1997 Inductees

Lou Abel 

St. Anselm’s High School:  1965 graduate

BASKETABALL: played four years

BASEBALL:  played four years 

Service:  US Army/Vietnam 

Point Park College:  recruited by Frank Gustine to play baseball, Point Park’s first All-American baseball 1973 and 1974, Point Park MVP, f1st NAIM World Series 1974, led NAIA Area 8 with .463 average, Monroeville Dapper Dan College Athlete of the Year 1974, overall college batting average .426 

Professional Softball:  two World Championship teams, hit over .500, five time All World player, Pittsburgh Gold over 50 team and Mifflin Club 

Larry “Corky” Brammell 

Softball:  Bell Telephone and Community Methodist Church 1953, Penn Hills Senior Leagues for Murrysville team, Penn Trafford, Penn Hills traveling team, Softball World Series in Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, Orlando, Florida and Palm Springs, CA; Total Bases Series Avenue winner (.958) Atlanta; Detroit tournament had .700 batting average and on-base average .800 

Wrestling:  Worked Penn Trafford Junior Wrestling Program 26 years, in charge 20 years; Vice Chairman of Area 111 District Wrestling, Board for State Tournaments, award given yearly to senior wrestlers in his name, for dedicating a quarter of a century to help young men in wrestling 

Dan Brown 

Swissvale  High School:

BASEBALL:  three year starter

FOOTBALL:  two year starter, Captain senior year 

Kiski Prep:  fullback 1952-53 

Waynesburg College:  linebacker/offensive guard for  Coach Jack Wiley, four year starter, Captain senior year, Pennsylvania All-State College Team 1958, North All-Star Team played in 1st Gem Bowl Thanksgiving day Erie, PA 1958, All Time All-Star Team for Swissvale High School 1986 

Simon “Cy” Brown 

Entered sports world after WW:  Participate in football, track and field, boxing, wrestling and coaching in Pittsburg area for decades 

Amateur Sports: track, boxing, and wrestling teams sponsored by Carnegie Steel Corporation; regular in Westinghouse Club, won several YMCA tourneys, MU meets, sponsored by Carnegie Steel and sent to Olympic tryouts, qualified as wrestler in lightweight Class for 1924 Paris, France Olympics – won event 

Cal Dilworth 

Rankin High School:



Heidelberg College, Ohio 

Masters Basketball Association in Detroit:  formed with friend, Al Hoffman, 1977; for people age 40+, evolved to hundreds of teams and thousands of players; participated in many tournaments:  1st World Masters Games Toronto 1985, World Masters Games Abrus, Denmark player/coach 1989 (gold medal), 1st Maxi Games Buenos Aires, Argentina 1990 (gold medal/MVP), 1st Maxi Games Las Vegas, Nevada 1993 ( gold medal), World Masters Games Brisbane, Australia 1994 (gold medal); Scarborough Masters Bob Pickell Award 1992 (only American To receive award) , Masters MU John Dougherty Award 1992 

Inductions:  Detroit Old Timers Hall of Fame 

John Galagaza 

Wilmerding High School:  1942 graduate

BASKETBALL:  Senior year:  Captain and high scorer, Section Championship, WPIAL playoffs 

Basketball:  Wilmerding YMCA, won YMCA State Championship 1948-49, 3rd in National YMCA Championship 

Geneva College:  basketball, one of leading scorers, led Geneva to 80-75 upset win over Duquesne with 23 points 1951; football defensive end/offensive tackle 

Weightlifting:  won Heavyweight Class Allegheny Mountain Association of AAU senior weightlifting Championship 

Coaching Career:  Pitcairn High School Assistant football coach under Chuck Klausing and Pete Antimarino; Pitairn basketball 1953-58, won only Section 16 Title 1955; Gateway High School first basketball coach 

John became ill and passed away at age of 37, upon his death, Gateway Education Association instituted a scholarship fun in his memory which awards yearly scholarship gifts to worthy Gateway graduates 

Joe Mehalic 

Braddock High School:

FOOTBALL:  wide receiver, defensive back, punter; team undefeated junior and senior year; five interceptions in New Brighton game senior year, record that lasted 40 years



Major League Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates:  Offered and declined minor league contract 

John Pogue 

Pitcairn High School:  1948 graduate



Baseball:  Pitcairn American Legion, 1948 Championship game at Shibe park, 2nd Annual American Legion Baseball All-Star game at Forbes Field, Pitcairn Mohawks 1949-52, American Legion Plaque for contributions to American Legion Baseball program 1996 

Service:  US Air Force, baseball Hickam Flyers, won Air Force Pacific Coast Conference 1954, highest league batting average and World Wide Air Force All-Star team 1955 

Westminster College:  baseball, highest team average three years, NAIA District 30 Championship 1958 

Coaching Career:  Assistant baseball coach CCAC Boyce Campus 1985, Head Coach ten years, Plaque of Appreciation form Athletic Department of CCAC-Boyce Campus 1996 

Joe Stepusin Jr 

Rankin High School: 1952 graduate

BASKETBALL:  four years, leading scorer senior year, Section 7 1st team, 2nd team WPIAL and State Honorable Mention 

Baseball:  Swissvale American Legion, Legion All-Star Team 

Coffeyville Junior College:  basketball, All-Tournament Team 

Wake Forest:  basketball, lettered three years, 1957 graduate 

Coaching Career:  Boys basketball North Caroline 30 years, record 403-273, 1973-74 State Champs 26-0, District Champs 1969, 1973, 1974, Conference Champs 11 years, state playoffs 18 of 30 years; Coach of The Year 1972-74; member North Carolina Coaches Association 36 years, served as Director 1980-84; presented Proclamation of Achievement by North Carolina High School Athletic Association for supporting values of High School Athletics 1993; successful baseball and girls basketball coach 

August “Augie” Tammariello 


 Swissvale High School:

BASEBALL: lettered

BASKETBALL:  lettered

FOOTBALL:  lettered

Earned eight out of possible nine letters 

University of Denver:  football scholarship, three year letterman, played offense and defense, senior year Conference and All-American Academic honors 

Penn State University:  Football Graduate Assistantship one year, went with PSU to Gator Bowl 1961 

Coaching Career:  Offensive Line Coach William & Mary, under leadership of Marv Levy, worked with Lou Holtz, Bobby Ross, Dan Herring; Offensive Line Colorado under Eddy Crowder 1968, six bowl games, developed two All-American offensive liniment, eight All-Conference lineman; head Coach Southwest Louisiana 1974,turned 0-10 program to 9-2 in three years, set new attendance records home and away, fundraising increased from nonexistent to 1,000,000 plus, helped develop Rafael Septien, All-Pro kicker with Dallas Cowboys and Randy McClanahan linebacker for Super Bowls Oakland Raiders; Rule Committee for American Football Coaches Association, Committee for selection of winner of Lombardi Award for Nation’s Outstanding Collegiate Offensive Lineman 

Ralph Ventresco


Pitcairn High School:  1933 graduate

FOOTBALL: lettered four years

BASKETBALL:  lettered four years

TRACK:  lettered three years

BASEBALL:  lettered one year 

Penn State University:  lettered in football, Captain of freshman team 

Coaching Career:  football, Morris Township High School Clearfield County 20 years, won Moshannon Valley League Championship four times, runners up twice; basketball four or five years, made district playoffs

Inductions:  Clearfield Chapter Hall of Fame