At the age of 17, Bill Mazeroski became a professional baseball player when he signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The year was 1954, the same year the Wheeling, W. Va. native moved with his parents to Barberton. After two and a half seasons in the minor leagues, Mazeroski was called up with Pittsburgh in 1956. For the next 17 seasons, Mazeroski, one of the finest fielding second basemen ever to play baseball, was a fixture in the Pirates infield. He was selected to the National League All-Star team seven times. In 1960 he was named the Sporting News Major League Player of the Year as well as the Babe Ruth Award as the outstanding player in the World Series. His lead-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game of the 1960 World Series gave the Pirates a 10-9 win over the New York Yankees for the World Championship. He still owns six Major League records, including most double plays by a second baseman in a career (1,706), and five other National League marks. He retired as and active player in 1972.