For the past 58 years, the Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame has honored and inducted over 735 incredible men and women who have made a lasting impact in Pennsylvania through extraordinary athletic achievement and contributions. Whether these activities have been achieved on or off the field, we honor them here.
Bill was born in Wilkinsburg, PA in 1886.
He made his major league debut in 1907with the Pittsburgh Pirates, appearing in three games. He reemerged again in 1910 in a more substantial role substantially at third base. He played for the Pirates in 1907, 1910 to 1912, 1918 and 1920. Over this period, he also played for six other major league clubs.
In 846 games over 11 seasons he posted a .251 batting average; with 319 runs, 8 home runs and 240 RBIs. Following his playing days McKechnie managed for a year in the minors before taking over the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1922.
He managed the Pirates (1922-1926), St. Louis Cardinals (1928-1929), Boston Braves (1930-1937) and Cincinnati Reds (1938-1946). He compiled a record of 1,896 wins and 1,723 losses. His teams won four National League pennants (1925.’28.’39 and ’40).
He is the only National League Manager to win pennants with three teams (Pittsburgh, St Louis, and Cincinnati).
Lloyd James “Little Poison” Waner
Lloyd James Waner (March 16, 1906 – July 22, 1982) nicknamed “Little Poison,” was a big-league center fielder. His small stature at 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) and 132 pounds (68 kg) made him one of the smallest players of his era. Along with his brother, Paul Waner, he anchored the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield throughout the 1920s and 1930s. After brief stints with four other teams (Braves, Reds, Phillies, Dodgers) late in his career, Waner retired as a Pirate. Waner finished with a batting average over .300 in ten seasons. He earned a selection to the All-Star game in 1938. Lloyd with 2,459 hits and Paul Waner with 3,152 hits set the record for career hits by brothers in major league baseball. Lloyd was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1967. He worked as a scout for the Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles after retiring as a player.
Dr Micheal Zernich
Ferdinand Henry John "Fritzie" Zivic
Ferdinand Henry John (Fritzie) Zivcich (Zivic) was an American boxer of Croatian descent who held the World Welterweight Championship from October 4, 1940 until July 29, 1941. As a young man, he followed the example of his four elder brothers who boxed and became known as the “Fighting Zivics”. He lost to Billy Conn, 1939 World Light-Heavyweight Champion, before 5,163 In a ten-round split decision at the Duquesne Gardens in Pittsburgh. In January 1939, Zivic defeated Jackie Burke, former Utah Intermountain and Pacific Southwest Welter-Weight title holder in 1939 and avenged a loss to former Junior Welterweight Champ Johnny Judick with a sixth round knockout. He defeated another Pittsburgh boxer, Sammy Angott in an elimination match to determine who would face Henry Armstrong for the World Welterweight Title noted above. Fritzie received a $3,200 Purse for his win, his biggest ever.