Born in North Carolina but grew up playing baseball in the Chicago area where he developed as a versatile infielder, including a 1930 All-City second base season at Scherz High, at that time the largest high school in the country. From there he moved into pro ball with Greensboro and the Louisville Cardinals. After an arm injury cut short his pro career, Chuck moved to Akron and played with Goodyear and Golden Age in the A League. Chuck played second base for the Wingfoots during the late 30's and early 40's. He was an excellent fielder and clutch hitter. He moved on to become Goodyear's athletic and activities director.