Aurel Bittle

Aurel Bittle was a multi-sport athlete for Garland H.S. in the mid 1940s whose achievements brought him and his teams extensive recognition. Aurel's prowess in baseball greatly contributed to the Garland Owls winning the championship of the Dallas County Class A League in both 1945 and 1946. As a junior in 1945, Aurel won six league games, as the Owls took the league title with ten victories and no losses. When not pitching, he played third base. At the end of the season he was an unanimous choice for the all-league team selected by the coaches. The Owls, as league champions, were invited to the Texas State H.S. Baseball Championship Tournament in Dallas, and Aurel was selected to play in the All-Star game at the conclusion of the tournament. As a senior in 1946, Aurel won seven league games, as Garland took the league title with eight victories and no losses and again was invited to the state tournament in Dallas. On the mound he overpowered league opponents, pitching two no-hitters and two one-hit games, striking out 80 batters, and allowing only 12 hits. He also was a team leader at bat, collecting a home run, two triples, a double, and six singles in the league games. In football, Aurel earned three letter awards and as a junior started in the backfield of the undefeated 1944 Owls, who won their second consecutive regional title. As a senior, co-captain in the fall of 1945, his passing, running, and punting earned first team All-District 15-A honors, as he led Garland to a record of six wins, three losses, and a tie. Aurel also earned three letters with the Owl basketball team, starting at guard as a senior and starting many of the games as a junior. Aurel retired in 1986 after 40 years service with Lone Star Gas Company, and resides in Garland.