Long-time Dodgers traveling secretary DeLury dies at 81

LOS ANGELES -- Billy DeLury, one of the few remaining links to the Dodgers' days in Brooklyn, died Saturday night. He was 81.

DeLury joined the Dodgers in 1950, the same year as broadcaster Vin Scully.

"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 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."

From office boy at the outset of his Dodgers career, DeLury sold advertising for Dodgers programs, then moved into the Minor League department under vice president Fresco Thompson before becoming assistant ticket manager and, for more than 20 years, the Dodgers' traveling secretary. His service with the Dodgers was continuous, save for his military duty from 1957-58. In recent years, he has served as an assistant to the broadcasters and to the traveling secretary.

DeLury received World Series rings for every championship in franchise history. He was with the club in Arizona this Spring Training, returning to California on Wednesday when the team broke camp.

"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," Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said. "His presence will be missed by all who knew him."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.