Jim began his career as a hard-hitting first baseman in Cuyahoga Falls Youth Leagues with CF Tigers, Astros & Wildcat teams then at Falls High school. He earned Metro League and Summit County All-Star status, topping it off by being selected Ohio All-State in 1980. Jim played 2 years at Kent State while playing summers with DB Johnson D and AA teams. In 1980 Jim was the youngest player up to that time to be selected to the All-Star team. Jim played for league champions Crocker's Restaurant and Field Falcons in the AA League as an All-Star and league top-ten hitter. Jim has played for Roy Hobbs national champion Akron A's and the Akron Blues and helps coach at Cuyahoga Falls High.