LIVERMORE -- A familiar presence will be missing from the scorer's table at East Bay high school basketball games.
Little more than a year after a devastating collision with a bicyclist left him in a hospital bed, legendary Livermore High scorekeeper and East Bay prep sports historian Peder Andersen died Sunday. He was 91.
According to his wife Margaret, he never recovered from the injuries he suffered in the Dec. 5, 2012 accident. While crossing Palm Avenue in Livermore, he was struck by a 71-year-old cyclist, suffering multiple fractures to his face, neck and hands.
Police didn't charge the cyclist, determining both men to be partly at-fault. Andersen never regained the ability to walk or eat solid food, Margaret Andersen said. After his release from the hospital, he remained bedridden at Pleasanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center .
"He was always trying to help somebody else," his wife said. "He enjoyed his sports."
Peers remember Andersen as a stalwart on the Livermore High sidelines, a tireless contributor to the East Bay Athletic League, a name he coined.
Steve Goodman, a former Livermore basketball announcer and co-president of Livermore-Granada Boosters, called Andersen's work for local sports "invaluable." The club inducted Andersen in its first Livermore Sports Hall of Fame class in 2009.
"The commitment he had, to not just Livermore, but the entire league, was phenomenal," Goodman said. "He was a wealth of information; without question, no one else even comes close."
Born in Denmark in 1922, Andersen moved to the U.S. as a child. He played sports at Amador Valley High in Pleasanton, and served in the Army in World War II. A farmer, carpenter, and builder, Andersen -- on a whim -- began keeping score at Livermore High games in 1952. Sacrificing his evenings, he became a fixture at the scorer's table, tallying 3,513 games over the next 60 years.
"It was a nice place to go on a Friday night," Andersen told the Times in January.
Armed with a photographic memory, Andersen logged statistics by hand and typed them up at home. He pored over newspapers and called coaches to compile stats for the entire EBAL, becoming the league's record keeper for baseball and football too.
Even in opposing gyms, Andersen was well-known among coaches, referees, players and parents. Livermore High assistant varsity coach Steve Orth, who traveled with him to away games and state playoffs, admired his dedication and "old-school work ethic."
"Everywhere we would go, no matter what level it was, people would come up and say 'Hi.' He got a kick out of it," Orth said. "We're all sad about it ... He's just one of those guys who's going to be missed."
A public celebration of his life will be held at a later date, Margaret Andersen said, adding there are no plans yet for her husband's archive of athletic records.
"I just want them to go to someplace where they can be put on a computer and benefit everyone," she said. "They need to be preserved."
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