WESTERN CHAPTER PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME 1996 INDUCTEES

 

 

BILL FRALIC – Football
Penn Hills High School football & wrestling: 4 year letterman, All WPIAL, All State, Big 33, Parade All-American (MVP Lineman). University of Pittsburgh: 4 year starter, All East All American, Lombardi & Outland Trophy & Heisman Trophy finalist, Football Writers Association of America best of last 25 years choice. Playboy Magazine all time All American Team. #1 draft choice Atlanta Falcons. Numerous Rookie of Year Teams, NFL offensive lineman of year, MVP 1987, 4 time Pro-Bowl. 8 years with Atlanta, 1 year with Detroit Lions.


 

ELMER B. GUCKERT – Basketball Coach
 Brashear High School, Fifth Avenue High School, Stoneycreek High School. Record: 10 City Championships, 3 Western  PA Championships, 1 State Runner-up, 3 -1st. round, 2 State Championships. Coached Sam Clancy, Dwight Clay, Wynorris Banks. PIAA Official: basketball, baseball, softball. Post Gazette Basketball Coach of the Year-4 times. Also coached
swimming, baseball and cross country (3 times City Championship).


 

DALE L. HAMER – Sports Personality
National Football League Official 1978 -present. Referee: 1989 -present, Head Linesman 1980 -88, Line Judge 1978 -79. 14 play-off games including Super Bowl XVII & XXII-Head Linesman. Super Bowl XXVII Alternate Referee. College Football 1968 -77-1 00+ games, High School 1963 -77-300+ games. High school and college basketball official 1962 -79. Michael Duda Award -Athletic Achievement at California University 1988. 1991 AFC Championship game referee. Currently Vice-President Professional Football Referees Association


 

BILL HILLGROVE – Sports Personality.
Broadcaster Pitt: Football color 1970-73, play-by-play 1974 to present; basketball play-by-play 1969 to present. Pittsburgh Steelers: play-by-play 1994 to present. WTAE: TV weekend sports anchor 1974-78, and nightly sports anchor 1979-95. Majors, Sherill, Fazio, Gottfried and Hackett TV Shows 1973-93. Golden Quill Award 1978 and 1983 – golf coverage. Pa. Assoc. Broadcasters Award, Bob Prince Award 1993 and Variety Club “Man of the Year” 1982.


 

GEORGE “DOC” MEDICH, M.D. – Baseball
Hopewell High School, 1966: football, basketball, baseball. Pitt: football & baseball 1966-70. Minor League Baseball: New York Yankees 1970-72. Major League Baseball: 1972-82-Yankees, Pirates, A’s, Mariners, Mets, Rangers, and Brewers. Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame 1987. Orthopedic Surgeon, Chief of Surgery Aliquippa Hospital 1994-present.


 

MEL NASH – Swimmer
Gold Medals at International, National, and State levels. 1971 won Pan-Am Games Gold Medal and U.S. Senior National Championship in 100m backstroke and ranked 3rd in world. 8 year All American: Gateway High School and Indiana University. Indiana University team won NCAA Division I National title. WPIAL Swimmer of the Year. State records in 100 yard backstroke,200 yard IM, Medley and Freestyle Relays (last to be broken in 1992). Holds record in Master Swimming. Coach: Texas A & M.


 

DR. RON O’BRIEN – Diving Coach
Diving coach 33 years. Oliver High School: 2nd in state high school diving championships 1955. Ohio State
University: NCAA 1 meter champion and U.S. National 3 meter champion. NCAA All American 3 times. Coaching: 7 times U.S. Olympic Team Diving Coach, 13 times Coach of the Year. Member of International Swimming Hall of Fame 1985 and Ohio State University Hall of Fame 1985. Divers have won 5 Olympic gold medals, 3 silver and 3 bronze. Also 8 World Championship gold medals and 130 U.S. National Championships.


 

BILL SHAY – Basketball Coach
Coaching record 1968-95: 619 wins, 213 losses. 1990 USA Today College Basketball Coach ofthe Year in PA. Formed the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers (paraplegic wheel chair basketball team). Co-authored book, “Education for Life-. Member of NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Advisory Board. Former talent scout for Cleveland Cavaliers. Department Chairman of Physical Education Allegheny Community College. Lettered in football, basketball, baseball in high school and basketball, baseball at University of Pittsburgh.


 

DONALD “STEM” STEMMERICH – Coach
Union High School basketball 38 years. Record: 638 wins, 289 losses: 11 League Championships, 9 District Championships, twice State runner-up. Coach of the Year numerous times. Played baseball at Wilkinsburg High School and Clarion University. Clarion University: scored 1200 points in 3 years, undefeated State Champs 1952. Drafted by Baltimore Bullets of NBA. Golf coach 26 years. One of the winningest basketball coaches in PA history. Member of the Clarion University Hall of Fame and Mayor of Rimersburg.


 

RENNIE STENNETT – Baseball
Major League -11 years: 9 with Pirates. Top defensive second baseman. Made Major League debut in 1971 and hit .353 in 50 games. 1974 led National League at 2nd base in putouts, was second in assists and double plays and handled 410 consecutive chances without an error. September 6, 1975 set modem record going 7 for 7. Added 5 more hits in next 2 games, setting record for most hits in 3 straight games. Appeared in 4 National League Championship Series and 1 World Series (1979).


 

REV. HAROLD “HOOKS” TINKER, SR. – Baseball
Center fielder and Manager with Pittsburgh Crawfords 1927-1930. Life time average In the Negro League over .300 (1923-1931). Teammate of Satchel Page and Josh Gibson. Known as a defensive stalwart throughout his career. Player-Coach with the Edgar Works Field Club, the Westinghouse Field Club and Terrace Village for forty years. Manager Terrace Village 1949-50. Early career with Keystone Juniors.

Please Note: The information on this page is, as it was posted in the program for  the twenty-six Annual Dinner on May 5, 1996
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