Began playing in the Atwater Hot Stove League at a very young age. In 1958 as a pitcher, he had 4 no-hitters before reaching high school. His career record at Waterloo High was 20-5, with an ERA of .026. He was a 3-time All-Portage County player and an All-District, twice. At Ashland College he was 8-2, before joining such teams in the AA League as Bolin Oil, Pfeifle Undertakers, Akron Insulating, C&P Sales, Acme Ash and Genessee Beers. Tom pitched 14 years in the AA League and was an All-Star 12 times. He was 15-0 on the Akron Insulating championship team of 1977. He pitched for 7 championship teams and was voted M.V.P. during one tournament.