Jody was an integral part of forming the Manchester A's very successful youth baseball program. He grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, was an All-Star second baseman in the Falls youth leagues, but his forte was to be in the business world. After college and time in the Army, Jody launched his own-to-be successful business. As a result he able to give and raise funds to provide opportunities for young players to enjoy baseball. A field of dreams became a reality when he financed the construction of “ Crown Field “ that helped the Manchester A's bring a new level of excellence in the Manchester and Summit County area. From the building of Crown Field to sponsoring of many teams, purchasing uniforms, equipment and providing all the tools for a winning spirit that helped many players get the incentive to move on to a college education and baseball career.