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.

Peg Saunders

Year Inducted:1975

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Joe Schmidt

Year Inducted:1975

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A native of Pittsburgh, Joe played at Brentwood High School and the University of Pittsburgh where he captained the 6-3 1952 team. As a senior he was selected a first team All-American and played in the Senior Bowl. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and joined the 1952 NFL Champions league best scoring defense.

He appeared in all 12 regular season games and help lead the Lions to the 1953 Championship and 2nd best scoring defense. In 1954, Schmidt was selected All-Pro and a spot in the Pro Bowl the first of 10 consecutive Pro Bowls in his career. In 1956, he was elected team captain, called defensive signals and was the Lions player representative. He had perhaps his best season in 1957 as the Lions won their third Championship in six years. He was selected first team All-Pro and was named the NFL Lineman of the year.

Sam Caiazza

Year Inducted:1975

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Jim Knarr

Year Inducted:1975

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Harry Sickles

Year Inducted:1975

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Joe "Muggsy" Skladany

Year Inducted:1975

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Joe took his Luzerne County gridiron talents west in 1932 and became a star at the University of Pittsburgh. He played as a sophomore for Jock Sutherland and was selected All-American in 1933 and 1934. He led a 1933 Pitt defense that held opponents to a mere two touchdowns on way to an 8-1 record. During his career at Pitt the Panthers were 24-3-2. Joe was named to the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. He became a dentist and returned to Luzerne County.

George Lamprinakos

Year Inducted:1975

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John Clinton Jr

Year Inducted:1975

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Tommy Colella

Year Inducted:1975

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Steve Szalewicz

Year Inducted:1975

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Charles "Chuck" Cooper

Year Inducted:1975

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At Pittsburgh’s Westinghouse High School, he twice won All- City basketball honors. He went to Duquesne
University where he was an All- American and played on two NIT teams and was the Dukes’ captain
his senior year.
On April 25, 1950, Chuck Cooper made history when he became the first Afro-American to be drafted by an NBA team. The Boston Celtics selected Cooper with the 13th overall pick in the second round. He also played for the Harlem Globe Trotters, Celtics, Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks and The Fort Wayne Piston

Sue Taylor

Year Inducted:1975

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Mel Cratsley

Year Inducted:1975

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Tom Trethewey

Year Inducted:1975

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Louis Del Mastro

Year Inducted:1975

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Adolph Donadeo

Year Inducted:1975

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Al Walsh

Year Inducted:1975

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Red Douds

Year Inducted:1975

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Buck McTiernan

Year Inducted:1975

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Dale Meddock

Year Inducted:1975

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