In between day classes and night work at B.F. Goodrich, Hall Schoonover was the starting catcher for three years on Kent State baseball teams of the late '40s. Schoonover played on the same East High team as former New York Yankee and Cleveland Indian Gene Woodling. After graduating in 1939, Schoonover took a job with Goodrich, where he worked until drafted into World War II in 1942. He was catcher for the Lincoln Air Force base team that won the 2nd Air force title and reached the semifinals of the Little World Series. In '45, he won the league batting titles on a base team in Abilene, Texas. While at Kent, he also caught for Akron Borden Auto, which was runner-up in the 1948 American Baseball Congress tournament.