1983 Inductees

Charles Airhart 

Born in North Braddock, PA 

Newspaper Sports Writer:  Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph, Swissvale Chronicle, Braddock Free Press (after service in Air Force in WW II), sports editor Free Press and Turtle Creek Independent 

Mushball: North Braddock Harps, Mooney’s Café, Mustangs and Hilltop Legion softball Clubs 

Basketball: Carnegie Club for Meyer  & Power and Air-Oughs championship teams 

Robert Evans 

Born in Iberia, Ohio, moved to Braddock in 1906 

Baseball:  Lundine A.C., Braddock IOOF, Korch Cresson A.C., Braddock  Owls, East Pittsburgh Sokols, Second Story Morries and Edgar Thomson. 

Western League Baseball:  Fargo, ND 

Pittsburgh City League Baseball:  Umpire 

North Versailles Community Softball:  Player and Umpire 

Volunteer:  Commercial League, Tri-Boro basketball tournaments at Braddock Carnegie Club, seconded fighters for Carnegie Club boxing team 

Chuck Fate 


Turtle Creek High School

BASEBALL – 1925-1929, 1926 WPIAL championship team

BASKETBALL- 1929 lettered 

Other Basketball:   Wilmderding YMCA 

Other Baseball: Westinghouse Airbrake team 1929-32, Wilkinsburg Greater Pittsburgh League Champions 1937,39, 40, lifetime batting average of .350, tryout with St. Louis Cardinals 

Official Career:  Football referee- 32 years, basketball referee- 30 years, Baseball and softball umpire- 37 years 

Jack Hughes 

Native of Rankin, PA 

Rankin High School:

BASKETBALL- four years for famed Jock Rosenberg; 1934 team went to state finals in Philadelphia 

Semi-pro Basketball:  Pittsburgh Lyceum, Westinghouse AA, East Pittsburgh Pirates 

Track:  Westinghouse middle distance runner; competed in AMA-AAU sanctioned track meets 

Sandlot baseball:  Wilkinsburg with Don Heeps 

Little League:  One of organizers in Rankin 

Edward McMullen 

North Braddock High School

First athlete to letter in four sports freshman year, did not play senior year

FOOTBALL- 3 time letter earner

BASEBALL- 3 time letter earner

BASKETBALL-3 time letter earner

TRACK- 1 time letter earner 

Basketball:  Played for Championship teams in Homestead, Braddock, and Rankin 

Baseball:   Played for Carnegie Club, Westinghouse, Braddock Klabans and Braddock Owls 

Other Baseball:  Helped organize Braddock-North Braddock Little League, Assisted Pie Traynor conducting baseball schools for Pittsburgh Pirates 

Larry Narey 


 East Pittsburgh High School:  1931-34

BASKETBALL:  Varsity, four years; Captain 1933, team undefeated in section four years

FOOTBALL:  Halfback, three years; Captain 1933- team went to WPIAL Class B Final, All Time East Pittsburgh High School football team 

Basketball:  North Braddock Vikings-St. William Radio Club 

Softball:  Pitched for Gordon-Narey 

Other:  Helped organize VFW Post #5008 East Pittsburgh, first Commander 

John Nese 

Native of East Pittsburgh 

Track/Cross Country:  Medal winner AAU sanctioned long distance races, began marathon running 1924, Westinghouse AA track team- ran AMA-AAU sanctioned cross country races from 3 to 26 miles.  Competed 26 years; 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in every race. 

Coaching Career:  Westinghouse Switchgear me and girls basketball teams, 20 years- won many championships. 

Baseball and Softball Umpire:  10 years 

Bay Oriss 

North Braddock Jr. High School

FOOTBALL- 1928-30, scored four touchdowns first game 

North Braddock High School

FOOTBALL- All WPIAL 1929, 1930

BASKETBALL- Varsity, three years, best number 6 man

BASEBALL- shortstop, won WPIAL title 1928-29, 3 years led team in hitting 

Grove City College:  Football, ran 70 yards for TD first time carried ball, returned interception 98 yards, named to All Opponent Team by every opponent team 

Walter Poland 


Turtle Creek High School- graduated 1937

TRACK- lettered 1934

FOOTBALL- lettered 1934-36, quarterbacked 1936 that ended Scott High School’s undefeated streak

BASEBALL- lettered 1935-37

BASKETBALL- lettered 193-36

SWIMMING- lettered 1934 

Sandlot Baseball: Pitched Turtle Creek AOH, Turtle Creek Merchants 

Minor League Baseball: Staunton, Virginia 

Other Baseball and Football: played for service teams 

Semi-pro Basketball:  Wilkinsburg Bedorfs, Westinghouse A.A., East Pittsburgh Pirates 

Softball:   Westinghouse A.A. 

William Priatko 


 North Braddock High School- graduated 1950

FOOTBALL:  three year starter, offensive line and linebacker, 1948 game with Duquesne made 26 unassisted tackles 

University of Pittsburgh Football:  Played defense and offense on undefeated Freshman team, three years varsity, All-American mention sophomore year 

National Service Champion Bolling Airforce Base:  Center and linebacker, 1956 

National Football League:  Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns 

Robert Shiring 

Native of Wilmerding 

Football- Powerful 265 pound center, never wore shoulder pads. 

DC/AC Football team in Homestead 1901, Massillon Tigers, Grantland Rice picked Bon on early All Pro team 

Picture displayed with Massillon Tigers at National League Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 

John Swacus 

Scott High School

FOOTBALL- lettered 1936-39

BASKETBALL- lettered 1936-39; Captain section champion basketball team 1939, section MVP 

University of Pittsburgh Basketball:  Played four years under Doc Carlson, NCAA tourney 1940 

Other Basketball:  Fort Lee 1944-45 

Coaching Career:  Franklin Twp. High School 37 years, coached baseball and basketball, WPIAL championship 1951 

Retired as Assistant. Superintendent of Franklin Area School District 

Andrew Zoltak 

North Braddock High School



Semi-pro football- East Pittsburgh Fireman and McKeesport Olympics, Pittsburgh Sun Tele and Gazette Times All Star Team, Competed in league with teams such as Burns AA, McChesneytown, Monesson, Port Vue, Springdale, West View and Oakmont