Outstanding letterman in three sports for Grand Island High School
earned nine varsity letters and collected numerous personal honors: All State football
quarterback in 1963; basketball All State and All State Tournament First Team in 1964;
record for the most field goals in one state tournament game; single season and career
scoring records for Grand Island High; 1964 Gold Medal discus winner in the State Track
Meet breaking the 24 year old state discus record set by Howard Debus of Lincoln High. He was the 1964 High School Athlete of the Year.
In June of 1964, John received two important documents--his high school diploma and a
bonus contract from the baseball Kansas City Athletics.
Manager Whitey Herzog was present to do the signing honors. It launched a lifetime in baseball. John was in
the minors one year and then was called up to the majors with the Kansas City As in
1965. He was a long-time head baseball coach at the University of Nebraska. John is
presently a minor league manager for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, a Boston Red Sox farm
team as well as manager for major league players on rehabilitation leave. He also has
responsibilities in player development.