Gerry Fraley Biography
Gerry Fraley, who spent three decades covering baseball and other sports for The Dallas Morning News, died Saturday morning after a two-year fight with cancer, the newspaper confirmed. He was 64.
The Dallas Morning News lost one of our finest reporters this morning.
— SportsDayDFW (@SportsDayDFW) May 25, 2019
Gerry Fraley Education, Career
According to his Dallas Morning News bio page, Fraley, who earned a history degree from Carnegie Mellon University, wrote more than 8,000 stories for the newspaper over the course of his career.
Mr. Fraley was one of the game’s most respected baseball reporters for more than 35 years, most of the last 30 with the Dallas Morning News. He covered with the sport with a passion and intensity second to none. He was as thorough as any writer in the game as was evidenced in his numerous contacts with players, coaches, baseball executives and scouts, and umpires.
Gerry Fraley Family, Wife, Son
The Dallas Morning News reported Fraley is survived by his wife, Stephanie; two sons, Tyson and Sam; and two siblings, Brad and Tracey, as well as their families.
Gerry Fraley Cause of Death
Fraley, who died early Saturday morning at 64 after a two-year bout with cancer, was a loyal friend, bitter enemy, loving father and a “ballwriter’s ballwriter,” according to the consensus of nearly two dozen national colleagues.
He also covered football, basketball, NASCAR and various assignments over a career spanning four decades. Fraley’s versatility said his Dallas Morning News boss, Garry Leavell, “is what separated him from his peers.”
Only a month before his death, he wrote the lead on a Stars-Predators NHL playoff game despite his weakened condition and a tight deadline. Hit the button with a minute to spare, as was his custom.
Friends Tributes to Legends Gerry Fraley
We were always blessed every time you graced our press box. Thank you for your service to the DFW sports world throughout your work with the Dallas Morning News. You’ll always be remembered. Rest in peace, Gerry Fraley. https://t.co/CrrWL5Uqka
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 25, 2019
Gerry Fraley was the epitome of what journalism should be: Someone who asked hard questions, and was never tethered to the kind of quid pro relationships that bend and rot the truth. And man, was he funny. This is so sad. https://t.co/khIJq4cjbl
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 25, 2019
I love you, Gerry Fraley. Have from the moment we met in ‘79. You flashed that mischievous smile and we talked about a shared dream: covering baseball. Youve been a guiding light ever since, the consummate seamhead. I’ll miss you so very much, my friend, my brother. R.I.P. ?
— Claire Smith (@MzCSmith) May 25, 2019
Favorite @gfraley memory has nothing to do with baseball: 19 years ago, with my wife expecting twins, Gerry and his wife invited us to a Twins 101 dinner. Their toddler twins, Sam and Tyson, came tearin’ around the corner and, oh, boy. Today my twins graduate HS and I mourn.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) May 25, 2019
I was sitting with the great Gerry Fraley, gone now at 64, the night the Rangers beat the Yankees in the ALCS to advance to the Series. A-Rod was the last out, a strikeout. Gerry turned and said, “The Rangers always hoped Alex would put them in the World Series. He finally did.”
— Mike Lupica (@MikeLupica) May 25, 2019
How many guys who covered baseball had quotes from a former president and former commissioner in their obits? Tells you all you need to know about what we’ve lost with Gerry Fraley’s passing. https://t.co/4zTyVwQoQz
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 25, 2019
The last time I had beers with Gerry Fraley was at the legendary Kays Lounge in Houston before it shuttered its doors. He loved the joint, like most ballwriters. Now he’s sitting at the Texas shaped table in the sky. Sports writing has lost a great one.
— Eddie Sefko (@ESefko) May 25, 2019