Amateur sports historian Bud Dyer dies at 70
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Braven ``Bud″ Dyer Jr., who created a nationally recognized awards program for Southern California amateur athletes, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 70.
After World War II, in which Dyer was an aerial gunner in the Navy, he joined forces with Bill Schroeder and the Helms Athletic Foundation to record and honor the achievements of Southern California athletes.
From 1950 to 1970, Dyer and Schroeder worked closely with the sports organizations in Southern California to create an awards program and build a collection of sports books and memorabilia.
The Helms Athletic Foundation later became the International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame, of which Dyer was president. The books and memorabilia collection and awards program are now important parts of the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles.
Dyer worked with prep sportswriters to honor the top athletes from the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section and Los Angeles City Sections.
``Buddy dedicated his life unselfishly to recognize the achievements of athletes, particularly those involved in prep sports,″ said Anita DeFrantz, AAF president and member of the International Olympic Committee.
``He worked untiringly to preserve for future generations the items which record and commemorate those achievements.″
Dyer retired from the AAF recently due to amyotropic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Memorial services were pending.