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.

Bill Hillgrove

Year Inducted:1996

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Broadcaster Pitt: Football color 1970-73, play-by-play 1974 to present; basketball play-by-play 1969 to present. Pittsburgh Steelers: play-by-play 1994 to present. WTAE: TV weekend sports anchor 1974-78, and nightly sports anchor 1979-95. Majors, Sherill, Fazio, Gottfried and Hackett TV Shows 1973-93. Golden Quill Award 1978 and 1983 – golf coverage. Pa. Assoc. Broadcasters Award, Bob Prince Award 1993 and Variety Club “Man of the Year” 1982.

Bill Shay

Year Inducted:1996

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Union High School basketball 38 years. Record: 638 wins, 289 losses: 11 League Championships, 9 District Championships, twice State runner-up. Coach of the Year numerous times. Played baseball at Wilkinsburg High School and Clarion University. Clarion University: scored 1200 points in 3 years, undefeated State Champs 1952. Drafted by Baltimore Bullets of NBA. Golf coach 26 years. One of the winningest basketball coaches in PA history. Member of the Clarion University Hall of Fame and Mayor of Rimersburg.

Donald "Dutch" Stemmerich

Year Inducted:1996

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Union High School basketball 38 years. Record: 638 wins, 289 losses: 11 League Championships, 9 District Championships, twice State runner-up. Coach of the Year numerous times. Played baseball at Wilkinsburg High School and Clarion University. Clarion University: scored 1200 points in 3 years, undefeated State Champs 1952. Drafted by Baltimore Bullets of NBA. Golf coach 26 years. One of the winningest basketball coaches in PA history. Member of the Clarion University Hall of Fame and Mayor of Rimersburg.

Rennie Stennett

Year Inducted:1996

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Major League -11 years: 9 with Pirates. Top defensive second baseman. Made Major League debut in 1971 and hit .353 in 50 games. 1974 led National League at 2nd base in putouts, was second in assists and double plays and handled 410 consecutive chances without an error. September 6, 1975 set modern record going 7 for 7. Added 5 more hits in next 2 games, setting record for most hits in 3 straight games. Appeared in 4 National League Championship Series and 1 World Series (1979).

Rev. Harold "Hooks" Tinker Jr

Year Inducted:1996

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Center fielder and Manager with Pittsburgh Crawfords 1927-1930. Life time average In the Negro League over .300 (1923-1931). Teammate of Satchel Page and Josh Gibson. Known as a defensive stalwart throughout his career. Player-Coach with the Edgar Works Field Club, the Westinghouse Field Club and Terrace Village for forty years. Manager Terrace Village 1949-50. Early career with Keystone Juniors.

Mel Nash

Year Inducted:1996

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Gold Medals at International, National, and State levels. 1971 won Pan-Am Games Gold Medal and U.S. Senior National Championship in 100m backstroke and ranked 3rd in world. 8 year All American: Gateway High School and Indiana University. Indiana University team won NCAA Division I National title. WPIAL Swimmer of the Year. State records in 100 yard backstroke,200 yard IM, Medley and Freestyle Relays (last to be broken in 1992). Holds record in Master Swimming. Coach: Texas A & M.

Bill Fralic

Year Inducted:1996

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All-WPIAL, Big 33 and Parade All-American (MVP) out of Penn Hills High School. Four-year starter, All-East, All-American and Lombardi, Outland and Heisman Trophy finalist while with University of Pittsburgh. Selected to sportswriters’ “Best of the Last 25 Years” and Playboy All-Time All-American Team. A 1999 Inductee National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
#1 NFL draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons; eight year All Pro Bowl, 1987 NFL Lineman of the Year.

Penn Hills High School football & wrestling: 4 year letterman, All WPIAL, All State, Big 33, Parade All-American (MVP Lineman). University of Pittsburgh: 4 year starter, All East All American, Lombardi & Outland Trophy & Heisman Trophy finalist, Football Writers Association of America best of last 25 years choice. Playboy Magazine all time All American Team. #1 draft choice Atlanta Falcons. Numerous Rookie of Year Teams, NFL offensive lineman of year, MVP 1987, 4 time Pro-Bowl. 8 years with Atlanta, 1 year with Detroit Lions.

Dr. George "Doc" Medich

Year Inducted:1996

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Hopewell High School, 1966: football, basketball, baseball. Pitt: football & baseball 1966-70. Minor League Baseball: New York Yankees 1970-72. Major League Baseball: 1972-82-Yankees, Pirates, A’s, Mariners, Mets, Rangers, and Brewers. Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame 1987. Orthopedic Surgeon, Chief of Surgery Aliquippa Hospital 1994-present.

Dr. Ron O'Brien

Year Inducted:1996

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Diving coach 33 years. Oliver High School: 2nd in state high school diving championships 1955. Ohio State
University: NCAA 1 meter champion and U.S. National 3 meter champion. NCAA All American 3 times. Coaching: 7 times U.S. Olympic Team Diving Coach, 13 times Coach of the Year. Member of International Swimming Hall of Fame 1985 and Ohio State University Hall of Fame 1985. Divers have won 5 Olympic gold medals, 3 silver and 3 bronze. Also 8 World Championship gold medals and 130 U.S. National Championships.

Elmer B. Guckert

Year Inducted:1996

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Brashear High School, Fifth Avenue High School, Stoneycreek High School. Record: 10 City Championships, 3 Western PA Championships, 1 State Runner-up, 3 -1st. round, 2 State Championships. Coached Sam Clancy, Dwight Clay, Wynorris Banks. PIAA Official: basketball, baseball, softball. Post Gazette Basketball Coach of the Year-4 times. Also coached swimming, baseball and cross country (3 times City Championship).

Dale Hamer

Year Inducted:1996

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National Football League Official 1978 -present. Referee: 1989 -present, Head Linesman 1980 -88, Line Judge 1978 -79. 14 play-off games including Super Bowl XVII & XXII-Head Linesman. Super Bowl XXVII Alternate Referee. College Football 1968 -77-1 00+ games, High School 1963 -77-300+ games. High school and college basketball official 1962 -79. Michael Duda Award -Athletic Achievement at California University 1988. 1991 AFC Championship game referee. Currently Vice-President Professional Football Referees Association