A scrappy infielder, primarily at third base. John, although only 5'8", 150 pounds, was a leading hitter on his Barberton High team for all four years, batting out of the "clean-up spot." During and after his prep days, John was tagged as a "tough out" at the plate for the Magics and with Killian Celtics, Farbers, Slovene Center and Barberton All-Star teams. As an 18-year old in 1941 he led the Butler Yankees of the Mid-Atlantic League in hitting and socked out 18 homeruns, 8 triples and 25 doubles. He also played for Danville, KY and Williamson, WVA. John played on three league championship teams and was named to seven All-Star teams during his career. He joins his older brother Tony, a 1989 H.O.F. inductee in the Hall.