Came out of North High School as an infielder, but quickly converted to a catcher. He played on such teams as the Akron Blue Sox and the John Fulton Post #272 in the youth leagues. He spent a year at Toledo University, where he teamed with Hall of Famer Bobby Nash on area semi-pro teams. His first Akron AA League team was Holland Furnaces. World War II interrupted his baseball playing days for nearly 4 years, while he served as a paratrooper. During the training at Camp Breckenridge he managed the base team. On returning to the Akron area, Don joined the Stembridge All-Stars for several years. Then he closed out his baseball career with the Elite Billiards team. Don was a consistent .300 hitter. He played for 3 championship teams, and was selected to 2 All-Star teams.