1982 Inductees

Lewis “Boots” Botti 

Turtle Creek Union High School- earned 15 letters


University of Pittsburgh:  athletic scholarship 

Boxing:  Held AMA-AAU Junior Lightweight boxing title 

Wilkinsburg Turners: baseball 

Minor League Baseball: Cumberland Colts 

Football: Valley Scholastic, Pitcairn Mohawks 

James Conroy 

Braddock High School-

FOOTBALL- three year letter earner

BASKETBALL- three year letter earner 

Waynesburg College- Football 

Coaching Career:  Braddock High School Head Football and Basketball 1936-42, returned to coaching at Braddock and Scott after serving in the Navy, Scott Athletic Director 

Induction:  Waynesburg College Hall of Fame 

Stephen “Willie” Cvercko


 Tri-Boro and City League Baseball 


Pitched for Solomans, Baker Hill, Papales, Hunzekers and Cleveland and Chicago teams.  Undefeated in five years pitching for the Solomans 

Semi- Pro Football: W.J. Burns 

Elmer “Tuggles” Gross 

Scott High – 1934 graduate


Slippery Rock College: Football 

Coaching Career:  Fooball at South Huntingdon, Scottdale, Dunbar and Oakmont High Schools;  Oakmont record 75-8-25, four undefeated seasons, 24 wins in a row 

Inductions:  Slippery Rock College Hall of Fame, Western PA. Coaches Hall of Fame, Western PA State Hall of Fame and A.K. Valley Hall of Fame 

Thomas Hale 


 Braddock High School

BASKETBALL :  1931-33, All WPIAL center 1932, 1951 selected on first team on Braddock High School All Time Team 

Massanutten Military Academy: Captained basketball team, first team South Atlantic States Tournament 

Duquesne University: Basketball for Coach Chick Davies 

Charles “Brute” Kramer 

St. Vincent College- Business Manager of Athletics and Director of Public Relations 1939-41 

Other:  Contributed over 50 years as athlete, manager, coach, sports writer, editor, book publisher, college public relations and athletic administrator as well as General Manager of professional baseball and basketball teams and promoter of professional boxing. 

John Krutulis 

Scott High School:

BASKETBALL-  Captain, State Championship Team 1931 

Villanova University:  lettered three years, achieved scoring records 

Coaching Career:  Basketball at York, PA Central Catholic High School, won championships 

Bernard Manson

Edgar Thompson Community Baseball Team- pitcher and first base 

Recognized as one of the best sandlot pitchers developed in the Pittsburg District;  competed against such teams as the Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs and Pittsburgh Crawfords.;  pitching record 1937:  25-4, in 1941:  25-6 

John Molnar 


Duckpin bowling- #1 ranked USA and Canada, 1951-52, 182.7 average for 250 games.  #1 in 1952-53 with 188.25 average for 503 games.  In Ripley’s Believe It OR Not after bowling 802 series- scores of 279-258-265.Bowling Congress doubles title 1954 with Frank Liposvsky, 1220 series 

Carl Montalbano 


Boxer- 1930’s, Fought at the Moose Temple, Hickey Park, McKeesport Palisades, Motor Square Gardens, Philadelphia and New York.  Fought over a hundred fights under Frank Klause; recorded knockouts over Paul Perrone, Anson Green and Cowboy DeLuca 

Dorothy Peplowski 

The All-American Midget 

Track:  AAU and field meet teams 

Basketball:  Westinghouse T&G and Westinghouse AA girls AMA-AAU championship basketball team,  All Star forward many teams 

Softball:  Goldenson Vanities, won many championships 

Joseph “Beanie” Ritter 


Turtle Creek HS:

FOOTBALL:   All District Back 1935-37, All WPIAL team 1936 (Turtle Creek had undefeated season), Captain 1937 

Brown University:  Freshman football team, transferred to Wichita University 

Earnest Slessinger 

Turtle Creek Union High School-  


University of Pittsburgh: 1920 Football  

Oberlin College: 1923-24  Football, end and center 

Coaching Career:  East Pittsburgh High School- football, baseball, basketball; Kutztown State Teachers College- football, baseball, basketball 

Other:  Captain U.S. Army, Physical Re-Conditioning Officer 

Inductions:  Kutztown State Teachers College Sports Hall of Fame 

Steve Vucic 


Rankin High School:

FOOTBALL- three year letter earner 

St. Vincent College:   Football, guard, 1938-41, Captain 1941; named all opponent team by every opposing team; Pennsylvania State Team, Little All American, St. Vincent’s All Time Team 

Coaching Career:  Rankin High School, 1950’s 

Other:  Rankin Athletic Director, 1950’s