In 1964 played with Class F Champs L&B Construction. Was instrumental in the Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers winning two "Metro" titles and was named All-Metro in 1967 and 1968. Also in 1968 he was named to the Greater Akron All-Star team with a 10-1 record, 157 strikeouts in 77-2/3 innings and a .045 ERA. He also guided the Black Tigers to their best record ever: 34-4. In 1968 against Walsh Jesuit High he missed a perfect game by issuing 1 walk and struck out "all 21 batters" for an 8-0 win. He received a scholarship to Kent State, where he was Co-Captain, MAC Conference "Player of the Week" for pitching back-to-back shutouts against (1st Place) Miami of Ohio, and Western Michigan the next week. Began his AA League career in 1968 with Kippy-Heathco, 1969 Black Labels, 1970-71 Wayne Knolls Farms, 1972 Eaton Sports Pride, 1973 Akron Insulating, and 1974 Flexi-Grip. With Flexi-Grip he was AA leader with 117 strikeouts in 79-2/3 innings and 1.21 ERA. Drafted by Nino's for NABF Tournament in Louisville, KY, he beat Detroit 11-0 on 3 hits and 14 strikeouts to put Nino's in the semi-finals. Named to 6 All-Star teams, and in 1971 gave the Akron All-Stars their first win in 5 years against Canton All-Stars, 3-2. Also in 1971 he received the "Frank Garcia Memorial Award" as the year's outstanding player, recognizing his excellent play. Jack was no slouch at the plate, either.