Although he never played much organized baseball, Jim fell in love with the game following the Tallmadge Little League teams on all age levels. And for 10 of the past 12 years he has made an annual trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA with a Tallmadge entourage. As a "sponsor" since 1985, his Tallmadge Stars teams have been consistent winners in Class E, D and AA ball. His teams won championships in D ball (1985, 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991) in either the GABF or Northeast Ohio Cleveland Connie Mack Leagues. The 1989 team was district runner-up for the AABC Mickey Mantle Class E title. The 1986 and 1987 D teams also played in the Akron AA League, winning the second half title in 1986 and was runnerup to C&P Sales Co. in league playoffs. Jim has been very generous over the years, paying the bills out of his own pocket and providing use of his equipment to Tallmadge youth and high school teams.