Tall, talented, strong right-handed pitcher and outfielder who could hit as well. "Sweets" grew up on the East side and played with a number of youth title teams: Akron Wildcats, Goodyear Heights Orientals and GH Bucks, Gastown Browns, Waterloo Drive-in "E" state champs, Lockhart Construction and Firestone Park Kiwanis "D" League champs. At East High, Lou was 2nd team All-City in 1967-68, then in '69 led the Orientals to the City title with a 9-1 record, hitting .356 and pitching a one-hitter in 2-0 title game and also pitched District Tournament title game win. He also was picked as an All-Ohio selection in '69. Lou hurled 11 years in the Akron AA League with Nino's Lounge, Magic City Lanes, Acme Ash, Pfiefle Undertakers, and C&P Sales Company.