Though he was quite an athlete in his own right, Tobin was elected to Summit County's Hall of Fame for his performance as one of the area's outstanding officials. When there was a big game in the area to be called, Tobin was often working it. He officiated football from 1941-72, in the Ohio Conference. A high school basketball official for 25 years, he also officiated in the early years of the National Basketball Association and in the old Continental Football League. Tobin was the first official from the area to work Mid-American Conference games in both basketball and football. As an athlete, Tobin played on numerous amateur and industrial league championship basketball teams in the 1930s, including the Firestone Non-Skids, which captured the 1939-40 National Basketball League championship.