Much is made of Vin Scully’s tenure with the Dodgers organization and deservedly so. He’s the unquestioned voice of the franchise and returns in 2015 for an unprecedented 66th season. Joining Scully in his dedication to the Dodgers was Bill DeLury, an employee since 1950, who sadly passed away Saturday night at the age of 81.
DeLury began his career with the Dodgers at the tender age of 17 and fresh out of high school. He worked with the team both in Brooklyn and their then-Spring Training home in Vero Beach. DeLury received his first World Series ring in 1995 and added five more to his collection in the years to follow.
“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,” Scully said in a statement released by the team.
“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.”
Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten also expressed his gratitude for DeLury’s contributions saying, “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. His presence will be missed by all who knew him.”
DeLury’s career path with the Dodgers included time spent selling advertising for Dodger programs, working as the assistant ticket manager and the Dodgers’ traveling secretary, which was a position he held for more than 20 years.