2018 Western Inductees to State Hall of Fame
ROBERT “TICK” CLOHERTY – WESTERN CHAPTER
PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
2018 STATE INDUCTEES
|Robert “Tick” Cloherty , 1997 Chapter Inductee
Tick proudly served in the US Marine Corps from 1955 to 1958, where he played intra-servi ces football. He was a 4-time first team PSAC offensive and defensive tackle (1958-’61) at Clarion State College and was named co-captain in 1961. Tick was an assistant football coach at Penn Hills High School from the 1962 -’65 seasons. He was named School District Business Manager, first for the Swissvale (1970 -’79) and then for the Woodland Hills (1979 -’92) and served as President of the Pennsylvania School Business Managers Association for the 1985-86 school year. He was inducted into the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the East Boros Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame in ’94, and the Western Chapter in ’97. Tick was also inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in 2017. He was a WPIAL football official for 35 years and basketball official for 25 years.
Tick served as President of the West Penn Basketball Officials in 1994. He was the Assigning Secretary for the Eastern Association of Interscholastic Football Officials (PIAA) for 9 years. He was also President of the Eastern Intercollegiate Football Officials Association from 1992 to 2000. Tick served as the Commissioner of WPIAL Quad AAAA Football Officials from 2000 to ’14 and was the Heinz Field scoreboard operator for all Pitt and Steelers home football games from 2000 to 2012. He served as President of the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for 30 years from 1987 to 2016, overseeing the enshrinement of 407 Western Chapter inductees and 72 PA Sports Hall of Fame inductees from his chapter during that period. Tick also served as PA Sports Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board for 4 years. In 2016 the Western Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame was renamed the Robert “Tick” Cloherty -Western Chapter in his honor
|Bruce Dal Canton – Baseball, 1992 Chapter Inductee
A 1963 graduate of California State College, California, Pennsylvania, Dal Canton had a fastball that powered the Cal Vulcans to the District 30 title and first NAIA National tournament. Bruce held an astonishing 1.30 ERA, which remains a school and PSAC record. A fellow player in the Fayette County League, Cecil Cole, got Bruce a private workout with the Pittsburgh Pirates resulting in a contract.
Dal Canton made his major league debut with the Pirates in 1967. With the Bucs through 1970, the right-handed pitcher went 20-8 with a 3.34 ERA over 86 innings of relief. Bruce was able to fool batters with his velocity of pitches, developing a sneaky fastball and deadly curve. Traded to Kansas City in 1970, he performed as a starter. On August 14, 1972, Dal Canton set a club record retiring 23 consecutive batters. Bruce extended his career by developing a knuckleball. He pitched for the Atlanta Braves in 1976 and signed with the White Sox in 1977.
His overall MLB record was 51-49 as a relief and starter along with an overall 3.67 ERA. His career numbers are impressive for one never really scouted and a late bloomer. With the White Sox, Bruce seamlessly moved into the role of pitching coach. From 1982 through 2008, Bruce was an integral part of the Atlanta Braves organization. He was with the major league Braves as pitching coach from 1987 to 1990. He became a Braves’ organization instructor in 1991 tutoring young pitchers at Myrtle Beach.
At heart a teacher, Dal Canton got his prodigies to understand both the art and science of getting hitters out. More than 30 players under his guidance made it to the major leagues. Calm, personable, and a patient mentor, Bruce was deeply mourned at his passing by the Braves’ organization.
|Abe Everhart – Basketball / Coach, 1998 Chapter Inductee
Abe was coach of the Uniontown High School Red Raiders basketball team for 29 years. He not only taught basketball fundamentals, but was an example to his players.
Abe attended Uniontown High School playing for his father and graduating in 1930. He played some independent basketball, doing well enough to receive a scholarship to Waynesburg College, where he played, graduating in 1939. At Uniontown in ’46 as assistant football coach, accepted the head basketball coaching position in ’47. Everhart came from a coaching background. His father led the Raiders to their first state championship in 1925. Abe fashioned a great record coaching basketball, track and cross country at Uniontown.
Former player, Don Yates, observed, “Abe would let us play according to our abilities. He would not have anyone do anything that they were not capable of doing. He had a great record, but was a great coach. He took every player and put players in positions they were good at and asked no one to do more than they could do.” Another Red Raider, Pete Smith, said, “He really got into the game, but he let you play your own game.” Everhart made Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd,” and the Uniontown Boosters Association dedicated a Holiday Basketball Tournament Programs to Abe.
His career record 549-149 included four WPIAL championships and 2 PIAA titles. His ’64 team was undefeated and once won 52 games in a row, still tying a WPIAL record. His Raiders won 32 sectional titles, and at one point produced a 95-1 record between 1960-’66. Coaching 29 yrs.; 16 sectional championships (11 consecutive); tied for 1st 5 x; finished 2d 5X; finished 4th 5X; 6x to the WPIAL finals; 4 times WPIAL champs; 2X State Champs; 1947-63; had 545 wins/149 losses. The ’59-60 seasons his team went to the WPIAL finals. His 1961-62 and 1962-63 teams were WPIAL champs.