We use the term Jack-of-all-Trades many times in life when speaking of someone who displays talents in many areas. And so, the term “Jack-of-all-Sports” would be a fitting title for Steve Lardy, the 2013 inductee into the Kansas Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame.
Steve Lardy left St. Cloud, Minnesota twenty-eight years ago to live in Southeastern Kansas. He used his talents in his new locale to start a career in radio broadcasting. Mr. Lardy was the “Jack-of-all-Sports” as he did radio play-by-play for football, basketball, and baseball.
Shortly after arriving in Parsons, Kansas in 1985, Steve became involved in Babe Ruth Baseball. He coached local teams in the Bambino Division of Babe Ruth League (which is currenttly call the Cal Ripken Division) and managed several of these teams at state and regional tournaments.
Mr. Lardy also spent many years umpiring in the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Divisions. He organized umpiring crews for district and state tournaments and was a leader and mentor to many young and aspiring umpires over the years. His most recent assignment was as umpire-in-chief for the 2012 twelve year old 60’ divison state tournament in Altamont.
Steve also held many leadership positions on the Parsons Babe Ruth Baseball League board. He was always “professional” in all he did and “kept the kids in mind” at all times.
Retirement is calling Mr. Lardy and he has opted to hand up the mask and vacate the broadcasting booth and retire. Steve and his wife, Jeannie currently reside in Altamont, but plan to make Florida their retirement home. They have one daughter, Gina Burnett and a six-year-odl granddaughter.
Sportscasting and especially Babe Ruth Baseball in Southeast Kansas will miss a great community asset and a great person. But Steve’s impact on the community will remain.
The Kansas Babe Ruth Hall of Fame is reserved for individuals who display great personal strength, honesty, integrity, tireless devotion, enthusiasm, a love for the game, adn put the interest of others first. For these reasons, it is with great pride and pleasure that Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues awards the coveted Kansas Babe Ruth Hall of Fame Award to one of its own. Honoring men and women for their service in the Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues; the Kansas Babe Ruth Hall of Fame now includes the name of Steve Lardy.