1987 Inductees

Mary Blitskan 

Born in Export, PA 

Bowling:  Began bowling age of 17, started a league of ten girls; Formed a girls bowling league when working at Westinghouse at East Pittsburgh 1937-38, Metropolitan League 1941, Met League Champions Palmers and For Pitt 1945-56, Held duck pin championship at East Pittsburgh Moose 1965; Women’s High Average Ten Pins 1952-54, Won Brannan’s Spring Classic 1956, Wierton Singles Champion 1949- shot 1184 total, member Executive Board of Central States Bowling Assn., First woman to bowl 700  series in Pittsburgh league play- 715, High single game- 290, Bowling Personality of the Year 1952, First member of Pittsburgh Bowling Hall of Fame 197 6, member of City championship teams 1949-52, Greater Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph Singles Champion 1945, 50, 52; let league many years with average as high as 183, nationally recognized for bowling exploits in Dayton, Chicago, Columbus and New York 

George Dye 

Westinghouse High School:  1931 graduate

FOOTBALL:  lettered, Captain senior year

BASKETBALL:  lettered, Captain senior year

TRACK:  lettered 

Baseball:  West Penn, Muny Leagues, and others 

Semi-pro Football:  J.Scott Morgan, St. Rosalia Preps, Rox Rangers, Westinghouse Alumni, Greenfield Preps, and others 

Softball:  Wiegands and Mine Safety teams 

Other Sports Related:  Worked for Pittsburgh Bureau of Recreation as Athletic Director, President of J. Scott Morgan, Westinghouse Football Alumni Association 

Jack Hyland 

Scott High School:  1949 graduate

FOOTBALL:  quarterback four years, Captain senior year, WPIAL All Conference 1954

BASKETBALL:  lettered four years

BASEBALL:  lettered four years 

Slippery Rock University:  Varsity quarterback four years, Captain senior year, All Conference; lettered in basketball, baseball, and track, running the 100, 220, and 440 relay 

Coaching Career:  Ferndale  High School 1954 for ten years, functioned as Athletic Director head football and baseball coach and assistant basketball coach; Rochester High School 1968, head football and track coach four years, Meadville  High School 1969 football coach, Allegheny College 1983 assistant football coach, President of Cambria County Coaches Association and President of Beaver Country Coaches Association 

Robert Kelly 

Native of East Pittsburgh 

East Pittsburgh High School:

BASKETBALL:  lettered three years 1951-53

FOOTBALL:  lettered three years 1951-53

Named All Section senior year 

Waynesburg College:  Lettered two years in baseball and basketball 1954-55, Captain of basketball team sophomore year, named to Post Gazettes All District Second Team 1954-55 season 

Westinghouse Apprentice School:  transfer in 1956, played for Great Bucky Dearbeck 

Basketball:  West Penn Champion Lenhart’s 1957, Salvation Army Senior League Champion reformers 1957 

Service:  Army 1958, Post Basketball Champions at Fort Riley, Kansas, and member of 18th Infantry Division Basketball Champions in Mannheim, Germany 

Official:  1961 began career as basketball and football official, President of PSAA Chapter of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials 

Joseph Kliskey 

Scott High School:

FOOTBALL:  All WPIAL guard 1928 

Indiana State Teachers College:  Football, Captain senior year, Indiana University of PA All-Time Football Team, guard position 

Coaching Career:  North Braddock Public School System coached basketball, football, and baseball, both junior and senior high school for 10 years 

Joe was well known in Braddock-North Braddock area as a leader in civic and community affairs 

Archie Litman 

Braddock High School:

FOOTBALL:  tackle and fullback, three years 

Waynesburg College:   Varsity football and basketball, two years 

Boxing Promoter:   Brought in fighters such as Muhammed Ali, Floyd Patterson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Emile Griffith, and Hurricane Carter; promoted shows at Civic Arena, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, The Hilton Hotel and Heidelberg Arena 

Boxing Manager:  Managed Tony Bubbs, WBA Heavyweight Champion 

Professional Basketball:  Owner of Pittsburgh Rens 

Other Sports Related:  Active member of Dapper Dan Board of Directors, presented Diamond Belt Boxing Tournament for eight years 

John Lybarger 

Swissvale High School:  48 years of dedication to sports, 1930’s volunteered to be Equipment Manager for football and basketball squads, remained in this position until March 1987 when Swissvale High School was merged into Woodland Hills High School 

Honors:  Recipient of PA Sports Hall of Fame East Boros’ Chapter Meritorious Service Award 

Fred Maniccia 

Scott High School:   1943 graduate

FOOTBALL: four years, end and fullback

BASKETBALL:  four years, guard

BASEBALL:  four years, third base 

Softball:  Myers & Powers 

Basketball:  North Braddock Bucks and in Westinghouse Industrial League 

Service:  Army WW II, fought in five major campaigns in France through Germany, awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart 

John  Matheys 

Native of Turtle Creek 

Turtle Creek High School:   1948 graduate

BASKETBALL:  JV Captain 1944-45, lettered three years

FOOTBALL:  JV Captain 1944-45, lettered three years

TRACK:  lettered three years, undefeated in 100 yard dash, best time 9.9 seconds 

Softball:  Recognized as one of best pitchers from Turtle Creek Area, played for Braddock Moose team, participate in World’s Softball Championships 

Robert Pepe 

Scott High School:

FOOTBALL:  three years, coached by Great Johnny Reed, named All-WPIAL senior year

BASKETBALL:  three years

BASEBALL:  three years 

North Carolina State:  Football- end on freshman team, Varsity sophomore year, Sophomore Player of the Week in Atlantic Coast Conference four times, All- ACC Team three consecutive years, Senior year- 1958- “Williamson”  All American Team, Shrine East-West Classic, played for East Team (defeated West 26-13) – Bob named Defensive Player of the game, Senior Bowl Classic- caught a touchdown pass (South defeated North 28-12), 1974 named to North Carolina State’s “All Time Team” 

National Football League:  Drafted by New York Giants, chose Canadian League 

Canadian Football League:  Ottawa Rough Riders, career cut short by serious leg injury 

Frank Samsa 

St. Coleman’s in Turtle Creek grade school:  

FOOTBALL and BASKEBALL four years, All-Star both sports four years, teams won four championships  

Turtle Creek High School:

FOOTBALL: WPIAL Class B Most Valuable Player 1967, WPIAL Class B All-Star Football Squad, “Big 10” of high school football junior year


BASKETBALL:  Won Class B WPIAL title


West Virginia University:  As freshman, named as one of ten best football players by Sports Illustrated, senior year played in Peach Bowl against North Carolina 

Coaching Career:  Turtle Creek Midget Football League, assistant coach at Turtle Creek Area until merger 

Raymond Stevenson 

East Pittsburgh High School: 1932-35

FOOTBALL:  Teamed up with Al Paliscak for many 50-60 yard touchdown pass plays, named best halfback ever to appear at Dubois High School stadium,  

BASKETBALL:  guard, three years, team undefeated three years in WPIAL Section 16

Sandlot Football:  Played end, Garfield Eagles 1938-41 

Service:  Entered Army 1941, 22nd Quartermaster Corps in Italy and Africa, resumed career after war 

Baseball:  Edgar Thompson team 

Softball:  Rankin Jets, Toto’s and RC Club 

Coaching Career:  Boys softball teams- RC Club and Braddock AC, girls softball team Pittsburgh Orioles