Was reared in baseball in Orville youth leagues primarily as a rugged righthanded pitcher, outfielder, first baseman and hitter. Was a four year starter at Orville High, was an All-Ohio Conference All-Star three times and led the Riders to the league title in '79. Mike then became a four year starter at Akron U where he posted a School record 24 career wins pitching; was Zip captain '82-83; was All-Ohio Valley Conference '82-83; Zip Player of the Year and All-American in '82 when he hit .413 with 10 homers. Mike joined the Brewers organization in '83 and pitched through '90 and had an 88-108 record. Was with Indianapolis (AAA) '91; New York Mets '92; Richmond Braves '93-94; spent half of '95 with Mets, then played in Japan rest of '95 and '96 until he broke a leg and was forced to retire. He has continued his baseball career as pitching coach at Kent State U. Also played for numerous "AA" teams in the Canton League; made four All-Star teams and was an All-Star for the Hahn Plastering Company.