Mike Larson was a three-sport athlete at Waseca High School, graduating in 1983 with seven letters; two in football, three in basketball and two in baseball. Five times he was selected All-conference, once in football, twice in basketball and twice in baseball, and he was an All-State shortstop in baseball his senior year. Mike was a quarterback in football, a guard in basketball and a shortstop in baseball.
While in high school, Mike was a member of the National Honor Society and received the Waseca High school Scholar-Athlete Award for 1982-1983.
After high school, Mike attended the University of Wisconsin on a baseball scholarship. He was a four-year starter and in his senior season he received the team’s Most Improved Player Award as he batted .367 for the season. During that season, he was mentioned on ESPN for playing all nine positions in the same game, playing a different position each inning.
After finishing his collegiate career in 1987, Mike signed a professional baseball contract with the Minnesota Twins and played three seasons in the minor leagues before moving on to his current profession.
Since 1990, Mike has been a scout for Major League Baseball, scouting amateur players for the first 16 years and now scouting professional players.
Mike is involved with all USA National and Olympic teams that involve professional players from the USA. When these teams travel to events like the Olympics, the World Cup or the World Baseball Classic, Mike is with those teams doing advance scouting for them.
Some highlights of these experiences would be the Gold Medal won by the USA baseball team in the 2000 Olympics in Sidney, Australia and the bronze medal won by the USA baseball team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
During the 2008 Olympics, Mike had the honor of having his picture taken on the field with President George W. Bush.
Mike’s travels with baseball have taken him all over the world with stops that include Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China and Cuba.
Mike considers Cuba a highlight of his travels as not many people are allowed to go to Cuba. When a person steps off the plane, it is like stepping back in time as many things, such as automobiles, are pre-1960 models, just like they were in the days before Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in the late 1950’s.
Mike is now the director of Professional Baseball Scout School, a Major League Baseball program designed to teach people with the desire and aptitude how to be a professional baseball scout.
Mike joins his father, Tink, a charter member of the 2005 Hall of fame Class, as the first father- son combination in the Waseca High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mike’s family includes his wife, Brenda, and three children, Tara, Clint and Morgan.