He started young, having spent three years in the South Akron Little Leagues. Moving on to high school, Joe was instrumental in the Kenmore Cardinals winning the 1978 City Championships and in four years of varsity action was twice selected to the All-City Team. Recruited by Wooster College, Joe helped the Scots to a pair of Ohio conference titles and his performance there was rewarded with selection to the All-Conference Teams. After college Joe joined the Crocker Restaurant Team in the AA League and helped them win three titles in five years. He then played two championship seasons with the Field Falcons (1984-85) before closing out his baseball career in AA with C&P Sales Company teams for eight years. He helped pitch C&P to titles in 1986, 1991-92-93. All-in-all Joe played on 12 title teams and was voted on eight All-Star teams. In 1985 his stellar performance merited him the league's Frank Garcia Award for outstanding play. Joe has continued to pitch in the over-30 Roy Hobbs Baseball League in Akron, and has led his Grandpa Sports Card team to one title.