They called him "Pokey," but it was a misnomer as far as his moving on the diamond went. His base stealing, bunting, and ability to patrol the outfield was extremely outstanding. Started in youth leagues at age 12, but by 16 was in A ball with Goodyear where he spent most of the next 20 years. Besides the Wings, he also played for Kenmore Pioneers, Youngstown Slovaks, Smith Sheriffs, and had a two year stint in the army at McCain, Miss. Always batted over .300 with power and led various leagues in stolen bases. Named to All-Star teams twice each in Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown, and Army leagues. Played in four National Tournament Finals, twice with the Sheriffs, and twice with the Slovaks.