A South High grad who entered Syracuse U on an athletic scholarship as a track star and finished first in the National Freshman Cross Country Championship. He returned to Akron and completed his career at Akron U in baseball, track and basketball. He took over at Garfield High in 1937, where his baseball teams won 10 City titles, the District title seven times, and two Regional titles in 34 years. He was the founder of the Summit Umpires Association, conducted numerous umpire clinics and schools. He umpired with a great love of the game for 40 years on area sandlots. Phil kept control of the games with his professionalism and players enjoyed his friendly attitude. He was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.