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June 13, 2012Ed "Sipsey" Lary, a member of one of the area's most accomplished sporting families, who played football and baseball at the University of Alabama after a standout career at Tuscaloosa County High School, recently passed away at age 85. Lary, who died in Northport after suffering from Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease late in his life, was buried Tuesday at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park.
"He was one of the seven brothers who grew up on the farm in Northport," said Joe Lary III, Ed Lary's nephew.
All seven brothers - Joe Jr., James, Raymond, Ed, Al, Frank and Gene - participated in athletics at a high level. Frank Lary pitched twice in the Major League All-Star Game, and was joined by brothers Al and Gene in playing professional baseball. Al Lary was an All-American in football at Alabama, and both Frank and Al are members of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Ed Lary was joined by brothers Al and Frank in the backfield of the undefeated 1946 Tuscaloosa County High School football team, twice earning All-State recognition. He lettered in football and baseball at Alabama, where he played end opposite brother Al in 1950. The two brothers combined to catch five touchdown passes in a game against Southern Miss that year. Ed Lary also played in UA's first televised game in 1951, against Tennessee.
Ed Lary enlisted in the Navy while still in high school during World War II and returned to graduate and go to Alabama.
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