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.

Earl Birdy

Year Inducted:1985

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Ted Schmitt

Year Inducted:1985

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Nelson "Nellie" King

Year Inducted:1985

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Nellie King was a relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954-1957. After his MLB career Nellie’s natural story-telling excelled in radio as sports reporter for WHGB in Greensburgh, and later as Bob Prince’s KDKA broadcast partner for the Pirates from 1967-1975. From 1957-2004 he served as Sports Information Director and Golf Coach for Duquense University. A graduate of the Milton Hershey School, Nellie was instilled with a passion for giving back. King served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA for 25 years, raising over $1,000,000.

Lynn Kling

Year Inducted:1985

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Bill Caye

Year Inducted:1985

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Robert Lewis

Year Inducted:1985

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Michael Gene "Mike" Lucci

Year Inducted:1985

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Mike Lucci spent one year at Pitt and three at the University of Tennessee working between the lines as a middle Linebacker. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1961 and played there for 3 seasons. In 1965 he was traded to the New York Giants then, in the same deal, the Giants traded him and two others to the Detroit for Quarterback Earl Morrall. Lucci coverage abilities earned him a total of 21 career interceptions, returning four of these for touchdowns, with Detroit. He was voted by the players the Lions’ Defensive Most Valuable Player from 1969-1971. Lucci was also All-NFL in 1969, NFC All-Conference in 1970-1971 and named to the Pro Bowl in 1969. He retired following the 1963 season and worked as the color analyst on radio for the Lions from 1976 to 1978.

N. Kerr Thompson

Year Inducted:1985

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Ursinus College, played all sports, All-American football tackle. Slippery Rock University 1920-1980,
"Knute Rockne" of small college football. Coaching record: 4 undefeated seasons-1924, 1933, 1939,
1945; 126 wins, 58 losses, 11 ties. Coached basketball and baseball, served on Board of Trustees. N. Kerr Thompson Memorial Endowment Fund of $100,000 established in 1969, perpetual existence.

Sam Davis

Year Inducted:1985

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John McGrane

Year Inducted:1985

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Joseph George "Joe" Muha

Year Inducted:1985

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Joe stellar play at fullback and linebacker at VMI earned him All-American honors and the Eagles number one draft choice and second overall pick in the 1943 NFL draft. His entry into the NFL was delayed while he served with the U.S. Marine Corps Fifth Division as a First Lieutenant fighting
at Iwo Jima, receiving a battlefield promotion, and assignment to the occupying forces in Japan.
Returning to the NFL, he was known as “Joltin Joe” because of the impact of his blocks.

As a wide-ranging linebacker and the lead blocker for Steve Van Buren and Josh Pritchard, he was often the forgotten man in the Eagles backfield yet was All-Pro in 1948. When they went to two platoon football in 1950 he was again All-Pro in “50 as a linebacker. He could easily have been the Eagles first “60 Minute Man” as he was often call on to do the punting and place kicking. He held the record as the Eagles all-time leader in punting average until 2013. The post-World War Eagles were a powerful amalgam of talent and the team most often looked to Joe Muha for inspiration and guidance. He was the unspoken pillar of strength for the squad that played for each other with an unsurpassed team loyalty. He designed the rings for their two consecutive NFL titles.

When new ownership failed to deliver, Joe walked away on his own accord after the 1950 season. He returned to USC to pursue an advance degree and worked as an assistant at USC and later spent a year coaching the Chicago Cardinals. He made a full- time commitment to be a college professor and spent 15 years as an on-field official in the NFL.

Ward Murphy

Year Inducted:1985

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Dale Long

Year Inducted:1985

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John Paige

Year Inducted:1985

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L Butler Hennon

Year Inducted:1985

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From 1933-1961 he coached basketball at Wampum High School and from 1962-1971 at Ellwood City High School. Coach Hennon’s career record was 621 wins, 251 loses for a winning percentage of 70%. His teams won 16 Sectional Titles, including 12 from 1950-1961 and three State and WPIAL Championships in 1955, 1958, and 1960. His coaching successes were featured in numerous national publications throughout his career. His son, Don Hennon, the University of Pittsburgh star was one of his greatest players.