Springfield Remembers Lumpe

By Dan Lucy | dlucy@kolr10.com

Published 08/21 2014 09:07PM

Updated 08/25 2014 09:48PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Funeral services were held Thursday morning for a Southwest Missouri State Bear and professional baseball player.

Jerry Lumpe was beloved not only here in the Ozarks where he grew up, but also all around the country when he played in the major leagues. 

Lumpe died last Friday at the age of 81.

His services were at 1st and Calvary Presbyterian church.

Lumpe was on Southwest Missouri State's two NAIA national championship teams in the early 50's.

After serving his country in the Korean War, he joined the New York Yankees.

That was the start of a 12 year big league career that saw him play in two World Series with the Yankees, he also played for the Kansas City A's and the Detroit Tigers.

But he was always a Bear at heart.

"He was on the national championship teams in 1952 and 53 with the Bears.  And some of our most prized history and heritage," said retired MSU Athletic Director Bill Rowe.  "He was a very, very loyal fan.  He's one of those rare persons, that we've all heard it said, I never heard someone say a bad word about him.  That's Jerry Lumpe..."

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