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07/14/08 1:35 PM ET

Writer, official scorer Red Foley dies

Longtime baseball reporter kept score in 10 World Series

NEW YORK -- Red Foley, the most celebrated official scorer of his time in Major League Baseball, has died. He was 79.

Foley died Monday morning at Booth Memorial Hospital in Flushing, according to his family attorney, Kevin Brosnahan.

From 1981 to 2001, Foley was an official scorer in 10 World Series, more than any other scorer in modern history. That included the Series of 1985, 1987 and 1991, which did not involve New York teams.

Foley was a sports writer for the New York Daily News for 34 years before retiring in 1981. He began working as an official scorer in 1966 and continued to do so until 2002, scoring more than 3,000 games.

During his years at the Daily News, Foley covered the New York Rangers hockey team along with pro soccer, college football and some baseball. He covered baseball almost exclusively from 1970 on, principally the New York Mets. During those years, he had a question-and-answer column entitled "Ask Red" that ran in the New York Post for a couple of years after he left the Daily News.

He served for many years as an officer of the Baseball Writers Association and chaired the New York chapter in 1969-70.

Foley never married and is survived by a nephew and two nieces.

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