Larry Hartshorn was born May 19, 1933 at Oil Hill, Kansas. His parents were Rupert A. and Delia M. Harthshorn. He grew up in El Dorado, Kansas and participated in sports in the surrounding area. He attended high school in El Dorado and graduated from El Dorado High School in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Emporia State University. He taught school and coached in Kansas for 33 years.
Larry married Judith Farber in 1966. They had two sons, Brock Allen and Neal Davey.
Larry began his baseball career as a Skelly PeeWee All-Star. He played on the American Legion team in El Dorado where they accumulated a 37-7 record. He played at Kansas State University lettering three years and ending with a .310 batting average. He also played on the El Dorado Rockets, Potwin Refinery semi-pro team. In the Army, Hartshorn played with the All-Star post team, Fort Knox, Kentucky, the All-Star Post Team, Camp Zarna, Japan and the Army All-Star East Team (coaches selection). In later years he coached youth baseball teams for 15 years and was the north Central Kansas State Peewee Secretary/Treasurer for 15 years.
Larry achieved recognition in other sports as n outstanding athlete. At El Dorado High School, he was All Ark Valley in football and basketball and All-State in football. At Kansas State University he was a 4-year letterman in football and All-Big Seven 2nd team. In the Army, he was named to the Army Times All-Army Football team. Larry played professional football for the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL, 1955 and 1957, and the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL, 1958.