We Tell You Just A Little About Lary Faris.

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.


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.

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6 Responses to We Tell You Just A Little About Lary Faris.

  1. debsturat says:

    Wow — so impressive! I , and maybe others, would like to read those articles of his….anyone know how they can be accessed? Such articles should be archived somewhere — would be a shame to lose this history and knowledge from such an accomplished player.


    • stanistheman says:

      I totally AGREE Deb!! To begin, I would think the FSA Historian would contact the newspaper in which the articles were published. You might make this request to the FSA President. Dave Kudro.

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  2. Bob Jones says:

    Thank you for the articles about Lary. He was a great friend to my father and a great mentor to me. He was always honest and encouraging. He had the unique skill of delivering difficult truths in a way that led to improvement, not defensive division.

    When I was a teenager in the 1970’s and 1980’s, he spent many hours practicing the end game with me. He would randomly assign each of us a score from 55-74 and we would play it out with an after action review after each “game.” Sometimes he would dictate each of our first shots to create difficult situations that might arise against certain competitors, or simply to experiment with a new strategy.

    As much as I wanted to “talk shuffleboard” with Lary, he was usually more interested in my career plans, school work, and running. He was the rare adult that could engage me and get me to talk, because he clearly cared and had useful insight. He was a master at asking me to explain the five why’s behind my thoughts and decisions. He was more interested in the preparation and the training than the results, because he knew that good grades and winning races came from the preparation. These were not superficial conversations; he wanted detailed minute by minute descriptions of how I studied and trained and how I determined if I benefited or not. He offered advice about dealing with challenging teachers and coaches, drawing parallels to his experience in the business world.

    In 1992, Sandy and I were walking the streets of Lakeside, a couple months before our wedding, when we crossed paths with Lary. I excitedly stopped, thrilled to introduce Sandy to the greatest shuffler in the world. Of course, my dad had filled Lary in on Sandy’s background, so he started asking about her childhood in Greece and Ethiopia and was curious about both of our thoughts on managed health care and HMO’s which were making headway at the time. And then he launched into a beautiful soliloquy of how tournament shuffleboard mirrors life and how he was happy Sandy was soon to be a part of the shuffleboard family. Perhaps her eyes rolled just a little.

    As is often the case with young shufflers, I chose to not play many tournaments in the early years of marriage, children, and career. In 2013, I finally accrued enough vacation time to play the Lakeside Nationals without interfering with priorities. Lary and my dad were in the stands watching my every shot. Lary was there to encourage and coach and tell me that the classic game I learned was still a winning method. He reminded me of the few times I beat him in club and state tournaments and to use those memories for confidence (of course I never beat Lary in a National). I lost to eventual winner Mel Erb in the semi-finals and finished 3rd. Lary immediately went into after action review mode with advice to prepare for 2014. Slow down. Keep body and mind balanced. Be patient – Don’t rush into high risk situations. Let the opponent make the first mistake. Be aggressive when the risk-benefit is on your side.

    For the 2014 Lakeside Nationals, Lary’s health limited his time at the courts, but he was there for my rematch with Mel in the quarter-finals and the start of the finals when he “shot the ceremonial first disc.” As I shot the championship winning hammer, my mind was full of memories and gratitude for Lary.

    Finally, in 2015, I returned home from winning the World Singles in Clearwater to a big hug and tears of joy from Sandy. As soon as the hugging was done, she walked me to the answering machine with a big smile on her face saying you must hear this message and call him back immediately. It was Lary offering congratulations. I called him back and we talked for more than an hour. We did some reminiscing, but as always, he wanted to review every court, every game, every shot and talk about lessons learned and improving more.

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  3. Joan McCurdy says:

    I have read a few of Mr. Faris’s articles and always wished I had the honour to meet him.

    Liked by 1 person

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