A transplant from Montgomery, Alabama where he was an All-Star lefthanded pitcher, first baseman and outfielder at Loveless High School. Joe moved to the Akron area for an outstanding career beginning in 1941 with Stembridge All-Stars, Elite Billiards, Wadsworth V.F.W. Merchants and Royal Vagabond teams on the local sandlots. He also played two years for the Traveling House of Moses Squad. Joe hurled three no-hitters, was named to four All-Star teams, consistently hit .300 and led Stembridge in RBI's four times. Joe fondly recalls his playing days on the Royal Vagabonds with the legendary Bobby Nash (1982-H.O.F.), Ormsby Pearson, Thurston Walker (1989-H.O.F.), and Ed Finney (1984-H.O.F.) as they traveled the northeastern Ohio area beating all comers.