Grew up playing baseball All-Star style at all positions in the Tallmadge Little League program and then Tallmadge Hot Stove, LockhartConstruction “D” and at Tallmadge High. Don was All-Metro and helped the Blue Devils get State Runner-up honors and in the All-Ohio series was the MostValuable Player in 1966. Don played mostly shortstop, pitcher and catcher but was used everywhere. He began his AA career with Airmatic Valve and had All-Star seasons with Dairy Queen, Bolin Oil and NEO A League State Champs Kent BC's Bus Stop, Rootstown R & S Drywall, Ohio Buckeyes and Wadsworth. Don also played for championship Roy Hobbs Akron Blues teams.