Famed Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully is not the only Dodger employee who went to work for the team in 1950 and never left. Brooklyn native Billy DeLury, who died Saturday at 81, joined the team and stayed with the Dodgers continuously save for two years in the Army in 1957-58.
DeLury, hardly a Brooklyn or Los Angeles household name for all his Dodger blue hash-marks, held a series of jobs with the team, the most distinguished of which was as the team’s traveling secretary, a post he held for 20 years. Before and after this job he did such as sort mail, wash towels, sell tickets, and sell advertising in the team’s programs.
In recent years DeLury cut back on his workload, but still served as an assistant to the broadcasters and to the current traveling secretary.
“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. Scully called DeLury “a Dodger from head to toe.”
DeLury said his most prized possession is his World Series ring from the championship 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.