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.

Tom Tumulty

Year Inducted:2014

Three-sports-star at Penn Hills High School.

Post Gazette Fabulous 22 and Co-Player of the Year with Curtis Martin, played in the Big 33 Game.

Parade, Super Prep, and USA Today All-Star Football Teams and All-State in baseball.

Big East Rookie of the Year at Pitt, three times All Big-East, two time finalist for Dick Butkus Award.

Drafted by Cincinnati Bengals, five-year starter, career ending injury in 2000.

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John Paul "Sonny" Vaccaro

Year Inducted:2014

In 1965, created and nurtured the “Dapper Dan Roundball Classic”, a national all-star contest, which featured All-American high school basketball players from around the country.

Brought major college scouts from across the nation to Pittsburgh for “Dapper Dan Weekend”.

Initiated ABCD Camps which are recognized as the nation’s premier summer showcase for the top prep players.

A major force in contemporary basketball marketing, signing Michael Jordan to a Nike contract. Took his talents to Adidas with players like Kobe Bryant and other name stars.

Founder and director of “Hoops that Help,” in 1990 a non-profit that’s raised millions for a variety of charities, he remains a force in sports marketing and grassroots basketball.

Considered by many one of the most influential and quotable figures in sports.

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Ron Wabby

Year Inducted:2014

Three-year starter at Slippery Rock and first recipient of the Slippery Rock “Rock Pride Award”.

Head Coach at Brashear from 1982 – 2007, Six City League Championship, Six Coach of the Year recognitions, retired in 2007 after 31 years of teaching and coaching football in Pennsylvania.

Record of 162 wins and 97 losses. Sent many players to major colleges including, WVU’s Major Harris.

While retired, continues to coach football at Sarasota High School in Florida.

2006 Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame and 2013 Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee.

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Adam Walker

Year Inducted:2014

An All-State/All-American at Steel Valley High School and WPIAL AAA Player of the Year

Left the University of Pittsburgh as the career 8th leading rusher

NFL seven-year career included a Super Bowl Championship with the 49ers, Special Teams captain

Many community and national awards for work with youths and industrial development

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Tom Moore

Year Inducted:2014

Two-position coach and then offensive coordinator with Chuck Noll’s Steelers from 1977- 89.

All-American quarterback at Rochester Minnesota High School and led Iowa to a Big Ten Title.

Coached football for 49 years, including 35 in the NFL, third longest behind Dick LeBeau. Coached 7 Hall of Fame Inductees and 22 players with 61 Pro Bowl appearances.

As offensive Coordinator, his teams were consistently among the NFL statistical leaders.

At Indianapolis, developed Peyton Manning into one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks leaders

Currently Assistant Head Coach with the Arizona Cardinals.

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George Radosevich

Year Inducted:2014

Three sports star at Brentwood High School and the University of Pittsburgh.

Won the Athletic Excellent Award and Walk of Fame honors at Pitt and made the All Service Team while in the Marines.

Three years career in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts (1954, 55, 56).

Head Football Coach at Brentwood High School and Peabody. and assistant at various schools in a 43 year coaching career.

WPIAL Championship Teams in Girl’s Track and Girl’s Basketball (PIAA Champions) at Brentwood.

Brentwood High School Sports Hall of Fame Inductee in 1982.

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Charlie Batch

Year Inducted:2014

Played football and graduated from Steel Valley High School and Eastern Michigan University. Quarterbacked Steel Valley to 1989 WPIAL Championship.

Second round draft choice of the Detroit Lions. After four seasons he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he spent eleven seasons in a supporting role including Super Bowls XL and XLIII.

Spent eleven seasons in a supporting role with Steeler including Super Bowls XL and XLIII

Recipient of many awards, involved in many school and community programs, and boards. Winner of the 2013 Byron “ Whizzer” White NFL Man of the year Award.

Founder and President of the “Best of the Batch Foundation” devoted to improving the lives of children and families in depressed areas.

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Joe Boros

Year Inducted:2013

Joe graduated from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in 1980. At Clarion University (’84) he developed into an outstanding collegiate golfer. He was a NAIA-NCAA Division II Third Team All-American in 1982 and 1984 and a First Team All-American in 1983.

He was Clarion’s team captain in 1983 and 1984. Joe was the Assistant Club Pro at Pine Crest, 1984-85; Butler C.C., 1986-87; Pittsburgh Field Club, 1989-96; and Head Golf Pro at Treesdale, 1997- present. He was on the PGT Pro Tour in 1988 and missed the PGA Tour by two strokes in 1987. He has won numerous local and Club Championships including the Pennsylvania Open in 1989 and Runner-up in 1993.

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Ralph Bowen

Year Inducted:2013

Dick was an outstanding athlete at Duquesne High School, lettering in three sports and played in the 1954 J.C. All-Star Game. He earned a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh where he was a half back/safety and played in the 1956 Sugar Bowl and 1957 Gator Bowl. Upon graduation he was hired as an assistant coach at Connellsville High School. In 1960 he was an assistant coach at under Duke Weigle at McKeesport High school. He became the Head Coach at Serra Catholic in 1970. In 1972 he was the Offensive Coordinator at West Mifflin South. From 1973-1975 he was the Head Coach a McKeesport and then back to Serra as Head Coach for eleven seasons.

