Buccaneer baseball to recognize MVP with Leroy Dreyer MVP Diamond Award
The past meets the present for the Blinn College baseball program.
Beginning this season, the Blinn College baseball team will present its most valuable player the Leroy Dreyer MVP Diamond Award, commemorating the legacy of the man who served as a Blinn coach and athletic director for more than 35 years.
“This is an opportunity for Blinn College to recognize coach Dreyer for everything he has done for the school,” said current athletic director Scott Schumacher.
Dreyer started at Blinn College in the fall of 1958 and coached baseball, football, basketball and was also the athletic director during his tenure at the school. Dreyer coached the baseball team to the JUCO World Series five times and coached 52 players who signed professional contracts, including four who played in the major leagues.
Dreyer was elected in the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991 and Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
“We are what we are now because of what Leroy was able to make this place,” said current Blinn baseball coach Harvey McIntyre. “Baseball has a great reputation and that started because of him.”
After retiring in 1995, Dreyer worked as a scout for nine years with the San Diego Padres and three years with the New York Mets.
“I love Blinn College and I still hold it in high esteem,” Dreyer said. “This is where we wanted to raise our children.”
Each season’s award winner will be determined by the coaching staff.
The Buccaneers placed fifth at the JUCO World Series last season. They host Baton Rouge Community College at Baytown Sterling High School at 3 p.m. Friday.
For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
(Story & photo courtesy: Jake Gordon, Blinn Information)