As a member of the Euclid, Ohio 12 year-old league champions, Rick was introduced into top line competition by playing in the Little League World Series for three consecutive years. The Tals Beverage team had a 92-8 win-loss record, due largely because of his hitting ability. Rick played four years at Euclid High School, where he was captain and selected on the All-Ohio team during his senior year. Kent State recruited him, and he continued to raise havoc with opposing pitchers. During his senior year with the Flashes, he was All-Mid American Conference, led the entire nation in slugging with a .718 percentage and 15th with a .418 batting average. His play and hitting in the AA League helped Eaton Sports Pride win the 1972 City Championship. He also played for Akron Insulating and Tals Beverages teams during his AA tenure. This 6'1", 220 pounder was always among the league leaders in homeruns, RBIs, batting average and getting hit by the pitcher. Rick has continued his association with baseball as a high school coach, having spent five years at Wickliff High and is presently at his Alma Mater, Euclid High.