Jim PopeHe was a power hitting first baseman for four title teams during his 11-year A League career. A superb player in East Akron Little League and at East High, "Skip" started slamming the long ball for Moore Wrestlers while only a sophomore at East in 1946. After two years with Tiny's Orphans, Skip had a six-year stint with the Boston-Milwaukee minor league system, mostly as a left-handed pitcher. He returned home to first base duties with Wadsworth in 1957 and spent four years with three-time champs, Krispy Kreme, before closing out a brilliant career with another championship team, the Black Labels in 1963. Skip was selected to the All-Star team 10 times, hit over .400 twice and was always among the League's top homerun and RBI leaders.