Starting with the youth teams in Barberton, Bill became one of Barberton High's premiere pitchers accumulating a 7-1 record during his senior year. He played with the Slovene Center, Barberton Merchants and Smith Sheriffs prior to joining the army. He played with the 18th F.A.GRP. team, receiving MVP status from the "Stars and Stripes" player poll. He pitched in 18 of 24 games for the Eastern Conference to win the European title. Upon his return to Akron he pitched for P.O.C. Beers, Zoff Heating, Borden Autos, finishing with the Tramonte Black Label team in 1966. He was named to four All-Star teams and played for 8 championship teams. An arm injury prevented an assignment in the St. Louis Cardinal organization.