Grew up in Cuyahoga Falls youth leagues and became all-star right-handed pitcher/infielder with CF LL Champion Cardinals, 4-time "F-E" North Akron Yankees Champions; "D" State Champ Hot Stove Cuyahoga Falls Gold team. At Falls High earned all-league and All-Ohio honors in 1974. Played one year at Kent State U. Was a 4-time All-Star in AA action with Eaton Sports Pride and while player-manager for Hudson Mohawk Chiefs. Now plays in Roy Hobbs League and has been a coach and Vice President of Stow Youth Baseball Association for 13 years.