Began pitching for Post #209 and the Hungerford Drugs youth teams. His high school career took place in Lawrenceburg, TN, where his pitching prowess got him on the B.F. Goodrich Thomastown, GA, semi-pro team. He returned to Akron to play with the Killian Celtics and become one of Joe Winkler's aces. He joined the Smith Sheriffs and pitched in two All-Star games at Goodyear Seiberling Field. Lew signed a pro contract with Nashville in the Southern Association, who sent him to Eufaula, AL. From there he played with Abbeyville, LA and was reassigned to Tallahassee, FL in the Georgia-Florida League. The following year he went to Tyler, TX in the East Texas League before being called back to Nashville, TN. He concluded his pro career at Beckley, WVA in the Mid-Atlantic League. Lew's lifetime ERA average was less than 3.