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Local sports legend Leroy Dreyer has passed away at age 90

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 12:12:39-05

Leroy Dreyer, the former head baseball coach at Blinn College and namesake of Leroy Dreyer Field at the Blinn College-Brenham Campus, passed away Saturday, according to family.

Dreyer's granddaughter told 25 News the sports legend died at the age of 90 after a longtime illness.

Leroy Dreyer served as the head baseball coach at Blinn College for 27 years from 1959-86, according to the American Baseball Coaches Association.

There, he led five teams to the NJCAA World Series, including four consecutive appearances in 1962-65 and 1968.

Dreyer was inducted into the ABCA in 2017.

The 12-time Texas Junior College Coach of the Year coached 23 NJCAA All-Americans, while 52 of his former players signed pro contracts, five of whom reached the Major Leagues, according to the ABCA.

Dreyer began his coaching career at Blinn as an assistant football coach and head basketball coach.

In 1959, after becoming both the head baseball and football coach, he was named Athletic Director, a position he held until 1994.

"During his tenure as Athletic Director, Dreyer developed Blinn into one of the top NJCAA athletic programs in the nation," his biography with the ABCA said.

Leroy Dreyer Field, home to the Blinn Bucaneers, was dedicated in Dreyer's honor in 1986. His number, 34, was also retired by the school.

In 2015, Blinn College started the Leroy Dreyer MVP Diamond Award to be given annually to the most valuable player of the Blinn baseball team.