Gene began playing softball at the age of 13 in Cicero. At 16 he played for Sams Tavern, Wolak’s Lounge, Triner’s All – Stars, and Murphy Motors. In 1947-48 Gene played Midwest semi-professional ball with Cole-Lenzi. Gene’s softball career was interrupted when he served in the Korean War for 2 years (1951-53) as a forward observer, a position that earned him the Bronze Star. After leaving the service, Gene played softball with several local teams until joining the Bobcats in 1955.Gene played shortstop and third base with the Bobcats until 1966. Gene was the Director of Recreation for the Clyde Park District until he accepted a position at Morton West High School. He retired from Morton West in 1992. Gene has been married to Carol for 43 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.