Larry has seen a lot in his time at The Daily Mail

September 02, 2007|By TONY MULIERI

When the new Herald-Mail rolls off the press for the first time on Monday, Oct. 1, the combined edition of both The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail will offer readers the best of both papers.

It will be like a new baby being born. That's always exciting.

But with that in mind, there also will be a little bit of nostalgia in the newsroom.

In essence, the new Herald-Mail also will mark the end of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail newspapers as we know them.

Having worked on The Daily Mail for a number of years now, it has become like a favorite uncle I once knew. When he eventually passed away, I always had good memories of him. That's how I'll feel about The Daily Mail.

There have been many of us who have worked on The Mail for several years, but none more than Larry Yanos, who until recently had been the sports editor of The Daily Mail for more than 40 years.


Larry recently was moved over to help with the Herald sports department as it gets ready for the merger, but for four decades, he staffed the sports pages for the afternoon paper.

Larry started at The Herald-Mail in 1965 and became sports editor of The Mail two years later. He was thought to be one of the youngest sports editors in the state at 22 years old.

I looked up some things that occurred in 1965.

Larry would remember:

· Monday, Jan. 4 - President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his "Great Society" during his State of the Union address.

· Monday, March 8 - 3,500 Marines arrive in South Vietnam, becoming the first American combat troops in Vietnam.

· Monday, April 13 - Willie Mays becomes the fifth member of the 500 home run club with a home run at the Astrodome in Houston.

· Thursday, Sept. 28 - The 630-foot Gateway Arch is completed in St. Louis.

· Friday, Dec. 10 - The Grateful Dead play their first concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

And Larry was at the helm for many memorable sporting events over the years.

In 1966, the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers with the help of Frank Robinson, whom the Birds got in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds. Robinson was called "an old 30" at the time.

The Orioles won it again in 1970, when third baseman Brooks Robinson showed the Big Red Machine that he was "The Human Vacuum Cleaner."

In 1983, the O's took the World Series one more time with the help of a young Cal Ripken, who wasn't even thinking about "The Streak" at the time.

Larry saw our beloved Baltimore Colts slip out of town in the dark of night when Robert Irsay moved the franchise to Indianapolis on March 29, 1984. A sad day in area sports.

Larry also has kept track of many local athletes and has written many profiles over the years, heralding their accomplishments.

But when you think of Larry Yanos, thoroughbred racing at Charles Town Races immediately comes to mind. Larry has been covering horse racing for The Herald-Mail for all of these years, and probably is the most knowledgeable person on the subject in the area. You can bet on it.

Larry also has been the biggest promoter of bowling in Hagerstown, and always has held youth sports in high regard, running team championship photos whenever asked.

To put it bluntly, Larry has been the person who people called to get things published on The Daily Mail sports pages all of these years.

And we salute him at The Herald-Mail.

Tony Mulieri is managing editor of The Daily Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 7647, or by e-mail at

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