He graduated from Central High School with an impressive record, having earned 9 letters (4 in baseball). He joined the Early Borden Auto Team as their ace pitcher. He attended Kent State University for a time, before signing a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs organization in 1946. He was sent to Hutchington, Kansas, where even though he was a pitcher, he was called on to pinch hit for an injured player and his debut in pro baseball resulted in a double. He moved up the Cub organization to Elisabethon, Tennessee, Springfield, Massachusetts and finally to Portsmouth, Virginia. In 1950 he returned to Akron, helping Krispy Kremes with a championship. He pitched 6 consecutive victories at one stretch. He had a lifetime ERA of less than 3 runs.