Bitzan lost his battle with brain cancer at age 59 in June of 2007. In 2014, he was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame after almost five decades of dedication to baseball in this area. Bitzan also played for the Urbank Goldtimers in the 35-and-older league, so honoring him this weekend in a game against Urbank was a natural fit.
“Since he got inducted into the Hall of Fame, we wanted to do something,” Millerville Miller’s coach/player Dan Schaffer said. “We wanted to get something up in the ballfield so people kind of knew how big of a part he was for baseball in this community. He was dedicated to baseball and loved the game. It is an appreciation for everything he did to get baseball going in Millerville.”
The game will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Millerville.
Money was donated for a plaque that will be put up at the ballfield, with Bitzan’s wife, Marilyn, and other family members, friends and former teammates expected to be there.
Free beverages, hot dogs and chips will be offered for those in attendance.
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