Lou Testa

A leg injury curtailed Lou's playing days, but did not take him off the field as he turned to managing and had an outstanding career as the pilot of many area teams. As far as highlights are concerned, Lou doesn't look back at win-loss records, but he would rather reminisce about the development of his players, both on and off the field. There is no doubt of his ability to help develop players into having long and successful careers by the fact that eleven of his former players have already been inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame. Lou began his career in the late twenties as an infielder, primarily as shortstop with Farewell Billiards, Northern Ohio Power and Light, Goodyear Wingfoots, and the 1932 champion St. Martha teams. After suffering the leg injury, Lou took to managing with the North Akron Merchants, Hungerford Drugs, the 1935 State Champion, Atlantic Foundry, that got to the NBC Finals in Witchita, Kansas that year, and he closed out his brilliant coaching career with the Goodrich Local #5 teams.