Tom Bradley, Charlie Batch headline newest Hall of Famers


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Tom Bradley spent his entire football career after high school playing and coaching at Penn State until he recently joined West Virginia’s staff as senior associate head coach.

Now he has another title as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.

Bradley and six others who made their reputations in football will be part of the 11-member Hall of Fame class that will be inducted May 3 at a ceremony and dinner at Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, starting at 6 p.m.

Bradley graduated from Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown and went on to play at Penn State, then coached on Joe Paterno’s staff for 33 years.

Other inductees:

• Charlie Batch, from Steel Valley High School, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions and Steelers for 15 seasons.

• Tom Moore, an assistant coach on Chuck Noll’s Steelers staff for 13 seasons, including two Super Bowl victories.

• Tom Tumulty, a Penn Hills football star who was Big East Conference rookie of the year at Pitt and played five seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals.

• Ron Wabby, coached football at Brashear High School for 26 years.

• Adam Walker, the WPIAL’s AAA player of the year at Steel Valley High School, played halfback at Pitt and for seven years in the NFL.

• George Radosevich, a three-sport star at Brentwood High School, played football at Pitt and then for the Marines before putting in three seasons with the Steelers, Browns and Colts in the NFL, 1954-56. He then coached high school football at Brentwood and Peabody and was an assistant coach at other schools over a 43-year coaching career.

• John “Sonny” Vacarro, who created and nurtured the old Post-Gazette Dapper Dan Roundball Classic and also signed Michael Jordan to a Nike contract when he worked for Nike.

• Paul Hindes, a graduate from Bethel Park High School and Duquesne University, coached women’s basketball, volleyball and softball to a total of 16 WPIAL championships in those sports at Baldwin.

• Cathy Jacobson Guzy, a multiple Pittsburgh City League and PIAA tennis champion who played the sport at Pitt. She went on to coach in high school and junior colleges and has been director of tennis at the Billie Jean King and El Dorado Tennis Centers for 21 years.

• Jeff Jelic, a champion wrestler at Mt. Lebanon High School and Pitt and a three-time Eastern League champ.

Tickets to the 44th Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner can be purchased through Dan Cardone, 412-366-9181 or cardonedjc@gmail.com


Ed Bouchette: ebouchette@post-gazette.com and Twitter @EdBouchette.

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