Richard Schoonover was one of the area's finest pitchers at several different levels. At East High he earned four letters and threw three no-hitters, helping the Orientals to city and district championships. In independent league play, he was a stand-out for the Akron Border Auto squad. Schoonover had a 14-3 record with five 1-hitters that season. The next year, he signed a bonus contract with the Philadelphia Athletics. He pitched three seasons in their farm system, then two more for Cincinnati's farm teams. Schoonover was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.