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.

Paul Bertha

Year Inducted:1979

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Andy Russell

Year Inducted:1979

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A remarkable athlete who has never missed a game during his high school, college, service, and pro football careers…A 3-year starter at Missouri…MVP as a sophomore and junior…Played in Orange, Blue Bonnet, and Southwest Challenge Bowls…Honor student…All-pro nine times with Pittsburgh Steelers…As linebacker leads or shares Steeler career high for interceptions…Made 1963 All-NFL Rookie team…1970 team MVP…Player representative…Defensive captain…Won 1973 Whizzer White Humanitarian award…Leads team in continuous service…Super star team competitor…Made NFL Fat East tour of military bases in 1968…Active in charities…Real estate investment counselor.

Al Jacks

Year Inducted:1979

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Michael Mo Scarry

Year Inducted:1979

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In 1944-45 played for Cleveland Rams. In 1945, Captain, NFL Title and named All-Pro. In 1946-47 he played on their All-American Conference title team, name captain and All-Pro. Mo spent 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Mo had starred at Waynesburg College and in 1963 he returned to become Waynesburg College Athletic Director , Head Football and Basketball Coach 1963-65. Wshington Redskins Defensive Coach 1966-68, scout for 49’rs 1969, Miami Dolphins 1970-85 – 5 Super Bowls. Named to NAIA Hall of Fame in 1964.Athlete

Burke Jones

Year Inducted:1979

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John Schmidt

Year Inducted:1979

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Nennie Campbell

Year Inducted:1979

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Angie Capuano

Year Inducted:1979

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Jerry Lynch

Year Inducted:1979

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Jerry Lynch (July 17, 1930 – March 31, 2012), was considered one of the big-league’s best all-time pinch hitters. He was an outfielder from 1954 to 1956 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, for the Cincinnati Reds from 1957 to 1963, and back with the Pirates from 1963-66. He had 116 pinch hits during his career, which ranks him 10th on the all-time list. Lynch was born in Bay City, Michigan.

After two years of military service, he made his Major League debut at age 23 on April 15, 1954 in a 7-4 Pirates' loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Lynch helped the Reds win the 1961 National League pennant. On September 26, 1961, he propelled the Reds into the World Series with his two-run home run off Cubs’ pitcher Bob Anderson, scoring Vada Pinson.

He finished 22nd in voting for the 1961 National League MVP. He was hitless in three official at bats and four plate appearances during the 1961 World Series, which the Reds lost in five games to the New York Yankees. Lynch was once quoted as saying, "The good pinch-hitter is the guy who can relax enough to get the pitch he can hit. You almost always do get one pitch to hit every time you bat. So, you have to have the patience to wait. And then you've got to be able to handle the pitch when you get it." In 13 seasons, he played in 1,184 games with 2,879 at bats, 364 runs, 798 hits, 123 doubles, 34 triples, 115 home runs, 470 RBI, 224 walks, .277 batting average, .329 on-base percentage, .463 slugging percentage and 1,334 total bases.

After his baseball career Lynch partnered with former Pirates’ teammate Dick Groat to operate the Champion Lakes Golf Course in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. He retired to the Atlanta, Georgia area in the late 1980s.

Jack Mahaffey

Year Inducted:1979

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Paul Martha

Year Inducted:1979

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Paul Martha graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh and went on to star in football and basketball at the University of Pittsburgh. He became a consensus All-American in football his third year. In 1962 he led Pitt in receiving and scoring. He led the Panthers to a 9-1 record as a senior, playing in the East-West Shrine Game, Hula Bowl and the College All-Star Game.

He was selected in the first round (10th overall) at the 1964 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his first two years he played on offense and special teams. For the next four-seasons he was a full -time safety on defense and intercepted 15 passes. After the 1969 season, he played one more year with Denver, picking off a career high 6 passes.

While playing for the Steelers he got his law degree at Duquesne University. His career path led him to Sports Management and Positions of general counsel CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins and General counsel of the San Francisco 49ers.

Glenn Davis

Year Inducted:1979

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Ray Mathews

Year Inducted:1979

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Lettered 2-years at McKeesport High School and was All-WPIAL Halfback In 1946. Lettered 4-years in both football and baseball at Clemson. Batting .406, he made All-Conference his senior season. Signed with the St. Louis Browns and spent 3 years in the Sally League. He Played 9 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and played in the All-Pro game twice. Played final year in the NFL with Dallas Cowboys. Served as an Assistant Coach with Calgary in the Canadian League and the Washington Redskins. Scouted one year with the New York jets,

Sam McDowell

Year Inducted:1979

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Sam McDowell was born September 21, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a starting pitcher in big-league baseball from 1961 to 1975, most notably for the Cleveland Indians from 1961 to 1971. After short stints with the Giants and Yankees, he finished his career with the Pirates in 1975. A six-time All-Star (1965,’66, ‘68-71) McDowell led the American League in strikeouts five times (1965,’66, ‘68-70). At 6’ 5” and powerfully built, his left-handed fastball was delivered with an unusually calm pitching motion which led to his memorable nickname, “Sudden Sam.”
McDowell finished with 2,453 career strikeouts and an average of 8.86 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. At the time of his retirement, his strikeout rate was bested by only two pitchers, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax. His ratio of 7.03 hits allowed per nine innings also places him ninth all-time as of 2011. McDowell ranks eighth all time on the list of career ten+ strikeout games with 74, tied with Bob Gibson. His 2,159 strikeouts as an Indian place him second all-time on the team's career list, behind Bob Feller. In four of his All-Star appearances, McDowell struck out twelve NL All-Stars over eight innings, and was the losing pitcher (in relief) in the 1965 game.
Drinking was an issue during his career, eventually leading him to Pittsburgh’s Gateway Rehab. He followed with earning a degree from the University of Pittsburgh in sports psychology and addiction. He became a counselor for MLB teams and works as a consultant with the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT) and the Major League Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA).

Dr Charles F. West

Year Inducted:1979

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Graduated from Washington High School where he lettered 4 years in both football and track. All WPIAL 3 years in football, Graduated from W&J, where he played all back field positions, defensive safety and punt returner. Quarterbacked W&J in 1922 Rose Bowl (0-0) tie with California, Won 1923 and 1924 U.S. Pentathlon at Penn Relays. Earned a position on 1924 U.S. Olympic Team. Voted America’s “Most Outstanding Athlete in 1923 for Football and Track”. Coached Howard University.

Darrell Hess

Year Inducted:1979

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