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.

Richard Bestwick

Year Inducted:1997

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Head football coach U of Virginia 1975-82. Asst coach: Penn State 1952-53, Pitt, S Carolina, Georgia Tech, Dallas Cowboys 1982-83, Westminster, Oberlin College 1962-75. High School head coach: Montoursville, North Huntingdon, Grove City 1953-62. Athletic Director at S. Carolina 1988-89. Distinguished American Award -National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame, ACC Coach of the Year ’79, four times Coach of Year awards in high school. All southern UNCI sophomore. All WPIAL Sharon H.S.

Doug Buffone

Year Inducted:1997

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Chicago Bears 13 yrs: 187 games–4th highest for linebacker in NFL; 142 consecutive games–team record’ 24 interceptions–linebacker team record; 37 career sacks; 1250 career tackles; 7 years defensive captain. University of Louisville: All Missouri Valley Conference; Senior Bowl–Outstanding lineman ’65; A.P. Second Team All American; most tackles–University of Louisville record. Fourth round draft pick–Chicago Bears.

Tom Clements

Year Inducted:1997

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Notre Dame: quarterback 1973-75; ’74 National Championship over Alabama-­Sugar Bowl; ’74 MVP; football college All-American ’75. Canadian Football League 1975-87: Ottawa, Hamilton, Winnipeg; League MVP ’87; 2 time All-Pro selection; 7 times All-Conference selection; over 39,000 passing yds. NFL: Kansas City ’80. Canevin H S: All-American 1970, 71; led Canevin to PA Catholic Basketball championship ’69–record 25-0. Roundball Classic PA Squad ’71. AP, UPI, and Kodak College Football All-American 1975.

Robert "Tick" Cloherty

Year Inducted:1997

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Tick proudly served in the US Marine Corps from 1955 to 1958, where he played intra-servi ces football. He was a 4-time first team PSAC offensive and defensive tackle (1958-’61) at Clarion State College and was named co-captain in 1961. Tick was an assistant football coach at Penn Hills High School from the 1962 -’65 seasons. He was named School District Business Manager, first for the Swissvale (1970 -’79) and then for the Woodland Hills (1979 -’92) and served as President of the Pennsylvania School Business Managers Association for the 1985-86 school year. He was inducted into the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the East Boros Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame in ’94, and the Western Chapter in ’97.Tick was also inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in 2017. He was a WPIAL football official for 35 years and basketball official for 25 years.Tick served as President of the West Penn Basketball Officials in 1994. He was the Assigning Secretary for the Eastern Association of Interscholastic Football Officials (PIAA) for 9 years. He was also President of the Eastern Intercollegiate Football Officials Association from 1992 to 2000.Tick served as the Commissioner of WPIAL Quad AAAA Football Officials from 2000 to ’14 and was the Heinz Field scoreboard operator for all Pitt and Steelers home football games from 2000 to 2012. He served as President of the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for 30 years from 1987 to 2016, overseeing the enshrinement of 407 Western Chapter inductees and 72 PA Sports Hall of Fame inductees from his chapter during that period. Tick also served as PA Sports Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board for 4 years. In 2016 the Western Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame was renamed the Robert “Tick” Cloherty -Western Chapter in his honor

Dave Maurer

Year Inducted:1997

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Head football coach Wittenberg University 1969-83. OAC champions 7 years, National Champions twice and National runner-up twice. Record: 129-23-3. Assistant football coach 1955-68. Ohio Athletic Conference champions 6 times, National Champions twice. Coached swimming, track, golf. OAC Golf champions 4 times. Athletic Director 1973-82. In 1973 was first coach to lead a football team to official NCAA championship. College Football Hall of fame inductee.

Lloyd Voss

Year Inducted:1997

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Played on last 6-man football team in Minnesota 1960. Minnesota All-Star game 1960. University of Nebraska 1960-64. All-Big 8 in 1964, College All ­Star Game in Chicago vs Bears 1964, Senior Bowl & All American Game 1964. First round draft choice Green Bay 1964, Steelers 1966-71, Denver Broncos 1972. Inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame 1996

Bill Miller

Year Inducted:1997

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19 years as Clarion University Swimming Coach: 19 year Men’s dual meet record 140-34 (80.5% winning rate); 10 year Women’s record 71-18 (79.8 winning rate): 15 Men’s PSAC Championships in 19 years; 10 Women’s PSAC titles in 10 years. PSAC Coach of the Year 1997,96,95,94,93,92,91. NCAA Coach of the Year 1992. Seneca Valley and Norwin High School Coach 161-40 (80%); 6 section titles and one WPIAL Championship. Western PA Coach of the Year 1966 & ’74. B.S. and M.S. from Slippery Rock University.

John Tito Francona

Year Inducted:1997

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Played 15 years as a Major League outfielder and was selected to play in the 1961 All Star Game as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Lifetime batting average–272. Led the American League in doubles in 1960. 1959 unofficial American League batting champion 363. His son Terry Francona is manager of Philadelphia Phillies.

Dan Galbreath

Year Inducted:1997

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He and his family owned Pittsburgh Pirates for 40 years, from 1946 until 1985. During that time the Pirates were World Champions in 1960, ’71, and ’79. Pirates were also Eastern Division Champions in 1970, ’72, ’74, and ’75. Succeeded his father as President of the Pirates in 1971. Dan’s commitment to keeping major league baseball in Pittsburgh resulted in the sale of the team to a public-private ownership group in 1985.

Frank "Bucky" Pope III

Year Inducted:1997

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Los Angeles Rams 1964-’67, Green Bay 1968. 8th Round Draft Pick; NFL Player of Week 1964; unanimous All-Rookie team NFL 1964; 10 TD passes 1964-led league. Catawba College 1964: NAIA All-District Football and Basketball-Junior and Senior years. ;Williamson All-American Football 1963; Capitol Theater Award (oldest award in State of North Carolina); Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame 1978. Crafton High School: All WPIAL Football Class A 1958; All Section WPIAL: Basketball Junior and Senior years. Player of Year 1958-59.

John Guzik

Year Inducted:1997

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Cecil H S 1954: football &basketball. University of Pittsburgh: OG/LB 3 yr letter winner, MVP senior year. All east, Sports Illustrated “Lineman of Week” twice. UPI, Look, Time & Sporting News voted him on every All-American team. Voted ·College Lineman of Year” by Football Writers Assoc. Played in & captained East-West Shrine, Hula Bowl & College All-Star Games. Drafted by LA Rams 1959, All Rookie team. Played for Houston Oilers.

Ken Herock

Year Inducted:1997

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Munhall H.S. in Western PA 1955-59; Football-All Conference, Volleyball, Basketball, and Baseball. West Virginia University 1959-1963; Tight-End 3 years starter. All-Conference, WVU Sports Hall of Fame, 1960’s All-Decade Team. Drafted by Oakland Raiders, 1963-1967, starting TE 1963-1965; Cincinnati Bengals 1968 starting TE; New England Patriots 1969 back-up TE/LB. Oakland Raiders 1970-1976; Scout, Coach, Personnel Director; Tampa Bay Bucs 1976-1986; Personnel Director (drafted Steve Young) Atlanta Falcons 1987-1996; Vice-President of player Personnel (drafted Bret Favre & Deon Sanders); Senior Executive of football Operations; Oakland Raiders 1997-1998, Green Bay Packers 1998-2001.