Everyone knows “The Hick from French Lick”, but not everyone knows what that really means. Born in the tiny town of French Lick, Indiana, Larry Bird was the fourth of six children. His parents worked multiple jobs just to make ends meet. Eventually, the stress ended his parent’s marriage.
Bird used basketball as a way to get away from the troubles at home and has said that being poor as a child motivated him to succeed. While his height was a natural gift, his game was a result of hard work. Work that earned him a scholarship to Indiana State University.