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Little League Mourns the Passing of Bob Bitterly

Bob Bitterly

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (May 1, 2005) – Little League International mourns the passing today of Bob Bitterly, a longtime Little League volunteer who also was the director of the Central Region of Little League based in Indianapolis, from 1993 until his retirement in 2001.

“Anyone who knew Bob was richer for it,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “From his volunteer work in Little League to the years he spent as an educator and school administrator, Bob dedicated himself to making life better for the children he served. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Linda and his family.”

In recognition for his longtime service to Little League, Mr. Bitterly was honored with a ceremony on Dec. 7, 2001, at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Baseball Leadership Training Center in Indianapolis.

“I served under Bob Bitterly both as a volunteer and later as the assistant director of the Central Region,” Steve Sorenson, the Central Region director who took that position after Mr. Bitterly’s retirement, said. “In all respects, he was as fine a person as you could hope to know.”

Before being named Central Region director, Mr. Bitterly served for many years as the volunteer Little League District Administrator for Iowa District 1. He was a long-time team manager in LeMars (Iowa) Little League, leading a team in 1972 to the Little League Central Region Tournament, then in Chicago.

Mr. Bitterly was an educator and later served as the assistant principal at the LeMars High School, before becoming the Central Region Director.

Funeral arrangements are pending.