Year Inducted – 2001
Has coached, managed, sponsored and umpired for teams in Akron, Tallmadge and Brimfield for more than 26 years. He played at Akron Garfield for Hall of Famer Phil Dienoff and Carter- Jones Connie Mack teams ’57-59. John was instrumental in the expansion and bringing top quality tournaments to Brimfield in the early ’80’s. He coached teams for Maplecrest Golf Course and Portage West before moving on in the ’90’s with the Akron A’s including a 59-4 record, a NABF National Title and the Junior Olympics runner up in Coral Springs, Florida. In the mid-’90’s he coached “The Boys of Summer” outstanding squads and went back to the A’s ’96 through ’98, winning a Cleveland Connie Mack title and two GABF titles. While with the A’s his teams won 26 League first place trophies and numerous tournament wins in Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Texas and Ohio. John retired from baseball after the 1998 season. His last A’s team won 5 of 6 tournaments they entered and posted a fabulous 61-7 record.