Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thanks to Larry Hermo, Linfield gets national attention from ABC-TV ‘Good Morning America’

(This posted 7/22/2016)

New York City.

Some people have never been there. Linfielder Larry Hermo, Class of 1959, has visited it eight times.

His eighth visit was in late June 2016, with his wife, Sharon; granddaughter, Megan Hermo, and Megan’s friend Santi Hart, both Milwaukie, Ore., High School students.

Back-to-back visit highlights for the four of them were Thursday, June 30, involving national television and the New York Yankees.

They got up early that Thursday morning and arrived at 5:30 at the ABC-TV “Good Morning America” outside set in New York’s Times Square. The show went on the air at 7 in the morning.

They were at the front of a crowd of people and appeared during the program’s national broadcast.

This photo, taken from the broadcast, shows Larry proudly wearing a Linfield shirt. Then, left to right, next to Larry, are Sharon, Santi and Megan, all are wearing New York Yankee shirts.

After they left the TV set, they made their way to Yankee Stadium to watch the Texas Rangers play the NY Yankees is a game which started at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. Yankees won, 2-1.

In his long tenure as head baseball coach at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Ore. one of Larry’s players was Linfielder Scott Brosius.

A member of Linfield Class of 2001, Brosius went on to play and star for Linfield, lettering in the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons.

After a Major League playing career with the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees, Brosius coached baseball at Linfield and, as head coach, led the Wildcats to the 2013 NCAAD3 national championship.

At Yankee Stadium, Larry saw Brosius play for the Yankees in the 2000 and 2001 World Series.

In a Series game played in 2001, Larry watched Brosius come to bat with a Yankee on base. Brosius hit a home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth. That tied the score. In the 11th inning, Brosius bunted to advance a runner and the Yankees won with a base hit.


-In January 1999, after Brosius was named MVP of the 1998 World Series, Putnam High honored Larry and Brosius with an open house. During it, uniform #1 (Larry) and #3 (Brosius) were retired. Jerseys #1 and #3 are on display in a Putnam showcase.

-An “ABC-TV Good Morning America” camera operator asked Larry about Linfield football. Larry responded with info about “The Streak.” The camera operator was “totally impressed,” said Larry.

-Megan is the daughter of Brad and Debra Hermo, son and daughter-in-law of the Hermos. Like Brosius, Brad played at Linfield for Coach Scott Carnahan. Brad lettered in the 1983-1984-1985 and 1986 seasons. Thus, Brad was a Linfield baseball teammate of Brosius for two seasons.

-Brosius’ last season playing Major League baseball was 2001.