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Larry Hawks played multiple positions in college, then as pro for three seasons; Briefly made AAA

Larry Hawks played multiple positions in college, at the University of Central Missouri. He played the outfield, catcher and even pitched, The Kansas City Star wrote in April 1990.

He liked catching the best, but he really just liked to play, he told The Star then.

"I like the diversity of it," Hawks told The Star of his efforts at different spots. "And I like to win, and to help us win I need to play a lot of places."

Hawks took his abilities from college, on to the pros. His pro career lasted three seasons. He topped out briefly at AAA.

Hawks' career began that year in 1990, taken by the Padres in the 33rd round of the draft out of Central Missouri.

Hawks' work at Central Missouri earned him induction to the school's Hall of Fame in 2021. He then still ranked among the school's all-time leader in pitching appearances, saves, triples and put outs. His ERA in 1990 of 0.89 remained a school record.

He started with the Padres at short-season Spokane. He played largely at catcher, but also saw two appearances on the mound and was credited at outfield and first base. He hit .214 in 31 games and got two pitching appearances.

For 1991, Hawks traveled. He saw Spokane and short-season Bend. He also saw single-A Waterloo and even got a game at AAA Las Vegas. He  went 2 for 4 at Las Vegas. Overall, he hit .241 in 83 games and pitched eight times. 

"Last season was an adventure," Hawks told The Waterloo Courier in early April 1992 as he prepared to return to Waterloo. "I definitely got my frequent flier miles in last year. With last year's confusion, I'm glad I'm back in Waterloo. Being here is a good situation for me because I'll get the chance to play several different positions."

Hawks, however, isn't credited as playing at Waterloo in 1992. He saw 29 games at single-A Charleston. He hit .168 to end his career.

Hawks later settled in Kansas. In 2022, he's listed as a coach with Advanced Fastpitch Academy in Stillwell.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,063
Made the Majors:1,348-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,715-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:548
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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