Well, when he was just 15 years old, Phil was asked by the Westfield Moose Club-sponsored baseball team to join it as a backup catcher at the semi-pro championships.
So Phil's brother, Bob, took pen to paper and left a note for their parents. The essence of the note was simple: “We're on our way to Wichita, Kansas. See you in two weeks.”
It was just the start of Phil's sports odyssey.
At Mayville Central School, Phil held the basketball record for career points with 1,104, spearheading the program's 36-game winning streak, and was named an all-star on the hardwood, on the gridiron and on the diamond.