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Bruno Bitkowski (1929 - 1966)

1989 Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Bruno smiling at the camera Bruno Bitkowski was born in Windsor,Ontario on November 29, 1929 and passed away on February 10, 1966.

While at Assumption High School and Assumption College, Bitkowski became one of the most popular athletes this city ever produced, starring in football and basketball.

- 1947 - a Second Team All-City pick in WSSA Football.
- 1948 - a Second Team All-City selection in WSSA Football and Basketball.
- 1948 - selected by "High News" published in Toronto, to tackle position on the mythical All-Ontario football squad.
- 1950 - Assumption College, member of their Junior ORFU championship football team. He also played on the basketball team.
- Played 11 seasons with Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League, as offensive centre. . Received Rookie of the year Award in 1951. Received the Hiram Walker Trophy (MVP) in 1953. Played in two Grey Cup Championship games and won both times (‘51 & ‘60).

Dave Thelen, a great Ottawa running back of this era, claimed that he never ran behind a better blocking centre than Bitkowski. Eddie MacCabe, of the Ottawa Journal once wrote, "Bruno Bitkowski was as good a man as we've ever known in sports."

Bruno Bitkowski has a W.S.S.A memorial award in his honour for the most gentlemanly player. Inducted in 1988 to the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.