GLEN PELTIER SPEAKS: Lary Faris Shuffleboard Superstar.
When I first started playing shuffleboard, Larry was writing a widely read
newspaper column called Shuffleboard Coach. *
Lary addressed the needs of both the amateurs and the pros but he followed
the pro circuit and wrote about our games. He covered the Masters every year.
I sought him out and we became very close friends. Lary played the classic
game. The scoreboard was his silent partner telling him what to do.
Lary wrote a column on Dick Whitaker and myself called THE BATTLE OF THE
BEST. Dick and I were at our peak. I sent the article North and as a result
many people got a better opinion of shuffleboard.
I asked Lary to write a column about his successful career. He said a man
talking about his own accomplishments is very boring. When I wrote my book I
asked Lary to write one page. He wrote about his mother taking him to the
courts as a 3 year old in Lakeside Ohio. It was a great human interest story.
Many years ago I was asked to be guest speaker at Sun City, FL. In the crowd
were Lary Faris and Dave Minnich. Dave asked if he could introduce me. I knew
I was with friends.
My biggest compliment ever was when Lary and I played a match together about
12 years ago. Lary played badly. When it was over he said that he was nervous
playing with me. Here he was, my idol, and he thought I was an icon.
Two weeks before the HOF banquet in January 2012 Lary drove to Clearwater and
bought two tickets to the banquet, knowing he would never attend. He wanted
to support the FSA and the HOF. It seems that when we leave shuffleboard we
are soon forgotten. We all say we owe more to shuffleboard than it owes us
but in Larry’s case, shuffleboard owes much more to him.
Glen Peltier, 2013 04 11
- Lary starting writing weekly articles in 1989. These articles were printed
in many Florida newspapers and Lary was known as the Shuffleboard Coach. He
continued writing until 2003, writing about 700 articles.
EARL BALL SPEAKS: Lary Faris began shuffling when he was three years old at
Lakeside, Ohio, where his family had a summer home. He is now in
his 75th year of shuffling. Needless to say he became one of the
games top players and was inducted into the National
Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in 1980, over 30 years ago. Since that
time he has also been inducted into the International, Florida
and Ohio Halls of Fame. No other male player has won more
National Championship, 15, than Lary. He got involved with
International Shuffleboard and had a perfect 11-0 record in
Yokohama, Japan in 1988. From that point on, besides playing and
writing, he became intricately involved with the scheduling of
games in International Tournaments.
Lary started writing weekly articles about “game situations” and
other shuffleboard topics in 1989. These articles were printed
in many Florida newspapers and Lary was known as the
Shuffleboard Coach. He continued writing for 14 years, until
2003, creating about 700 articles. Many of us as shuffleboard
players never had a chance to read the articles, but now we will
get that opportunity. I know we will enjoy each and every one of
I consider Lary the ultimate Professional at everything he does
and for all he has contributed to the game………Earl Ball.
LARY FARIS IS ONE OF THE BEST!!
LARY FARIS HAS SENT IN SOME OBSERVATIONS:
The Shuffler is pleased that Lary Faris has sent along some
personal observations. We decided to check our archives to see
when we first met Lary.
Stan Speaks: I first met Lary in 2002 at the ISA event in
Clearwater, FL. On that occasion I commented on his match against
Canadian Player John McIntosh. Here are my remarks from 2002:
“One particular match that caught my attention was between Lary
Farris and John McIntosh. Remember, at this point, John has not had
a loss. It was a cliff hanger to the end!! John described his
rationale as he was preparing to make his last shot.
“Larry was 7 points behind with the hammer in hand. His intention
was to get into the SEVEN for the last shot, IN ORDER TO TIE, or
take advantage of any mistake I may make. He didn’t make any!!
After my “St Petes” guard, Lary went on the board. I cleared; he
repeated. Lary’s final shot was a high 8 with room for me if I
didn’t roll too far after hitting him. My shot was slightly to the
right and cleared the board. Lary made an eight, even if it was
1/8th inch from the 7/8 line. I had just lost the match by 1
point.” John McIntosh. Nov 16th, 2002.
Lary Faris – Player HOF REMARKS:
Lary Faris played his first game of shuffleboard in 1936 at Lakeside, Ohio. He was three
and a half years old and beat his mother, who gave him 5 points for getting to the first
lag line, and 10 for the second. He entered his first tournament when he was five and
won his first junior tournament at 11 and first adult tournament at 15. He first played in
Florida in 1969, winning the consolation in the National Singles at St. Pete. He became
an instant pro by placing 4th at Gulf port in 1974, with partner Howard Hawkins. He
began playing regularly in Florida winter tournaments in the 1990-91 season and
reached 200 points in November 2000, placing 3rd in the National at Bradenton.
For 13 years Lary has written a weekly column called “Shuffleboard Coach” that has
helped many Florida shuffleboard players improve their games and become better players. Many await its publication each Tuesday in several Florida Newspapers.
When asked about his top achievements, Lary highlights his 14 National championships
(a record number) and his five singles firsts in Florida. He says winning the St. Pete
singles two times in a row (1995 & 1996) and going undefeated in the International in
Japan in 1988 are his top playing performances. He is proud of being a member of four
major shuffleboard Halls of Fame: Ohio, National, International, and now Florida.
When asked what comment he’d like included here, he said, “Be sure to thank all my
partners. I’d be nowhere without them.