14 Aug 2011

Catholic High Mourns the Loss of Grizzly Great Malcolm Landry íî48

Malcolm Landry, a 1948 graduate of Catholic High and a Grizzly Great, died on Friday, August 12.

While a student at Catholic High, Landry played basketball and baseball and was a cheerleader during football season. 

At the varsity level, he lettered four years in basketball and baseball and made All-City in basketball in 1947 and All-City and All-State in baseball.  He was a forward in basketball and pitched, played first base and outfield in baseball. 

After graduating CHS, Landry played baseball for LSU for a year and a half.  He became one of the first baseball íÍBonus Babiesíñ when he signed an $18,000 bonus with the New York Giants and was assigned to one of their farm clubs.  Military service called and Landry spent the next two years in the service. 

When Landry returned from active duty, the Giants assigned him to Minneapolis, a triple A farm club, with the agreement that he would join the parent major league club within a year.  However, a severe back injury ended his aspirations to pitch in the major league. 

Landry returned to Baton Rouge, worked for BREC and was active in his church parish, Sacred Heart, his community and his alma mater.  He served as president of the Catholic High Mení´s Club and in 1980, Landry was inducted into the Grizzly Great Athletic Hall of Fame. 

He is remembered as a man who was dedicated to the good of others; a man who lived by his word and embodied Christian leadership; a man who loved Catholic High School.

He is survived by his wife, Koota  Oí´Banion Landry.