Matthews, Larry "Pete"
Pete played American Legion Baseball with the Post #209 team for several years before joining the Army. He played with the Camp Gordon Team in Georgia prior to shipping out to Africa. There he played for the U.S. Army Team, managed by Zeke Bonora of the Chicago White Sox. Following his Army commitment, he returned to play for the Springfield Merchants and "Tiny" DiMenna's Lakemore Night Club. He joined the Canton Road Furniture Team for several years, leading them in several offensive categories. When Bob Simmons (1984 Hall of Famer) began to manage in the AA League, he recruited Pete who was one of his premiere performers. Pete stayed with Bob's teams, Redl Golf Shop and finally the Championship team Krispy Kremes until the end of his great career. All in all he played 17 years in the area and was a member of 10 championship teams and was selected to the AA League's All-Star Team on five occasions.