An outstanding pitcher, outfielder, and 1st baseman in West Akron youth leagues. He was an All-City at Buchtel High and played 2 years at Southern U. Billy was an All-Star for Red Peppers while in Akron. He played with Detroit Tigers '71-'75, Mets '76-'77, Pirates '78, and Mexico City '79. He came home and had five All Star years with champion Forest City, slamming out 42 home runs in '82. He had two All Star seasons with Canton Buttrey Coins Championship teams.