved to Maris Grove in 2014 from a large house in North Wilmington, Del.  “We had a lawn to care for and snow to remove,” he says.

Now Maris Grove handles those chores, and the Shenks’ doctors and dentist are right on campus.

“We’re at the right place,” Larry says.

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