WESTERN CHAPTER PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME 1995 INDUCTEES

 

 

 

JOHN “CINNEY” CINICOLA, JR. – Basketball Coach 
1974-78 Duquesne University Head Coach: won the first Eastern 8 Championship, participated in 1978 NCAA Tournament. Assistant Coach 1968-74: 4 NIT and 2 NCAA Tournaments. Freshman and Assistant Coach: all winning seasons. Two undefeated teams 1960-67. 1958-59 Sharpsburg High School: won 2 Section Championships. 1959-60 Hempfield High School: won Westmoreland County Championship. 1956-57 Fort Sill: won the Fourth Army Championship and selected to coach in All Army Tournament. 1991 -New Jersey Nets regional scout.


 

JAMES “JIMBO” COVERT – Football
First round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, 4 time All Pro, 2 time Pro Bowler, 1985-86 NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year. Selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1980 Team of the Decade. Two time All American Offensive Lineman at University of Pittsburgh. First team All WPIAL and UPI All-State senior year at Freedom Area High School. Selected to All Time Chicago Bear Team, All Time Pitt Team. High school jersey #75 retired.


 

RAY DOWNEY – Sports Personality
“Voice of Steeler” Pennsylvania announcer for the past 48 years missing only 2 games. Announcer at the Gardens for the Hornets (now Penguins), Ice Capades and all other events. Announced for KDKA radio and TV -Hornets hockey games. Pennsylvania announcer of Gardens, Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium and Pitt Stadium. Golf: served as president of Chartiers Country Club and Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.


 

BOB EAZOR – Multi-Athlete
Boxer, racquetball, track, triathlete. Winner of 16 National and Field Master Championships in 40-50 age bracket. Winner of 5 National Triathlon Championships: lronman Distance, International Distance and Sprint Distance. 1989, 1990 and 1991 Triathlete All-American. 1989 Team USA competed in Europe. Pennsylvania Racquetball Champion in 1978 at age 40,1989 at age 60. Still competing.


 

LANNY FRATTARE – Sports Personality
The 1995 season will be his 20th year as broadcaster with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Has done play-by-play for over 3,OOO games. Broadcasting career began in 1968 with Geneva NY Senators. Association with Pirates began in 1974-75 when he did games for Charleston (WV) Charlies. Has also done play-­by-play for Penn State Football and Ohio State Basketball. Hosts Celebrity Golf Tournaments for benefit of Parent & Child Guidance Center.


 

WILLIAM “JUDY” JOHNSON – Baseball
1919-38 played for Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. Career batting average over .300. Played in Negro League World Series 1924, 1925, and 1935. Signed Josh Gibson and Richie Allen. Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown in 1975. Referred to as the “Black Pie Traynor.” Passed away in 1989.


 

RICK “CHICO” KEHOE – Hockey
First round draft Toronto Maple Leafs in 1971. Pittsburgh Penguins 21 years as Player/Coach. Second in all time scoring (636 points), second in games played (722), third in goals scored (312), fourth in assists (324), third in Power Play goals (95), lead team in goals and points 3 times, scored 25 or more goals in 9 seasons, topped 30 goals 5 times. Stanley Cup Championship Teams 1991 and 1992. Penguins Hall of Fame. Lady Bing Memorial Trophy 1981.


 

PAUL KMETZ – Football Coach 
Crafton, Carlynton, Shaler, Patton High Schools: WPIAL Champs in 1967, undefeated in 1965, 99 wins -46 losses -4 ties. Coach of the Year West Penn Conference 1973-74-75, Pennsylvania Coaches Hall of Fame 1987. Tangerine Bowl Champs in 1949. Curbstone Coaches Award in 1967. St. Vincent Lettermen of Distinction Award in 1984. WPIAL All Star in 1942, All Pennsylvania in 1949-50, and Class B Coach of the Year. Naval Veteran 1943-46 invasions of Italy, France, and Okinawa. Board of Directors, Pete Dimperio’s Coach of the Year Clinic.


 

RONALD “MARCE” MARCINIAK – Football Coach
St. George High School. 1951 All-Catholic. Captain Kansas State 1955. NFL Rookie Team, Washington Redskins 1955. Toronto Argonauts CFL 1956-57 All-Star Team. Coached at Arizona University in 1958-66; Southern Illinois 1967-68; Tusla 1969; Northwestern 1970-72; (Head Coach) Dayton 1973-76; Miami 1977-79; Colorado 1979-81. Scout with Dallas Cowboys 1983-1991. Currently scouting for Cleveland Browns.


 

DICK “MO” MODZELEWSKI – Football
Harbrack High School: All State. University of Maryland: 2 years All American, Outland Award 1952. Pro Football: All Pro 1964, played 180 consecutive games, 8 title games. Coached Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI. Polish ­American Hall of Fame 1986, National Foundation College Hall of Fame 1993.


 

JUNE SCHAUT – Bowling
First female to participate in all male bowling league at Robert Morris in 1967­-68. First woman to bowl 700 series in history of Pennsylvania State Women’s WIBC Tournament. Elected to Greater Pittsburgh Bowling Hall of Fame in 1990. Pennsylvania State Women’s WIBC All Events Champion in 1976. MVP -USSSA Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament in 1973, Altoona, Pennsylvania.


 

SAMMY SECREET – Boxing
Diamond Belt Champion Pittsburgh 1937-38-39 and runner-up in 1940. Sixth ranked Welter Weight in world in 1946. Amateur: Won 103 consecutive fights, overall record was 257 wins, 18 defeats. Professional: 1942 Ring Magazine ranked 8th position in world ratings, 1946 rated #6 defeating Harold Green (who beat Rocky Graziano twice). Lost to Sugar Ray Robinson. Retired 1949.


 

SUSAN STEAD – Softball
A shortstop and first basemen who played for the Debs Softball Team from 1965 to 1986, Susan is considered by many to be the best women’s softball player to come out of Pittsburgh. Played in 22 women’s open national championships and was a member of the 1970 and 1971 USSSA World Championship Teams. Individual National Honors includes hers election as the MVP of the 1970 USSSA World Championship; 3-time USSSA All-World Shortstop (1969, 1970, 1971); and 1978 ASA All-American. A clean-up hitter who could hit with power to all fields. She was a member of 19 Greater Pittsburgh league championship teams and is a member of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.


 

BILL “QUAIL” VIRDON – Baseball
More than 40 years experience in pro baseball as player, coach and manager. Made Major League debut in 1955 with St. Louis. Majority of 11-year playing career with Pirates. Hit .241 with 3 doubles and 5 RBIs in 1960 World Series. Managed Pirates in 1972-73, win NL East Title. Also managed Yankees, Astros and Expos. Won International League batting title in 1954; 1955 N.L. Rookie of the Year; Gold Glove in 1962; Manager of the Year in 1974,1979, and 1980. Won N.L. West in 1980.


 

FRED YEE – Coach
Basketball: 1973 coached Dapper Dan Roundball West teams; 1972 and 1978 Pittsburgh Press Coach of the Year; City Championship teams in 1972, 1978; PIAA State Title 1978; 1979 City Championship, 1985, 1986, and 1989 City Title and Western PA PIAA State finalist. 1978-81 golf coach Schenley High School. Seven years softball coach Carrick High School: City Championships 1986-87-90-92-93.

Please Note: The information on this page is, as it was posted in the program for the 1995 Annual Dinner.
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