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Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:23 AM

Longtime HS sports statistician Maury Salinger dies at 75

It is with sadness that we learned that Maury Salinger recently passed away on May 5, 2020 following a sudden illness. He was born on January 8, 1945 in Laredo, Texas. Salinger was a vital part of the Texas Sports Writers Association.

Salinger was a longtime Houston-area sportswriter and high school sports statistician. He was 75.

Maury was raised in Wharton and graduated from Wharton High School with the class of 1964. He was an avid sports fan. He operated a statistics firm where he compiled stats from all high school sports throughout the state.

Maury was employed by the Houston Astros baseball team as the official scorekeeper in the 80’s, during which time he also held jobs as a sportswriter for the Wharton Journal and Wharton Sentinel newspapers. Maury began his career as the sports manager and broadcaster for Wharton’s KANI 1500 radio station.

Maury won the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Texas Sportswriter of the Year award in 1980 and served as the Press Coordinator for the THSCA’s Annual Coaching School for over three decades.

Maury was inducted into the Greater Houston Area’s High School Football Hall of Fame in 2019 as the recipient of the John Kelley Distinguished Service Award.

Graveside services were held in Wharton. Salinger was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters and is survived by a nephew and a cousin.