During that time his teams had undefeated seasons in 1979 and 1981. The 1981 squad was a WPIAL Championship team led by his son Rich, a Parade All-American QB. Dick was the 1979 Class A Coach of the Year and in 1982 was the Big 33 West Coach and the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In 1988, he retired as Serra’s head coach. When his son, Rich, became a head coach he was hired as an assistant and coached for eight more years.

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Kirk Bruce

Year Inducted:2013

Kirk is a graduate of South Hills High School in Pittsburgh where he was an All-City performer. From 1971 1975 he was a scholarship basketball player on the University of Pittsburgh’s Elite Eight NCAA team. In 1975, he was named the Tri-State Player of the Year and a draft choice of the Utah Stars of the ABA. As the head basketball coach at Clairton High School his teams earned 3 AA section Titles and 1 WPIAL Championships. In 1981 he was the Pennsylvania Coach in the Dapper Dan Round Ball Classic. He was the Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 1998. At this time he changed his focus to sports administration and from 1998 to 2008 was Assistant Athletic Director for Olympic Sports at the University of Pittsburgh and from 2008 to the present was Athletic Director for Sports Administration. Kirk has been very active on various Big East and University Committees and has been the recipient of many professional and community awards and recognitions.

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George Smith

Year Inducted:2013

A McKeesport High School graduate, George was a three-year letterman and captain his senior season. He went on to play at North Carolina State University where he was a three-year starter at nose tackle, senior captain, and an All-Atlantic Coast Conference Honoree. Following four years as a college assistant and six in high school, George became the Head Coach at McKeesport.

During his 18 seasons at the helm, his teams were in the WPIAL Playoffs 17 times; Quad A Sectional Champions six times; played in three WPIAL Finals, winning two; and won two PIAA Championships. His efforts produced 70 Division I scholarship players and three NFL players. George was inducted into the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006 and retired after the 2015 season.

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Ken Macha

Year Inducted:2013

Ken is a graduate of Gateway High School and the University of Pittsburgh and maintained a residence in Western PA his entire baseball career. He was drafted in the 6th round by the Pirates, had a four year Major League career, and then spent four seasons in Japan, playing in that league’s 1982 All-Star Game.. Following his playing career, he spent 13 years as a Major League coach and four years as a Minor League Manager. He was the 1998 International League Manager of the Year.

Ken succeeded Art Howe as Manager of the Oakland A’s in 2003, leading them to two Divisional Championships and one League Championship series appearance in his four seasons at the helm. He also managed the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009 and 2010. His Major League record was 525-427.

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John Wehner

Year Inducted:2013

John is a graduate of Carrick High School and attended Indiana University where he played baseball for three years. He was signed as a free agent in 1988 and played 11 years with the Pirates and Marlins. He shares the Major League record of playing 99 consecutive errorless games at third base with Jeff Cirillo.

John hit the last home run in the history of Three Rivers Stadium on October 1, 2000 and also holds the dubious honor of making the last out in that game. He was a minor league coach for several years and joined the Pirate broadcast team in 2005, serving as an analyst on both radio and television.

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Jarrett Durham

Year Inducted:2013

Jarrett is a graduate of Aliquippa High School and Duquesne University. He distinguished himself on the basketball court earning MVP honors in the 1969 Steel Bowl, named to the All-East Team in 1970 and the All-East NCAA Regional Tournament team in 1969. Following graduation, he became an outstanding college coach at Robert Morris College. After leading the school to three NCAA tournaments, he left with the most wins in the school’s history and was twice named NEC coach of the year. After 21 years of coaching he became the Associate Athletic Director at Duquesne from 2002 – 2012 and from 2010 to the present the Radio Color Analyst for Duquesne Basketball. He has been inducted into the Aliquippa High School, Beaver County, Duquesne and Robert Morris Sports Halls of Fame.

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Bill Priatko

Year Inducted:2013

A graduate of Scott High School and the University of Pittsburgh, Bill was a three-year starter on offense and defense at Scott High and was credited with 25 solo tackles against undefeated Duquesne. He earned a scholarship to Pitt. He was a two-way starter and team captain on an undefeated freshman team. He continued his varsity career as a three-year lineman and was named to the Ukrainian All-American Team. In 1956 he played center and linebacker for the National Service Champion Boling Air Force Team and garnered All-Service Team honors. His NFL career covered three seasons with the Packers, Steelers, and Browns ending due to a leg injury. He was selected this past year to represent the 1950’ at the Steelers’ 80th year Celebration. Following football,

Bill had a 25 year career as a coach or athletic director at California University of PA, Robert Morris College, and Swissvale and Yough High Schools. Bill was inducted into the East Boros’ Hall of Fame in 1983.

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Brian Baschnagel

Year Inducted:2013

A 1972 graduate of North Allegheny High School, Brian distinguished himself on the football field and earned a scholarship to Ohio State University, graduating in 1976. At NA he was a team captain, Parade All-American, and Big 33 participant. He continued his football career at OSU as a four-year starter at wing back, team captain, and a two-time Academic All-American.

Brian was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Bears in 1976. Over his 10-year career with the Bears, he stood out as a “play where needed” performer including kick returner, leading the league one season in kick return yardage. His career took him up to the Bear’s 1985 Super Bowl Championship team, unfortunately he was on IR at that time and missed the big game.

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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.

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Bob Kopnisky

Year Inducted:2012

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.

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Dan Cardone

Year Inducted:2012

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.

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Larry Lucchino

Year Inducted:2012

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.

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