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Ken Bitzan - Millerville Millers--


Ken started playing baseball for the Millerville Millers in 1961 at the age of thirteen. Ken continued to play baseball for over 45 years.  He played in high school, American Legion, town team and in an over 35 league. Although he was an outstanding player with 98 career homeruns, his biggest contributions to amateur baseball came off the field where he served as a league officer, vice president of the baseball association, a manager, an umpire, and helped with field maintenance and provided financial support for the Millerville Summer Recreation program.  Ken was passionate about small town baseball and believed that you won or lost with your own players.  Ken was a member of Seven Dolor’s Catholic Church, a fireman for 34 years, Fire Chief for two years.  Sadly, Ken became ill with a rare brain tumor and died in 2007. 


Ken Bitzan



Mark started playing town team baseball for the Dassel-Cokato Saints at the age of eighteen and became manager at the age of nineteen.  He is still managing today.  During his time as manager, his team has won over 500 games, 12 league championships, 8 region championships with 13 state tournament appearances.  Mark served as a North Star League officer and is currently a member of the State Amateur Baseball Board.  He helped in the building of the beautiful Dassel baseball field that hosted the 2005 State Tournament and the upcoming 2016 State Tournament.  Mark is very instrumental in keeping summer baseball alive and well in Dassel-Cokato with teams from pre school to high school.  He helps to organize teams, equipment, coaches, umpires, and schedules for the youth baseball teams. 


Mark Forsman

DAN HOEFS --Rochester

Dan played baseball for Gaylord High School, Worthington J.C. and the University of Minnesota Morris.  He taught at Arlington from 1979-1983, Hayfield from 1983-2000 and Rochester from 2000- 20014.  Dan was the head baseball and basketball coach at Hayfield and has been the head baseball coach at Rochester Mayo High School from 20006- present.  He has coached VFW baseball from 2009-present.  Dan played amateur baseball at Gaylord from 1973-1979 and Arlington from 1980-1991 and has been a part of three state championships.  He was the head coach of the Rochester Royals Amateur team from 2005-2010. He is active on the Royals baseball board. His efforts helped to make it possible to have a new scoreboard at Mayo High School.
Dan Hoefs


Al started playing organized baseball for Sebeka High School in 1950 as a freshman and he also played for the Nimrod town team at this time.  In 1953 Al played for Callaway, in 1954 he played for Perham, from 1955-1957 he played for New York Mills.  In 1958 and 1959 Al was in the Army and stationed in Stuttgart, Germany; he pitched for the Army team.  When he returned from the Army, he played for Perham from 1961-1977.  In 1985 Al returned to Senior baseball in Dent and played until 1997.  From 1997-2001 he played Senior baseball for Perham. He served as the honorary co-chair of the “Save the Ball Park” campaign in Perham which focused on grandstand replacement. Al is active in the Knights of Columbus and his church.  He is on the board of the St. James Manor, an elderly housing project.



AL Stigman