While he lettered in both football and baseball at Burbank High School in LA, Don Deckman really excelled at baseball. The newspaper clippings mentioning his expert play are too numerous to post, so I've put in the one where he was recruited by Valley College. As you will see, however, he went pro before long. I can imagine the coach saying, "I know this guy downtown who takes a certain type of pictures of guys like you." Oh, and I think the coach is cute, too.