2005 Marc H. Blau Meritorious Service Award
The Spry Family
Steve Spry, Brad Spry, Louis Spry, and Gordon Spry.
The Marc Blau Meritorious Service Award goes not to one individual, but to a family of men who invested themselves deeply into the game of baseball, both locally and across the country.
The patriarch of the family is Louis Spry, a 1953 graduate of Clover Park High School who later attended both Pacific Lutheran College and College of Puget Sound.
His baseball accomplishments are numerous, though other than 15 years as a baseball and softball umpire they came not on the field but as an official scorer and administrator.
Spry got his start as an official scorer early in life, handling the job for his school's baseball team while still a student at Clover Park. He scored Tacoma City Baseball League games from 1953-58, and did the same for the NAIA Baseball Championships in 1963-64. That was a precursor to a bigger stage as he has handled official scoring duties at the College World Series (CWS) from 1981-2004. During that time he has done 321 games, or 40 percent, of all College World Series games ever played. Spry was an official scorer for Amarillo of the Texas League games in the mid 1960s and for the American League in Kansas City Royals contests from 1999-2001. He is still an official scorer in the Northern League.
But there's more. He was CWS media coordinator from 1967-71 and CWS tournament manager from 1972-79. He directed NCAA baseball regionals from 1992-2004, and still conducts official scorer clinics for various baseball organizations.
He received the Lefty Gomez Award in 1977 "for outstanding contributions and distinguished service to college baseball," and the Dutch Fehring Award of Merit in 1984 "in recognition of outstanding contributions to amateur baseball in the United States of America." He was elected to the Amateur Baseball Umpires Association Hall of Fame in 2000 �in recognition of outstanding accomplishments, relentless dedication and many years of service in amateur baseball umpiring.�
Gordon Spry graduated from Stadium High School in 1973 and went back to school to earn a degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 2001.
Gordon was a baseball and softball umpire in the Western Washington Umpires Association from 1983-88, and in the Tualatin Hills Umpire Association in Beaverton, Ore., from 1988-92. He was the official scorer for the Tacoma Tigers baseball club from 1980-83, succeeding the late Ed Honeywell.
A 1978 graduate of Stadium High School, Brad Spry served as the official scorekeeper for the Class AAA Tacoma Tigers from 1988-90. He played local recreation league softball for 15 years, ranking a 1998 Magnolia Slowpitch League championship with Paxport Mills as a highlight.
Steve Spry graduated from Stadium High School in 1980 and from Bates Technical College in 1982. A jack-of-all-trades, Steve at various times held a number of positions with the Tacoma Tigers Baseball Club between 1980-94. While with Tacoma he served as public relations director and did sales and marketing work. From 1986-88 he held down did several jobs concurrently - official scorer and statistician and home team and visiting team clubhouse manager. In addition, he worked for the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park in 1992.