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September 12, 2013

Clary completes 50th year as a baseball/softball player

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Clary is a 1970 grad of Logansport. He played third base for coach Jim Turner for the Berries.

He said his teams then were good but not great. The IHSAA tournament started his freshman year and the Berries won three straight sectional titles to start that off. Not long after Clary graduated the Berries won 24 sectional titles in a 25-year span and their four state titles.

“We were the forerunners to that,” Clary said.

Clary said legendary Logan assistant Rich Wild was his biggest influence as a coach and player over the rest of his life in the sport. He said his long career in the sport can be attributed to his LHS coaches.

Clary said he tried out for Purdue’s baseball team his freshman year as a third baseman but did not make it. He said he wished he would have tried out as a pitcher because the team kept a lot more pitchers and he would have had a better chance of making the team.

He ended up playing intramural ball at Purdue where he was an “intramural king.”

His senior year his intramural team won the dorm title and finished second in the campus.

Clary came back to Logansport after graduation and taught at LHS for 10 years.

He then took a job as a data processor at TM Morris in 1985. He said at it’s peak TM Morris had 900 employees between three plants before the company was purchased in 2006.

When the company was sold to Kauffman Engineering, he said his office was scaled back from 45-50 employees to 10 or less.

He said the writing was on the wall, so he decided to return to teaching. This is his sixth year back as a teacher at LHS where he teaches geometry. He also teaches one class at Ivy Tech.

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