Born in 1965, Tom began playing senior baseball in 1979 at age 14. He played for the Plumas Pirates of the Santa Clara League for the next 32 years, posting a record of 182 home runs in 480 games and a .440 lifetime batting average. He played for Manitoba at the Western Canadian championships in 1995, ’96 and ’97, and has been coaching minor ball since 1995. His involvement in baseball in his community led him to receive the 2007 MBA Volunteer Award, and in 2012 was named Plumas’ Mr. Baseball by the Santa Clara League.