Was a 1960 graduate of St. Mary's High who was a switch hitting catcher who hit more than .500 during a four year high school career. He was an All-City catcher in baseball for four years and All-City in football & basketball for two years. In his senior year he was named to the Catholic All-American Basketball Team. He attended Southern Illinois University for one year on a basketball scholarship and had baseball tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates. On returning to Akron he played for Krispy Kreme, John Browns, Joe's All Stars, Blatz Beers, Tiny's Orphans, and finally with Nino's Lounge teams. He was selected on three All-Star teams for his stellar play and excellent hitting ability. His hitting average was always near .400. He led his teams in home runs and in RBI's. Jim passed away at the young age of 47 on October 23, 1989.