Crafty left-handed pitcher who grew up playing on East side youth teams, YMCA and GABF Leagues. While at East High 1949-53 he also played for American Legion Post 209 teams. At East he was All-City in '52. In 1951 he helped Post 209 win the Ohio Hot Stove title, pitching a no-hitter against top-seeded Elyria along the way. Pitched two years at Akron U, helping the Zips win the Ohio Conference in 1954. Pitched for Old Dutch Beer, Howe Construction, Krispy Kreme teams in "AA" play. In 1953 he set the strike-out record at 18 for a 9 inning game (since broken) and also a two consecutive game record for K's of 32.