Les Beck has lived most of his life in Jamestown except for the time spent in the military in the 1940s. He was a lineman and a three-year letterman at Jamestown High School. In his senior season of 1931, he played on a powerful 8-1 team that only lost to Erie East, 58-7, in a charity milk fund game. That Jamestown team scored 317 points in being one of the highest-scoring teams in Red Raiders' history.
Beck also completed two years in track and was a member of the J Club and also a member of the National Athletic Scholarship Society. His football career saw him play for the Crescents in the City League besides being an All-Jamestown choice in the New York Penn league. He was captain of the Aerials football team for two years. Later while in the service, Beck was a captain in Japan of the 11th Airborne Angels, who won the Pacific Olympics in 1945 and 1946.