Larry Rask

Larry Rask was born in Tacoma on Jan. 31, 1925 and graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 1943. While at Bellarmine he earned a total of 10 varsity letters in baseball, football and basketball. A pitcher, Rask earned all-city honors one year. Among his top games was a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts against Eatonville, in addition to victories over Stadium, Lincoln and O'Dea high schools. He also played football at Bellarmine and was an all-city honoree on two occasions, and in 1991 nearly 50 years later he was inducted into the Bellarmine Hall of Athletic Fame.

After graduating from Bellarmine, Rask served in the U.S. Nave for four years before returning to Tacoma. He also returned to baseball, playing for K Street and Madigan in the City League, winning the league title with Madigan. Rask then left baseball behind and turned to fastpitch, playing for Berg's Tavern in the early 1950s and then with Spotlight Tavern.

Rask organized the West End Athletic Association for youths and coached Little League, senior league football and basketball from 1955-62. He also assisted with a Connie Mack baseball team from Bremerton that played in the state tournament in Redmond.

Rask worked for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone for 36 years before retiring. In 1992 he started the "Sports Card for Kids" program that donated four million cards, most of them baseball, to youth groups and charitable organizations. His program was featured on television and Rask was nominated for the Seattle P-I's Jefferson Award. His ongoing project is searching for lost ball of all kinds at fields and courts around his home in Bellevue and donating them to senior centers and other organizations. He has sent more than 300 baseballs to U.S. military troops stationed in Iraq.