Larry Lester (born 1949) is a Negro Leagues baseball researcher, author, and lecturer. He co-founded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO and served as its director of research for a time. He is co-chair of SABR's Negro Leagues committee, and a member of the Negro Leagues Research Authors Group (NLRAG). He is founder and president of NoirTech Research, Inc., and co-chair of the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.
He was honored with the Henry Chadwick Award in 2016.
He has authored and co-authored several books about baseball, including the following:
- The Negro Leagues Book (co-edited with Dick Clark), Society for American Baseball Research, 1994
- Black Baseball In Chicago (with Dick Clark and Sammy J. Miller), Arcadia Publishing, 2000
- Black Baseball In Detroit (with Dick Clark and Sammy J. Miller), Arcadia Publishing, 2000
- Black Baseball In Kansas City (with Sammy J. Miller), Arcadia Publishing, 2000
- Black Baseball In Pittsburgh (with Sammy J. Miller), Arcadia Publishing, 2001
- Black Baseball's National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game, 1933-1953, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2002
- Baseball's First Colored World Series: The 1924 Meeting of the Hilldale Giants and Kansas City Monarchs, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2006
- Rube Foster in His Time: On the Field and in the Papers with Black Baseball's Greatest Visionary, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2012.