Larry Shenk

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Larry Shenk was head of public relations for the Philadelphia Phillies for an incredible 44 years. A former Wilmington News Journal sportswriter, he has written
several books on Phillies history and remains active as the team’s vice president for alumni relations. A graduate of Myerstown (Pa.) High School, he came to Delaware in 1962 to join the News Journal
after graduating from Millersville (Pa.) State College and covered high school, college, club, and amateur sports. A year later, he was hired by the Phillies and was the youngest public relations
director in major league baseball. In over four decades with the Phillies, he dealt with countless demands, deadlines, controversies, moves into two new ballparks, pennant races, and an enormous
expansion in the position’s demands. He and his family were active in Delaware civic life and his wife, Julie, served on the Brandywine School Board and the DSSAA Board of Directors. Since his
retirement as vice president for public relations, he has remained with the Phillies as director of the team’s relations with its former players. In 2014, he published If These Walls Could Talk, a
memoir of stories from the Phillies dugout, locker room, and press box. He previously wrote The Fightin’ Phillies and This Date in Phillies History. In 1983, he became the third winner of the Bob
Fishel Award, which honors a Major League Baseball front-office employee for professionalism, ethics, character, dedication, and humanitarianism. The winners are commemorated on a plaque at the
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association has honored him with its Good Guy Award
(1995) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2008).



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