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Bob Barry Sr., 'Voice Of the Sooners,' Dies at 80

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oklahoma Sooners have lost one of the greatest voices in the history of their program. Longtime announcer Bob Barry Sr. passed away on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

Barry served as the play-by-play announcer for Oklahoma from 1961-1972, and then from 1991-2010 before retiring as Oklahoma's football and basketball play-by-play man in the spring. According to Barry at the time, he retired for apparent health reasons, feeling he  couldn't perform in the way countless fans had come to expect. Barry spent 50 years as a broadcaster; he called games for Oklahoma State as well as Tulsa in between his stints at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops knows that Barry's family, as well as the entire state of Oklahoma, lost a great man. "I know this is a difficult time for them, but hope they can find comfort in a life well-lived and the love of countless fans all over the country," Stoops said.

Berry's first broadcasting job came in 1956 as a disk jockey, sportscaster, and salesman at a radio station at Norman High School in Oklahoma. Then Oklahoma Head Coach Bud Wilkinson's son played at Norman High, Barry was asked to try out for the Oklahoma play-by-play job by Wilkinson. The rest, as they say, was history.

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