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.

Fran Rogel

Year Inducted:1972

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Attended North Braddock Scott High School - All WPIAL 1944-45; Penn State; Look All-American 1948; Pittsburgh Steelers 1950-57; All-Pro 1956; Had most yards rushing for Steelers 5 out of 8 years with Steelers. Then coached high school.

Phil Bridenbaugh

Year Inducted:1972

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Hon. John Brosky

Year Inducted:1972

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Nate Kaufman

Year Inducted:1972

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Al Slack

Year Inducted:1972

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Charles Kunkie

Year Inducted:1972

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Roger Latham

Year Inducted:1972

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Johnny Coleman

Year Inducted:1972

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Vee S. Toner

Year Inducted:1972

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Women’s Division, Pennsylvania Woman of the Year (Chairman, AMA, Co-USAm Allegheney Mountain Tennis, Women’s Advisory, Umpires Committee); Umpire, USTA at Wimbeldon, Whitemarsh and Federation Cups; Olympic Official, Pan American Games; Swimming Manager, USA Olympics ‘team, Melbourne, Australia, 1956; Bremen Germany, 1975; Holland & France, 1981; Honors – Optimist Club, Chamber of Commerce, AAU- AMA,AAU-USA, Layman Honor Award, Dapper Dan Club.

Paul Uram

Year Inducted:1972

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Art Varney

Year Inducted:1972

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Yans Wallace

Year Inducted:1972

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Creed Westfall

Year Inducted:1972

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Goldie Edwards

Year Inducted:1972

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Al Wiggins

Year Inducted:1972

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Ed Witzberger

Year Inducted:1972

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Bruno Ferrari

Year Inducted:1972

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Dr Hank Zeller

Year Inducted:1972

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Played in the N.I.T. at W.& J. before going to the University of Pittsburgh where he was a Letterman of Distinction. An All-American, leading scorer and captain in 1946. Played professionally in the American Basketball League in 1946. Starting center in first East-West Game at Madison Square Gardens and scored winning field goal. Naval Surgical Unit in the Korean conflict.

Theodore "Ted" Page

Year Inducted:1972

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Ted Page (April 22, 1903 - December 1, 1984), nicknamed "Terrible Ted", was a baseball player from 1923 to 1937. Page played for numerous Negro League teams, including the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. He was born in Glasgow, Kentucky in 1903. In his early years, Page said that he had no awareness of racial differences. His family moved to Youngstown, Ohio when he was nine and they lived in a neighborhood largely composed of families of European descent. He said that many of his childhood friends were Polish and Italian.
In 1923, Page signed with the Toledo Tigers, but he was cut before playing a game. Over the next several seasons, he played for the Newark Stars, Brooklyn Royal Giants, and Baltimore Black Sox.
Page played with the Homestead Grays in 1930 and 1931. He moved on to the Pittsburgh Crawfords, where he batted in front of Cool Papa Bell.
In 1934, popular major league pitcher Dizzy Dean assembled a team of major league players and a team of Negro League players to tour large metropolitan areas and play exhibition games against each other. The Negro League team included Page, Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Buck Leonard, Jud "Boojum" Wilson and Cool Papa Bell. The major league team included Paul Dean, Larry French and a retired Hack Wilson. Page said that his team won seven out of nine matchups.
After retiring from baseball, Page operated a bowling alley in Pittsburgh. Tragically, he was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat on December 1, 1984. Jeffrey Sullivan, 20, was charged with his murder. Sullivan had performed yard work for Page and said that Page owed him money. Sullivan was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.
In August 2013, the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project announced that it would hold a ceremony to mark Page's grave at Allegheny Cemetery in Pennsylvania. His ashes were thought to have been lost, but they were located in a community cellar at the cemetery. During his later life, Page raised money to mark the grave of Negro League star Josh Gibson at the same cemetery.

Frank Pollak

Year Inducted:1972

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