Baseball has been forever a way of life for Rick and all the Fletchers. He joins his father, Dick, a 1983 inductee as the ninth father-son combo to have been so honored. Rick began in the Wadsworth Little League, advancing to Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball, showing outstanding qualities all the way. At Wadsworth High School he left his mark as a superior defensive player, being selected All-County and named the MVP his junior and senior years. He moved into the Junior College ranks with Brewton-Parker, then to Toledo University for two years before graduating from Malone. He was awarded four Golden Gloves during his college years. Joining the AA League he spent his playing days with Acme Ash, Akron Insulating, and Forest City before signing a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs organization. He was assigned to the Auburn, N.Y. Red Stars in the New York-Penn. League. Following the stint with the pros, he returned to conclude his AA career with the Ewing Chevy's and Oakwood Bar. All told Rick helped his teams win 10 championships and was voted on six All-Star teams.