'Yogi' O'Reilly Passed Away January 18th

Posted by Gary Paukert on Jan 22 2021 at 05:52PM PST in May 2019

Dear League,

Those who knew him will be especially grieved to hear that Yogi (Laurence) O’Reilly passed away Monday at the age of 82.

Yogi played in our league in 12 different years, 2004 and 2009-2019. His obituary mentioned his love for ball in this way:

“A crafty southpaw pitcher, it was his extraordinary batting average that earned him his nickname. From pitching in the Pony League Western Championships in 1951, to hitting a home run and catching the final out to win the Masters Slowpitch league championships at the age of 80 – baseball was a lifelong obsession.”

The full obituary can be read here:

Please keep Yogi’s wife Velma and the rest of his family in your thoughts and prayers. As per usual this year there is no service planned until large gatherings are allowed.


Gary Paukert
CSMS League Communications


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