05/20/2016 1:50PM

Larry Weinbaum, sportswriter and public handicapper, dies at 64

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Larry Weinbaum, a retired sportswriter and handicapper for several Southern California newspapers, died on Wednesday after a lengthy illness related to complications of a stroke, according to a close friend, the public handicapper Bob Ike.

Weinbaum was 64.

A native of New York, Weinbaum lived in Southern California for much of his adult life. He earned a master’s degree in journalism at San Diego State and later worked for newspapers in Vista and Escondido in San Diego County, Ike said. Weinbaum wrote about the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball and the San Diego Clippers of the NBA before the team moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s.

An avid racing fan, Weinbaum became a public handicapper for the San Diego Union-Tribune and Orange County Register.

No services were planned as of Thursday. Weinbaum is survived by a sister, Linda.