Leslie O. James distinguished himself in various sports as an athlete, manager, coach and offical.
James graduated from Falconer High School in 1936 and while attending the school he was a standout in track, football, basketball and baseball.
In his senior track season James competed in the pole vault competition winning first place in the Chautauqua County Meet and third in the WNY Zone 6 Meet.
James was also quarterback and the punter for Golden Falcons football team. Additionally, he was a guard on the basketball squad and pitched and performed at several infield positions in baseball.
While still in high school, James began his lengthy Muny baseball league career with the Falcon merchants. Later, from 1937 to 1939, James was the member of two-time champion Art Medal Builders in the YMCA Community Basketball League.