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Dodgers Mourn The Passing Of Billy DeLury

 


Billy DeLury, a Dodger employee since 1950, passed away Saturday evening at the age of 81.

“Billy’s consistent dedication and outstanding character were both an inspiration in our front office as well as a daily reminder of our roots in Brooklyn,” Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten said. “His presence will be missed by all who knew him.”

“I was privileged to know Bill DeLury for more than 60 years from the time he was an office boy in Brooklyn and rose to become a most valuable member of the organization as our traveling secretary,” said Vin Scully.

“A Dodger from head to toe. A respected baseball man. And a deeply religious husband and father. Anyone and everyone in baseball who knew Bill will mourn his passing and he will be truly missed.”

DeLury was the Dodgers’ traveling secretary when current Observer editor Mitch Chorkoff covered some Dodger trips nearly 50 years ago for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

“I was new to the newspaper profession and Billy made sure I didn’t miss a bus or plane wherever we went,” recalls Chortkoff.

“He was a very caring man and I’m so grateful that I knew him.”

 

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