Edwin "Eddie" Dyer was a three-sport athlete at Rice University where he was captain of the football and baseball teams his senior year and holder of the 1921 Southwest Conference long-jump record. After graduation, he joined the St. Louis Cardinals, signing a contract for the unheard-of bonus of $5,000. After six seasons as pitcher, Dyer became the Cardinals' top developer of talent and one of the most successful coaches in minor-league baseball. As a reward, Dyer was asked to manage the 1946 Cardinals, who went on to win the World Series. Dyer's career record (1946-1950) as a manager for the Cardinals was 446-325. After retiring from coaching, Dyer sponsored one of Houston's first Little League teams and took part in bringing National League baseball to his hometown. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1966.