Began his career playing for champion Amerst, Ohio youth teams as a righthanded pitcher and catcher. Was a team captain, All-League and All-County All-Star at Amherst High '75-78. Dick became a third baseman and complete power hitter when he moved into A and AA and college ball (Akron U). Played and led numerous summer teams tot titles including Amherst A's and Canton Budweiser and helped lead Copley of Akron AA to C.A.B.A World Series runnerup in 1992. Was on seven All-Star teams. At Akron U, Dick set career homerun and RBI records while playing four years for the Zips. Was All Ohio Valley Conference in 1982.