Bill's ability and skills became apparent as a high schooler at RogerBacon High in Cincinnati. His stellar play earned him three varsity letters as well as All-City MVP recognition in 1963. Kent State University Golden Flashes presented Bill with a scholarship where he won three letters, set an NCAA record for four consecutive doubles, was a second team All-MAC selection and led Kent hitters with a .311 batting average in 1965. While at Kent and after, he continued as a hitting terror and fielding whiz in the AA League with Airmatic Valve, champion Wayne Knolls Farms and champion Akron Insulating teams. Besides playing on four title teams, Bill was a three-time All-Star selection, was player-manager of Insulating Teams for three years, and led the Insulators in hitting 1972-73.