A tall, lanky right-hander with plenty of "steam," Bruce played and pitched many Copley area youth teams to League and Tournament Championships, including three All-Star years with Copley Dynamerican, and then as pitcher/shortstop at Copley High from 1970-72. He was an All-Suburban League selection for the Indians, with the highlight being a no-hitter, 1.00 ERA, and a District Championship in 1972. Bruce moved on to college action at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1975-77, where he was All-ECAC in '76 and '77. He set a record for most putouts in a game in '76 with 11, and in 1977 set a league record with 28 scoreless innings. In Class AA ball in Akron, Bruce had two All-Star years with Red Pepper and Pfeifle Funeral Home in 1972-73. He then went back for summer ball in Rochester, where he again made the All-Star Team twice, while his team won a pair of championships. Bruce returned for more Akron League play with the champion Forest City and Akron Insulating teams before closing out his career with D.B. Johnsen Company in 1981.