Began his outstanding career as a left-handed pitcher, first baseman, and outfielder in the Springfield Youth leagues and grew into one of the best players in Summit County while at Springfield High School. Bob sparkled on the mound for the Spartans as a crafty lefty and blasted out .400 plus batting averages while leading Springfield to Metro League Championships in 1954 and 1955. Bob became one of the top pitchers in AA League play for Zoff's Heating, Krispy Kreme teams, and as a draftee for tournaments by the Black Labels. His best seasons came from 1957-59 when he posted a 39-6 pitching record, 2.90 ERA and .310 batting average. In between AA action, Bob had great success pitching and batting the Paris Island Marines to service league championships.