Buddy started playing 16” softball in 1966 with Jeno’s Lounge before moving to Andy Ortolano’s Super Stars and then to the Dwarfs. He played second and third base with the Dwarfs and helped them win numerous tournament and league titles, helping them to a second place finish in the ASA Nationals and twice received ASA All-American honors. In 1975 he became director of softball operations at Grant Park and began running the largest 16” softball industrial league in the country. For two years he was Chicago Park District city-wide softball chairman and created the AH. He was director of the Grant Park Recreation Association Tournament of Champions for fifteen years.