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Texas Irish American Leaders: Larry Miggins

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Larry Miggins was born of native Irish parents in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1925. He was valedictorian of his class at Fordham Prep in 1943. Miggins spent eight months at the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship before entering the New York State Maritime College, where he graduated as a licensed marine engineer with commissions in the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine.
After two trips in merchant service, Miggins returned to his love, baseball, in 1946. He spent the next eight and a half years playing throughout the country. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in 1947, and he played for them in 1952.
Miggins played for the Houston Buffs in 1949, settled there and quit baseball in 1954. Since then, he has earned a B.A. from St. Thomas University, Houston, and later an M.A. in Criminology from San Houston State. He is a published baseball author and was inducted into the Texas Baseball hall of Fame in 2003.
Larry joined the U.S. Probation and Parade staff in 1955, from which he took mandatory retirement in 1980, having spent 21 years as Chief of the second largest district in the country. Later, he spent ten years with the Houston Municipal Court System and then retired for good.
He married Kathleen McMahon, from Woodford, County Galway, in 1953. She had been the secretary to the Irish Consul in Chicago. They have raised twelve children and, to date, have 34 grandchildren.

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