The Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter is the largest of thirty affiliated chapters across the state that comprise the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. The state organization is divided into four regions with our Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter being one of six affiliates that comprise the Western Region.

The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame was formed in 1962 and the following year two Western Pennsylvania sports legends from our chapter; Stan Musial and Harold “Pie” Traynor were enshrined with the inaugural State Class of 1963. Our own organization known initially as the Western Chapter, was chartered by the state in 1962. The Western chapter supported Western Inductees at State Dinners from 1963 – 1970 before holding their first Chapter Ceremonial Dinner in 1971 and thus, this banquet marks our milestone 51th anniversary Ceremonial. In 2016 our Executive Board rechristened and rechartered the chapter to honor our long-time leader, Robert “Tick” Cloherty, who had served as our Chapter President from 1987– 2016 and who this day continues to provide valuable leadership to our Board.

2023 Robert “Tick” Cloherty Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Frame’s Induction Ceremonial Dinner will be held on

April 22, 2023, at the Pittsburgh Sheraton at Station Square.


Dorin Dickerson          Football Player

Tanisha Wright            Basketball Player

Greg Meisner                Football Player

Willie Thrower             Football Player (Deceased)

Lousaka Polite              Football Player

Rose Semplice              Scholastic/Amateur Hockey (Deceased)

Paul Seneca                   Basketball Coach

David Fink                     Champion Handball Player

Bill McGregor                Football Coach

Jerry Schmitt                  Football Coach

Since 1971 and including this year’s Class, our Robert “Tick” Cloherty-Western Chapter has inducted a grand total of 747 notable area sports figures, 157 of whom have subsequently been enshrined among the 745 total inductees into our state’s Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame as well. Our Chapter’s annual induction ceremonial banquet is a celebratory gathering of hundreds of inductee family members and friends plus a star-studded assemblage of past inductees and “just plain” sports fans, all of whom attend each event to celebrate yet another group of outstanding Western Pennsylvania athletes.

Chapter membership is open to all and our annual fee is $10.00. We rely on your annual dues submissions to enable us to continue honoring these outstanding sports celebrities, so please choose either to become a first-time member or to renew your current membership by completing and mailing the form that appears on the opposite page in this program, along with your check made out to “Western Chapter”.

September 1, 2022 – On behalf of the Officers and Executive Board members of the Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, we welcome you to our website.

As a preeminent Sports Hall of Fame, we recognize the career accomplishments of outstanding athletes, coaches, and other sports luminaries who have distinguished themselves through their individual performances and team successes in the Western Pennsylvania region. Our inductees represent almost every sport including baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, hockey, soccer, tennis, wrestling, and more.

During the past fifty years, we have inducted over 700 incredibly talented people into our Sports Hall of Fame. Highlights of the outstanding career accomplishments for all our Western Chapter inductees are available on this website. Some notable inductees include: Roberto Clemente, Roger Kingdom, Bill Fralic, Arnold Palmer, Dwight White, Swin Cash, George Novak, Tom Bradley, Sean Casey, Bob Pompeani and many others.

Our user-friendly website enables us to effectively communicate with the general public and with our members (currently over 550). We want to encourage you to join our ranks as a voting member and help us to honor athletes, coaches, and sports personalities who continue to give back to our community in so many positive ways.

As a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame – “Tick’ Western Chapter you will receive an annual ballot to help us enshrine new inductees and you will receive an invitation to our Induction Ceremonial and Dinner held annually at the Sheraton Hotel in Station Square – Please note that our next event is scheduled for April 22, 2023 at 6:00 pm.

As time permits, please review the celebrated accomplishments of our past inductees and experience the highlights from our recent annual awards programs on this website.

Jack Teitz, President
Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame


Eleven of the twelve coaches have been induced into the Robert “Tick” Cloherty Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, as is Franco Harris. Bob Palko is still an active coach. Franco Harris, George Novak and Jim Render are State Inductees.

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Bears great Jim “Jimbo” Covert joins Steeler greats Mel Blount, Franco Harris  and other as Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame inductees in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Franco Harris
Western HOF – 2008
State HOF – 2008
NFL HOF – 1980

Jim Covert
Western HOF – 1995
State HOF – 2012
NFL HOF – 2021

Mel Blunt
Western HOF – 2012
State HOF – 2012
NFL HOF – 1989

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