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.

Roger Rossi

Year Inducted:1973

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Dick Rydze

Year Inducted:1973

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Dick is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and the University of Michigan where he had an outstanding career in the sport of Diving. He was the Big Ten Conference Diving Champion in 1971 and the winner of the prestigious Big Ten Scholar/Athlete Award. His skill off the boards also brought him a Silver Medal at the 1971 Pan Am Games. He also won the Silver Medal at the 1972 Olympic Games. During his career, he was a USA National Diving Champion seven times. He remains active in his sport as a sponsor of the Dick Rydze Divers in Ames, Iowa. He is presently a team physician with his home town Pittsburgh Steelers.

John Brannon

Year Inducted:1973

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Jimmy Jordan

Year Inducted:1973

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Danny Seemiller

Year Inducted:1973

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Harton Semple

Year Inducted:1973

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Charles Burley

Year Inducted:1973

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Truett "Rip" Sewell

Year Inducted:1973

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"Rip" Sewell (May 11, 1907 – September 3, 1989) was a right-handed starting pitcher for 13 years in the majors with the Detroit Tigers (1932) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1938–1949). Sewell was selected four times to the National League All-Star team (1943–1946) and is credited with inventing the "Eephus pitch," a very high-arching off-speed pitch. The delivery from the pitcher has very low velocity and usually catches the hitter off-guard. With a high-arching trajectory, it resembles a slow-pitch softball delivery than to a traditional baseball pitch. In 1937, the Pittsburgh Pirates bought Sewell's contract from the minor league Buffalo Bisons. In 1940, Sewell worked his way into the Pirates' starting rotation and went 16–5 in 33 games with a 2.80 ERA. His .762 winning percentage was third best in the NL, and he finished #25 in the 1940 NL MVP voting. In 1941, Sewell's record fell to 14–17, and his ERA rose to 3.72. Using the blooper pitch, Sewell became one of the best pitchers in baseball. He won 17 games in 1942 and followed with 21-win seasons in both 1943 and 1944. His best season was 1943, when he led the major leagues with 21 wins and 23 complete games. His record was 21–9 (.700 winning percentage) with a career-low 2.54 ERA (4th in the NL). Sewell was a critic of the American Baseball Guild, the players' union that attempted to organize after World War II. In June 1946, he led Pirate players against the union, and was reported as saying that he was "glad the owners had finally told these ungrateful players where to get off. First, they wanted the hamburger, then filet mignon, eventually the cow and the entire pasture." In a 13-year major league career, in 390 games and 243 games started, Sewell compiled a 143–97 won-loss record, a .596 winning percentage with a 3.48 ERA. In 21191⁄3 innings pitched, he recorded 636 strikeouts. A good hitting pitcher in his career, he recorded a .203 batting average (152-for-750) with 81 runs, 6 home runs, 59 RBI and 37 bases on balls. In 1943 and '44, he had 17 and 12 RBI respectively. In 1943 and '45, he hit .286 and .313.

William Campbell

Year Inducted:1973

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Perce Siverd

Year Inducted:1973

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Don Smith

Year Inducted:1973

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Charles Chuck Cherundolo

Year Inducted:1973

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Played football at Old Valley Forge High School and Penn State, earning All-American honors. Played center for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1938 -1948. His time with the Steelers was interrupted by a hitch in the U.S. Navy. He was All-Pro with the Steelers for three seasons. Chuck was an assistant coach with the Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears. His career of playing and coaching spanned four decades.

Roberto Clemente

Year Inducted:1973

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(August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Puerto Rican right-fielder who played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall Fame in 1973, becoming both the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined. His untimely death established the precedent that, as an alternative to the five-year waiting period, a player who has been deceased for at least six months is eligible for Hall of Fame induction. Clemente was a 13-time All Star and was the 1966 National League Most Valuable Player. He won NL batting titles in 1961, 1964, 1965, and 1967 and was a Gold Glove Award winner for 12 consecutive seasons from 1961 through 1972. Clemente batted .300 13 times and achieved 3000 hits during his career. He was a two-time World Series champion and World Series MVP in 1971, when he batted .414 for the Series. Clemente was involved in charity work during the off-seasons, delivering baseball equipment, food, and supplies to those in need. He died tragically in a plane crash on one of these humanitarian missions, delivering aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims on New Year’s Eve 1972. The following season the Pirates retired Clemente’s number, and MLB renamed its annual Commissioner’s Award in his honor. Now known as the Roberto Clemente Award, the honor is given to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team.”

Stan Madeya

Year Inducted:1973

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James Curzi

Year Inducted:1973

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Frank S. Mathers

Year Inducted:1973

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An American Hockey League record five -time first string All-Star. Played 3 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs, 8 years with the Pittsburgh Hornets, 6 years with the Hershey Bears, Coached Hershey Bears for 17 seasons, Coaching 3 Calder Cup Championship Teams. Considered Dean of American Hockey League Coaches.

John Deni

Year Inducted:1973

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Woody McDaniel

Year Inducted:1973

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Tut Melman

Year Inducted:1973

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Football and basketball official. One of founders of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Served as President, Vice President, Director. One of the founders of the Western Chapter of the P.S.H.F. Inducted into the Western Chapter, P.S.H.F. Dapper Dan Service Award. Football Coach of The Year Clinic. Officiated High School and Major College basketball and football, 35 years. President, original member Collegiate Football and Basketball Officials.

John Williams

Year Inducted:1973

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