Began his career as an outstanding right-handed pitcher and strong hitting catcher with East Akron youth teams including Champion Annunciation CYO and Post 209 title teams. He also developed skills at first base and the outfield while at St. Vincent High School. Tom went from All-Star pitcher to All-Star Catcher after a stint in the Giants Minor League system ('57 right out of high school) and then he played for Borden Autos, 3 Steps Cafe, and Krispy Kreme Teams. He turned to a successful coaching career in 1969 and board member in Cuyahoga Falls Little League play and moved up to class D and AA action with strong D.B. Johnsen's A's teams and champion Crocker's Restaurant teams.