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Lou Spry, College World Series fixture, dies

Lou Spry (third from left) was recognized in 2012 by the T-Bones’ Frank White (from left), Chris Browne (general manger) and Adam Ehlert (president).
Lou Spry (third from left) was recognized in 2012 by the T-Bones’ Frank White (from left), Chris Browne (general manger) and Adam Ehlert (president).

Lou Spry, a former Overland Park resident who served as the official scorekeeper for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., for 31 years, died Tuesday in Beaubridge, La. He was 78.

Spry, who also was comptroller of the NCAA when the national organization was headquartered in Kansas, was the College World Series scorekeeper from 1981-2012.

Doug Tucker, a former Associated Press reporter in Kansas City and a friend of Spry and his wife Marilyn, wrote this about Spry:

Lou’s love of baseball and encyclopedic knowledge of the game stayed with him to the end. About two weeks before he died, Marilyn sat at his bedside while the patient he shared a room with, separated by a thin curtain, talked with a visitor.

Marilyn said they were quietly talking about baseball and Marilyn thought Lou was asleep. But he suddenly spoke up and said to no one in particular, “No, that’s not right.’

“I don’t know what exactly they had been saying,” Marilyn recalled. “But Lou corrected them.”

The visitor whipped out his smart phone to check Lou’s facts and a moment later announced to the room, “He’s right!”

Said Marilyn, “Lou never even opened his eyes. He just went back to sleep.”

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