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.

Mel Blount

Year Inducted:2012

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Mel was inducted into The Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Drafted in the 3rd round (1970) out of Southern University, a starter in 1972 and, became the prototype cornerback of his era. He possessed the ideal size, speed and quickness, plus the toughness and mental ability to adjust to coverage as the rules changed. He was All-Pro four years; Defensive Player-of-the-year in 1975, leading the league with 11 interceptions. He played in four Super Bowls, 200 of 201 regular season games with 57 career interceptions (736 yards) for two touchdowns and 13 fumble recoveries for two more.

Bob Kopnisky

Year Inducted:2012

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Bob graduated from Shaler High School, where he was a Pennsylvania State Champion in Wrestling in 1961 and received a wrestling scholarship to the University of Maryland. At Maryland, he continued to excel on the mat winning an NCAA National Wrestling Championship in 1965. He was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Champion and was twice named the ACC’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

After college, he continued to gain wrestling notoriety as a wrestling coach in the state of Indiana. He has been inducted into the PA State Wrestling Coaches, Indiana High School Wrestling, University of Maryland and Missouri, and the Shaler Area Halls of Fame. He was USA Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2010.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/DHir-0aHf4U

Dan Cardone

Year Inducted:2012

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Dan was a three sports standout at Hampton High School and graduated from Grove City College in 1974. He has been involved in coaching at the high school and college levels and done film evaluations and scouting at the professional level with the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, it has been in high school athletic administration that he has found his true niche.

Besides working as the Athletic Director at North Hills High School; he is a National Sportsmanship Director of the Institute for International Sports and named a Sports Ethics Fellow in 2010 by that organization, chaired the 100th Anniversary Committee of the WPIAL, is an officer of the WPIAL Board of Control, and leads Leadership Summits across the nation.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/bQT-I6AU3C0

Larry Lucchino

Year Inducted:2012

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Larry was a graduate of Taylor Alderdice High School, Princeton University, and Princeton Law School. He is a 22 year veteran of Major League Baseball having served the as President/CEO of the Baltimore Orioles (1989-1993), San Diego Padre (1995-2001), and Boston Red Sox (2001-present). In addition to running championship franchises and setting attendance records, Frank has earned a legacy for creating ballparks that have transformed the ballparks role; in the fan experience, its influence on franchise value, and its place in the community.

He is only the second President/CEO to win pennants in two different franchises in two leagues. He got his start in sports as Legal Counsel with the Washington Redskins and has received numerous sport and community awards and Honorary Doctorates.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/tB1iQU1-yjw

Ed Manning

Year Inducted:2012

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Ed played football at McKeesport High School (’58) and, after a brief stint at Wichita University and with the Pittsburgh Ironmen he became one of the Pittsburgh area’s most consummate football officials. He worked the game at every level and just missed an opportunity at the NFL (working one year as a Replay Official). While officiating high school and small college he also worked in the United States Football League from 1983-1986 and the World Football League in 1991.

He was a Big Ten official from 1990-1999 and worked the Sugar and Blockbuster Bowls, and the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics. He worked in the Arena League for 13 years, officiating four Arena Bowl Championship Games. He also was a NCAA College Basketball official for 18 years.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/LmJpi79ACDI

Ed McCloskey

Year Inducted:2012

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Ed is a 1956 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Mt. Oliver and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1964, playing in the 1961 NAIA World Series. He has spent most of his adult life in coaching all levels of baseball from little league to college, with championship teams at every level. He started in the sandlot with North Pittsburgh and then Mt. Lebanon High school from 1975 -1979 and 1991-1999 garnering 227 wins, 10 section Championships, two WPIAL Titles and one PIAA Title.

Two ex-players, Dan Kelly and Josh Wilson are in the majors. Ed has conducted a baseball school for 15 years and is a frequent speaker at major baseball clinics.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/aWQ2ZXlNp9c

George Mihalik

Year Inducted:2012

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George graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in 1970 and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1974. At Slippery Rock, he was a three year letter winner and quarterback of the 1972 and 1973 PSAC Championship teams. He joined the SRU coaching staff in 1977 as the QB coach and in 1988 became head coach. During his 24 years as head coach he has an SRU career leading 161 wins which places him 12th among active NCAA Division II coaches.

George has five PSAC Western Division titles, three Coach of the Year honors, and has been inducted into the SRU Athletic Hall of Fame, Cambria, and Butler County Sports Halls of Fame. On September 10, 2011, the SRU Football Stadium was changed to Mihalik -Thompson Stadium.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/R-O4_746-ao

Baron "B B" Flenory

Year Inducted:2012

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B.B. was a household name for local basketball pundits in the early 1970’s. He starred at Valley High School (’76) and took his considerable hardwood talent to Duquesne University (’80). He scored 81 points in a junior high game, holds the Valley single-game record at 52, and scored 1,896 points in his three-year career. Among his many honors were; All-WPIAL, WPIAL MVP, and First Team All-State his junior and senior seasons. His senior year he was voted State MVP and was a Parade Magazine All-American. At Duquesne, he started as a freshman, but only played three years due to injury. He graduated in Duquesne’s top five players in scoring and assists and was First-Team All-Atlantic 10 his junior (leading scorer) and senior seasons. He played professionally in Caracus, Venezuela for five seasons.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/UUaMSF_38PU

Jimmy Flynn

Year Inducted:2012

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Jimmy graduated from Central Catholic High School where he excelled as a football player and sprinter on the track squad. He took his considerable skills to the University of Delaware, where he was a four-year letter winner in football and finished his career as Delaware’s second leading rusher. However, his greatest achievements and recognition at Delaware occurred as a sprinter in track.

His record for the 50-yard dash on a dirt track still stands; he ran a leg on the mile relay team’s record setting performance at the Penn Relays. He has been inducted into the State of Delaware’s Track and Field Hall of Fame and Sports Museum, and the University of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/flOvcJmu13U

Babe Parelli

Year Inducted:2012

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Born in Rochester, PA in 1929, ‘Babe” went on to star as quarterback on the 1948 10-0 team and earned a scholarship to the University of Kentucky. In three years as the starting QB for Bear Bryant’s Wildcats, he led them to 27 victories including victories in the 1951 Sugar, and 1952 Cotton Bowl Games. A two-time first-team All-American, he was MVP of the 1952 College All-Star game, and a first round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers.

Babe played 16 years of professional football and enjoyed his most successful seasons with the Boston Patriots in the AFL, ending his career as back-up to Joe Namath with the 1963 Super Bowl Champion New York Jets. He later coached in the NFL including a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1u9wYB_zrk

Ray Goss

Year Inducted:2012

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For 44 years, Ray has been the radio play-by-play”Voice” of the Duquesne University men’s basketball team, the longest in the Pittsburgh area and fourth nationally among active sports announcers. Ray has been honored with a Golden Quill and placed second in Pennsylvania for his play-by-play work in major market stations. He has broadcast over 3,000 sports events on radio and television. Ray lettered in basketball and baseball at Scott Twp. High School and tennis at Duquesne.

A lifelong tennis player he has coached the Indiana High School Girls Tennis team the past four seasons. Ray has been elected to the Duquesne University and Indiana County Sports Halls of Fame. In 2008 he authored a book entitled “Misadventures in Broadcasting” – zany stories of 50 plus years of broadcasting.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/k0GnNeuaEUY