Before beginning his career as an umpire, Jim coached baseball in the CYO and high school circles for 10 years, winning six championships. Then for the next 25 years he umpired baseball at all the levels of the game - all Greater Akron Baseball Leagues, the Mid American College Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Mid Ohio and the Ohio Conference. He was assigned to all championship games. He was a much sought after official for the Akron area play-off games. His knowledge of the rules made him a valuable asset for rules interpretation meetings. He served as business manager of the Umpires Association, responsible for the assignment of officials for many years.