The Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1963 by Joe Zerilla, Tut Melman and Frank Gustine and became immediately affiliated with the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, which was founded one year earlier in 1962. The Western Chapter is a non-profit 501-3C organization run entirely by volunteer board members who consider their work a labor of love.
The earliest Western Chapter meetings were held at Gustine’s Restaurant in Oakland and the first chapter induction banquet was held at the East Pittsburgh Moose Club in 1971. Between 1972-1981 our annual induction banquets were held at the Greentree Holiday Inn, between 1982-1996 at the Sheraton Station Square and between 1997-2014 at the Four Points Sheraton in Warrendale. We are pleased to announce that in the Spring of 2015, we moved our annual banquet back to the Sheraton Station Square, along with our treasured exhibit of inductee plaques, special awards and other memorabilia, which will be proudly displayed in the spacious and dedicated Western Chapter PA Sports HOF Conference Room on the second floor of the Sheraton Station Square, our permanent new home. There have been 700 athletes and contributors inducted into the Western Chapter, Of these, over 150 have been inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2016 the chapter name was changed to the Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter as a token of appreciation for the his 30-years of loyal and faithful service during his Presidency.
“Tut” Melman: 1966-1969, 1978
Willard Fisher: 1970
“Brute” Kramer: 1971-1972
Joe Snodgrass: 1975
Darrell Hess: 1976-1977
“Tuggles” Gross: 1979-1981
Robert ‘Tick” Cloherty: 1987-2016
Dan Carr: 2016-2022
JACK TEITZ – President
MIKE DOBOS – Vice President
AL DICK – Secretary
State: Western Region VP
JIM PERRY – Executive Director
STEVE J. DOBIS, CPA – Treasurer
PAUL PALMER – State Western Regional Senior Vice President
ALEX GUMINSKI – State General Counsel
DAN CARR – State President
DALE HAMER – State Executive Director
ROBERT GUSTINE, Esq. – Legal Counsel
BILL CAYE, Esq.
SMOKIN JIM FRAZIER
DR. KAREN HALL
JOHN “HOWDY” MYNAHAN
DR. MICHAEL ROGAL