Although he coaching career was cut short at the relatively young age of 38, this great player lived long enough to see his teams become perhaps the best in the history of Akron sandlot baseball. For times his teams won the Ohio Amateur Baseball Congress championship and twice they came within a victory of winning the national championship. As a player he was good enough to be signed by three major league clubs - the Yanks, the Phillies and the Cards. He even had a fling at pro basketball with the old Cleveland Alleman Transfers. In 1945 he led the Akron Orphans to the National Amateur Baseball Federation Championship and he was named the tournament's outstanding player. Four times his teams won the Greater Akron title.