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.

Dr Henry Clifford "Doc" Carlson

Year Inducted:1969

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Doc is a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. He was the men’s basketball coach of his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh from 1922 – 1953. At Pitt, he compiled a record of 367-247 (.595). His 1927 team was 27-0 and was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Roll. His 1929-30 team was Also name national Champion for the 1928-30 by the Helms Foundation. His 1941 squad made the 1941 Final Four.

As an athlete at Pitt, Carlson was an All-America end in football and lettered in basketball. At Pitt, Doc earned three letters in basketball, two in baseball and four in football.

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Jack Twyman

Year Inducted:1969

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After failing three times to make his team at Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the late 1940’s. He went on to be a star at the University of Cincinnati and averaged 19 points a game in an 11-year NBA career with the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals. He joined the Royals in 1956. Although not great friends, He became the legal guardian of teammate Maurice Stokes After stokes suffered a head injury in 1958 and was paralyzed the final final 12 years of his life.

Edward J. "Eddie" McCluskey

Year Inducted:1969

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Bob Friend

Year Inducted:1969

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(November 24, 1930 – February 3, 2019) was a right-handed big-league pitcher between 1951 and 1966 (197-230), most notably as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. A four-time All-Star (1956,1958, 1960), Friend was an integral member of the Pirates team that defeated the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. Known as a workhorse pitcher who would go nine innings, he had 1,734 career strikeouts. With Vernon Law, especially in 1960, he was considered part of the best 1-2 combination in baseball. He played for the New York Yankees and New York Mets in his final season of 1966. As of 2019, he still held Pirates records for career innings pitched and strikeouts. He is the first man to lead the league in ERA while pitching for a last place team.

Dick Groat

Year Inducted:1969

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One of the finest athletes of his time. Groat played shortstop for the Pirates for nine years (1952, 1955-62), sparking the team to a world championship in 1960 when he led the team in hitting with a .325 average and was named MVP. Groat posted a .286 over his 14-year major league career, batting ,300 or better four times. A graduate of Swissvale High School Dick was an All-American In Baseball and Basketball at Duke University.
A six foot Guard, he led the nation in scoring his senior season, averaging 26 points per game. He played one season in the NBA before making baseball his career.