Talented right-handed pitcher in North Akron Youth Leagues; Champion Dodgers and Yankees (he was only the 2ndplayer to letter as a freshman at North High). He was All City in his Jr. and Sr. years, averaging two strike outs per inning to lead Summit and Stark/Portage Counties.
Came into "AA" League as a junior with Akron Insulating Champion Teams. Was 7-0, and at one point had 28 straight scoreless innings. In 1977 he pitched the title game for the Insulators. After 7 years "AA", John turned to coaching North Akron Youth Teams for 12 years.