Clyde Stary

A veteran of the Korean War where he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three Battle Stars, the U.N. Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the Republic of Korea Unit Presidential Citation, Clyde Stary returned to the States to take part in the softball wars of Chicago. During these softball wars, Starry, an All Star shortstop and short center, and the Bobcats won Chicago Metropolitan Championships in 1967, 68, and 69. They were City of Chicago Softball Champions in 1966, 67, and 68. They placed second in the ASA National Championships in 1966, 67, and 68 and won the ASA Nationals in 1964, 1965, and 1969. Starry and the Bobcats also won seven City Softball Championships, including consecutive years in ‘66, ‘67, and ‘68. They also won Chicago Metropolitan Championship during those years. Besides the Bobcats, Clyde Starry also played with Bud’s Tavern, Colonial Lounge, Triner’s (Tigers) Lounge, Rocky Stars, Shakey Jakes, Gravers, and Sportsman’s Lounge. A graduate of Farragut High School where he played baseball, basketball, and football, Clyde Starry was playing professional baseball when his career was interrupted by the Korean War. Clyde worked at General Motors for 21 years and for the Village of Downers Grove for 12 years, retiring in 1994. He and his wife, Mary have two children, Mike and April.