Lou Spry, a longtime NCAA executive and the official scorer at the College World Series for more than three decades, was honored as the recipient of the 1977 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Award.
Spry joined the NCAA in 1966 to work on its publications, and later became director of research and publishing. In 1971 he became the event director of the College World Series and held that post for eight years. Spry served in a variety of roles with the national governing body, rising to associate executive director in charge of financial affairs. He retired in 1999.
Even then, the Nebraska native remained a fixture at the College World Series in Omaha. In 2010, he was honored with the Wilbur Snypp Award, presented annually by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for outstanding contributions to college baseball.
Named after the great Lefty Gomez, this annual award is presented to an individual who has distinguished himself among his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally and internationally. The Lefty Gomez Award is sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods.