Sept. 13, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bruce Heine, a three-year letterwinner and captain of the 1968 Ohio State baseball team, passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 67.

“We are all saddened by the passing of Bruce Heine,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “He is a Buckeye through and through and played a key role in the history and tradition of Ohio State baseball. Also, Bruce has been instrumental in the development of the program we are today. It is with a heavy heart that we celebrate the life of Bruce Heine and what he means to our program.”

After his playing days that included being a starting second baseman on the Buckeyes’ 1966 NCAA championship team, Heine went on to become a charter member of the Buckeye Diamond Club, an organization he would later become president of. Heine was integral part in the fundraising effort for Bill Davis Stadium and was a key supporter of Ohio State baseball long after his playing days were over.

“Bruce was true baseball man,” Buckeye Diamond Club president Frank Fraas said. “Through his leadership and work with the Diamond Club, he was very instrumental in helping lift the Ohio State program to its current status. As a former player, coach and fan he touched many lives for the better. His energy and passion for the game and his love of Buckeye baseball will be missed.”

Friends may call at the Southwick-Good and Fortkamp Funeral Chapel from 4-7 p.m. Monday. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Polaris Church in Westerville.