A .400 hitting outfielder and strong lefty pitcher, he began his career in the Firestone Park Youth leagues playing with numerous title teams and then at St. Vincent-St. Mary High and Hoban Merchants and Akron Knights title teams. While at Xavier University, Ed also played with Akron Omnicor and Crocker's on title and All-Star teams. At Xavier Ed hit .300+, was Midwestern City Conference All-Tournament, '85. In ten AA seasons Ed hit .400+ five times, the best was .458 in '89. Pitching-wise he was first called on as reliever at Xavier, and in AA after starting as a youngster became one of the top pitchers in AA. Ed received the AA Frank Garcia Outstanding Player Award in 1984 while hitting .439, 31 RBI, 21 steals and only 6 strikeouts in 132 at bats. He was named to 10 All-Star teams.