Brad Pye, Jr., a trailblazing sports writer and broadcaster, passed away July 5, at his home in Los Angeles. Pye, who was recognized throughout the nation for his pioneering efforts on behalf of African American athletes, suffered from various health issues that contributed to his death at the age of 91.
Great sports writer Brad Pye Jr passed away yesterday he was 91. For 30 years he was Sports Editor for L.A. Sentinel. Many years ago I produced a show and Brad was my host. He was a class act. RIP Mr. Pye
— Randy Rosenbloom (@RandyRosenbloom) July 6, 2020
Pye attained many “firsts” during his long career. His achievements include being the first recognized African American sportswriter in Southern California, the first Black administrator for the NFL Commissioner and the first African American public relations and scout for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers.
Also, he served nearly 30 years as the sports editor for the Los Angeles Sentinel. In this capacity, the newspaper won top awards from the National Newspaper Publishers Association for 10 consecutive years. In addition, Pye led the effort in the 1960s for African American journalists to be admitted to the press areas of professional sports teams.
According to his family, a celebration of his life is pending.