San Diego sports leader Bob Breitbard dies at 91 [Updated]
[Updated at 4:40 p.m.Breitbard died early Monday at an assisted living facility in Encinitas, said Alan Kidd, president of the San Diego Hall of Champions, a sports museum founded by Breitbard.
Breitbard's death was announced Monday by the San Diego Hall of Champions, a sports museum he founded. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported he died Sunday night. ]
"Bob is the patron saint of sports in San Diego," county Supervisor Ron Roberts told the Union-Tribune in 2004. "What he has done to help sports in San Diego, to help the kids and the fans enjoy sports all the more, puts him on a pedestal equal or higher than anyone."
Breitbard, born April 28, 1919, owned the San Diego Rockets from their first season in 1967-68 until he sold them in 1971. He also built the San Diego Sports Arena and owned the minor league San Diego Gulls hockey team.
A high school teammate and close friend of Ted Williams, Breitbard played football at San Diego State, graduating in 1941. He earned a master's degree in education from USC and returned to San Diego State in 1945 as a volunteer head football coach for the school's first postwar team after a three-year break.
Also in the 1940s he began an athletic foundation that honored San Diego County high school athletes.
-- Keith Thursby
Photo: Bob Breitbard. Credit: San Diego Hall of Champions