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Ex-Sportswriter Merle Heryford Dies

December 9, 1998

DALLAS (AP) _ Merle Heryford, a longtime baseball writer for The Dallas Morning News, has died. He was 87.

Heryford worked at The News for 29 years. He covered the Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs of the Texas League, then the Texas Rangers from the time they moved to Arlington for the 1972 season until his retirement in 1976.

``He was a great guy to learn the business from,″ said Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Randy Galloway, who worked alongside Heryford for five years. ``He was old school in that he never went snooping through the clubhouse looking for dirt. Instead, he thought the game and the play on the field told the whole story.″

Heryford died Sunday after a year of declining health. Services were planned for Wednesday.

In retirement, Heryford remained involved with the Rangers as an official scorer. He was a regular press box visitor until his health began to deteriorate.

Heryford was born Nov. 27, 1911 in Humboldt, Kan., and married Margaret Dull on Dec. 6, 1941. During World War II, he served as captain in the U.S. Army.

Heryford, whose wife died in 1980, died on what would have been their 57th anniversary.

He is survived by sons Steven Lee and Richard Allen; daughters-in-law Sherry and Laurie; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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