A New Castle, PA native, where he played for champion little league, pony, colt, legion, and high school teams as an outstanding centerfielder and righthanded pitcher. He lettered four years at Grove City college, where he was team captain, Tri-State MVP and All-Star 1970-73. Dave moved to Cuyahoga Falls in 1969 and began a 25-year career in the AA league with the Akron Dodgers. He played for Nino's Lounge, Pfiefle Undertakers, Champion Eaton Sports Pride, Forest City, and C&P Sales teams while being named the Frank Garcia MVP in 1974 and to 12 Akron-Canton All-Star teams. A strong-armed outfielder who always hit .326 plus, Dave was also a top RBI leader with power and also had a winning record while pitching on all levels in his career as a spot starter and reliever.