Sunday, October 30, 2011

DEVELOPING: Legendary Sooners Voice Bob Barry, Sr. Dies At 80

((HT: KFOR-TV Oklahoma City))

Former OU play-by-play legend Bob Barry, Sr. passed away at the age of 80. He was found inside his home in Norman after neighbors grew concerned that he had not picked up his morning newspaper. A cause of death is yet to be determined.

He was the voice of the Sooners from 1961 until 1972 and again from 1991 until he retired from the radio last spring. He also was a play-by-play announcer for the University of Tulsa basketball team and also announced football games for Oklahoma State University in between stints at OU.

OU President David L. Boren released this statement...

"Bob Barry represented the best of the Sooner spirit. With his contagious enthusiasm, he was one of the best sports broadcast journalists in the entire nation. He was loved by Oklahomans all across our entire state and will be missed by all of us."

And Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops released this statement...

“We send our condolences to Bob’s family and thank them for sharing him with us for so many years. I know this is a difficult time for them, but hope they can find comfort in a life well-lived and the love of countless fans all over the country.”

Here's a segment of the KFOR-TV program "Flashpoint" from March where the panel interviews Barry after his retirement and release of his latest book...

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