Played American Legion baseball in Terre Haute, Indiana, for Post 346.
"I probably got my best experience in high school playing American Legion ball for Bill Welch," John said. "He was an excellent baseball coach -- actually he could coach any sport. We played 45 to 50 games each summer and we'd go all over the Midwest for weekend tournament. We'd play in town during the week and practice when we didn't have a game."