Year Inducted – 1988

Had an outstanding career as a strong-throwing right-handed pitcher and third baseman for 14 years on the local sandlots. Bernie began his career on the youth level with the outstanding National A.C. teams back in 1933 on the Class D level through the Class A level, and was a two-year starter for Kenmore High in 1936-37. He moved into AA competition in 1938 with Lotter’s Garage and followed that with an All-Star season with the Beaver Falls Browns in the Penn State League, where he hit .360 and was voted Player of the Year in that league. He returned to Akron in 1940 with the Firestone Local, and, except for a service stint in 1944-45, played outstanding ball for the tough Army-Navy #268 teams during the rest of the forties. Bernie took to coaching in the Kenmore area after his playing days and had many successful seasons on the Little League and Pony League levels, with the highlight being an All-Star trip to the Little League Finals in Williamsport, PA in 1956.