He made himself known early on in the Akron Sandlots as an outstanding hitter and catcher in the youth leagues that carried on through high school, college, and the pro ranks. Art was the main man of several WABL championship teams, the Champion Akron Blues, Class D Champion Triner Sports, and at Buchtel High. Art wielded a strong bat while averaging a .400-plus average most of his amateur career. As a receiver, Art excelled in defense and possessed a radar arm that baserunners eventually did not dare run on. Art made a solid impact at Kent State U and in the AA League with Tiny's Orphans, Triner Sports, Joe's All-Stars and the 1966 champion, Airmatic Valve. In 1965 he was the League's prestigious Frank Garcia Outstanding Player Award recipient. An All-Star performer each year of his amateur career, Art moved into pro ball and got his best shot with the California Angels during which time he was on the receiving end of a Nolan Ryan no-hitter. Art also played for Kansas City, Milwaukee and the White Sox, where he is currently the bullpen coach.