Excelled in baseball, basketball and football at Ellet High School, and had a pair of outstanding seasons in baseball and basketball at Compton Junior College before beginning an 18-year class AA League career. Eddie was an excellent defensive player at all the infield spots, was a consistent .300 hitter, and finished his career as an All-Star first baseman. Eddie played with Chester's Diner, Barberton Weather-Seal and champion Krispy Kreme, Borden Auto and Tramonte Black Label teams before closing out his career with the champion Red Peppers. Ed was named to three All-Star teams and provided all his teams with clutch hitting from the left side of the plate. Ed joins his father, Paul Rife, as the second member of the Rife Family to be inducted into The Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.