Red Foley Dies at 79; Scorer in 10 World Series
July 16, 2008
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Red Foley, who was an official scorer in major league baseball for almost four decades, working in more World Series, 10, than any other scorer in modern history, died Monday in Flushing, Queens. He was 79.
His death was announced by his family’s lawyer, Kevin Brosnahan.
Foley began working as an official scorer in 1966 and continued to do so until 2002, scoring more than 3,000 games. The 10 World Series in which he worked were from 1981 to 2001.
Largely unnoticed by fans, the scorer, appointed by the league, usually sits in the press box and determines, for example, whether a play is a hit or an error, a passed ball or a wild pitch.
Foley was a sports writer for The Daily News in New York for 34 years, retiring in 1981. He covered baseball almost exclusively from 1970 on, mainly the Mets. During those years, he had a question-and-answer column, “Ask Red,” which ran in The New York Post after he left The Daily News.
He served for many years as an officer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and was chairman of the New York chapter in 1969-70.