Pennsylvania state hALL
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.
The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame was established to perpetuate the memories of athletes and other sports notables, male and female, who have brought lasting fame and recognition to our state through their athletic achievements. The PA Sports HOF is currently comprised of four geographic regions with twenty nine local chapters divided among them. The first state ceremonial banquet was held in Philadelphia in 1963 and the second in 1964 at the Pittsburgh William Penn Hotel, hosted by the Western Chapter. The first Western Chapter honorees inducted into the PA Sports HOF were Stan Musial, Arnold Palmer and Harold “Pie” Traynor.