"Lefty" Joe was a stellar pitcher for three years while at Buchtel High. He continued his pitching with Akron U, where he was the number one pitcher for four successful years in the late forties. In the summer of 1950 he signed with the Dodger organization, but was called away by the service late in the 1951 season. Staudt's AA League playing days began with Moore's Wrestlers while a sophomore at Buchtel. He later joined the champion Borden Autos where his "Sinker Ball" helped the Autos get three straight AABC State Titles. In 1948, in the record-setting 17 scoreless innings win of Bordens over Alabama, Joe gave up just one hit through eleven innings before being relieved for a fresh arm. In National championship play he recorded 29 consecutive scoreless innings and 39 consecutive unearned run innings while twice being named to the tournaments All-Star team.