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Prominent San Diego sports figure, Bob Brietbard, dies at 91

Bob Breitbard, a boyhood friend of baseball legend Ted Williams and the founder of the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, died Monday at the age of 91, the sports museum announced.

Breitbard established the Breitbard Athletic Foundation in 1946 to honor local athletes, and it became the Hall of Champions.

He was among the local businessmen who helped move the Chargers to San Diego, established the San Diego Padres as a major league franchise and started the Holiday Bowl.

Breitbard attended Hoover High School with Williams, and played football for the Cardinals and at San Diego State University. He returned to coach the Aztecs and help re-establish the football program after World War II.

Breitbard was the president of California Linen Supply, which laundered towels and bedding for the burgeoning local hotel industry.

He also served on the board of Sharp Hospital and the President’s Circle of the Salk Institute.

A cause of death was not announced. Funeral services are pending.