Grew up in the Ellet youth leagues and became an outstanding defensive outfielder, clutch hitter and excellent base stealer. Was on title teams with Hoskins Olds, Rempel Deegees (Pony) Post 209 Legion champs and was All-City twice. He continued his fine play in AA with Border Autos, Bittinger Tires, 3 Steps Cafe, and Krispy Kreme. Gary averaged .280-.325 hitting and made the All-Star team as a Kreme. He also was All-Metro and All-District at Ellet and joins his dad Paul and brother Ed as GABHOF inductees.