For the past 56 years, the Pa Sports Hall of Fame has honored and inducted over 700 incredible men and women who have made a lasting impact in Pennsylvania through extraordinary athletic achievement and contributions. Whether these activities have been achieved on or off the field, we honor them. And through our future museum we will educate and celebrate their achievements for years to come.
Robert D. Mlkvy
Robert earned 11 varsity letters – track, basketball, baseball, threw shot put & discus. He played on Palmerton League’s State Championship team. He was basketball captain three years, earning four letters. He made the All-Lehigh Valley 1st team three years and the All-State 1st team AP-UPI two years. They were Lehigh Valley League Champs three years with 44 straight victories. In 1956 he was State runner-up to Farrell-leading male scorer in Palmerton history (1975 points). Robert was selected to play in the National High School All-Star game in Kansas City-1957 and named Parade High School All-American. Robert had 85 scholarship offers. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and was basketball captain two years, MVP two years. He was twice named All Ivy League 1st team and All Big Five 1st team. He was All East his senior year. Robert was drafted by the Cleveland Pipers (ABA), spending two years in the Eastern Pro League (Easton & Wilkes-Barre). Robert coached at Palmerton High two years. Robert has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame.
On May 13, 1952, Ron Necciai of Gallatin PA., pitching for the Bristol (VA) Twins against the Welch (VA) Miners in the Appalachian League, became and remains the only man in professional baseball history to strike out 27 batters in a nine-inning game. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues called the 27 strikeout game, “The greatest individual performance in the history of baseball.” Baseball Today calls it professional baseball’s “unreachable stat.” In his next start, Ron who also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, struck out 24. Major League Baseball’s Power Ratings of Top 10 curveballs rates Ron at Number 6. First of only two known professional pitchers to strike out five batters in one inning. Quoted by Branch Rickey to be one of three greatest pitchers he ever saw along with Dizzy Dean and Christy Mathewson. Ron was on the North State and Carolina League All Star teams and voted People’s Choice Player in the Carolina League. He led the league with 172 strikeouts in 126 innings and had an E.R.A. career average of 11 plus strikeouts per 9 innings. He was honored by Washington Green and Mid-Mon Valley Chapters of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Ringgold High School Hall of Fame and the Italian Heritage Society.
Lance G. Rautzhan
Lance Rautzhan was born and raised in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was a three sport standout at Blue Mountain High School. Lance was offered a full athletic football scholarship to the University of Kentucky; when drafted in the third round pick for the Dodgers in 1970 (drafted right out of high school after he pitched a perfect game), decided to play baseball. He played 7 Â½ years in the Dodger minor league system and had the most complete games in the AA Eastern League for a single season in 1975. In 1976 he made the AAA Pacific Coast League all-star team. Lance was brought up to the big leagues where he played the position of a left-handed relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. While playing with the Dodgers in 1978, Lance was the winning pitcher for the third game against the Phillies in the National League playoffs. Lance pitched with the Dodgers in the 1977 and 1978 World Series against the NY Yankees. Lance left baseball in 1981.
Joe was Philadelphia Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion, Middle Atlantic Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion & 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist before becoming the undisputed WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World. He defended his title 6 times including "The Fight of the Century" when he defeated Muhammad Ali. He was named by Ring magazine as one of the "Top 80 Fighters in the last 80 years" & one of "100 Greatest Punchers." ESPN.com named him one of the "50 Greatest Fighters of All-Time". He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
James J. "Jim" Campbell
Campbell was a 4 sport star at Homestead H.S. 3 year Letterman-Football/Lacrosse at the U.S. Naval Academy, (’64); 1st team football All-East and Honorable Mention-All-American; Played in the National Championship game vs. Texas in the Cotton Bowl and in the All-American All-Star Game; Played varsity basketball and was on 3X National Champion Navy Lacrosse teams – ’64 Schmisser Award winner as Best Lacrosse Defensemen in the Country. Described by Steve Belichick, 3 year assistant football coach/scout, as “best athlete he had even seen in the Academy”. Distinguished career as F-4 pilot, TOP GUN; 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. Jim passed away in March, 2006.
3 Sport star at Pottstown, led basketball team in rebounding and scoring, 36-12 record. Led baseball team batting .438, undefeated season ChesMont champs. Set numerous football passing records, accepted full scholarship to Penn State, played in Big 33 Game. Started 2 years at QB at Penn State, 22-2 record, undefeated 12-0 Jr. Year, won 2 Bowl Games, MVP of Orange & Cotton Bowl games. Held passing records over 30 years, 2nd all-time passer rating 136.68. Record 28 TD’s for single season. “One of the best QB’s I ever coached” said Joe Paterno. Drafted by Cincinnati Bengals, played in Canadian Football League for 3 years.
3 sport star at Pottstown, Football, Basketball, Track. Led teams to many Championships, still holds school records. Considered one of the best “All Round” athletes at Pottstown. Full scholarship to West Virginia football, 3 year starter, led NCAA in interceptions with 10, 1st Team All-Big East, All-American, Playboy Magazine, Jim Thorpe finalist. Finished with 19 interceptions, 143 tackles, 3 TD’s at West Virginia. Inducted WVU Hall of Fame. Selected 3rd round by Jacksonville. 6 interceptions, 2 TD’s rookie season. Played from 1996-2004 in NFL. Played 121 games, 24 interceptions, 423 tackles, 81/2 sacks.
4 year 3 sport star at Boyertown, excelled in every sport, attended Concord College in West Virginia. Played every sport, MVP 2 years at Concord, 1st female inducted Concord College Sports Hall of Fame. Legendary coach at Boyertown, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse. 124-79 girls’ basketball, school record 28-2 and Ches Mont championship. Coached lacrosse 21 years, 245-67-14 including state record 56 straight wins, won 14 championships, 6 district titles, named PA girls Lacrosse Coach of the year 7 times, coached 26 All-Americans, inducted Philadelphia Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Ches Mont Hall of Fame as player and coach.
Ralph E Cindrich
5th round 1972 NFL draft, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 Patriots, Oilers. AP Player of Week 1972. All East, All America 1969, 1971. Pitt MVP, North-South All Star 1971. All WPIAL 1966, 1967, Big 33; MVP WPIAL B1967 – Wrestling: 4th NCAA, All-American, Eastern Champion, Pitt MVP, 2X State Finals, WPIAL Champion – Awards: Bob prince, Pitt Alumni, Observer-Reporter, Washington County, Dapper Dan – Halls: Western Pennsylvania Italian American, Pitt Walk – 2 time Sporting News 100 Most Powerful-All Sports, Pro Football Weekly Top 5 Agents.
Jeremy P Linn
1994 graduate Central Dauphin HS: Top USA HS breaststroker. 1994-98: Univ. Of Tennessee, BS of Science in Psychology. 2012: Inducted Central PA Hall of Fame. Current: Head Sr. Elite and SR. Performance Coach. Led UT team to S. Eastern Conference (SEC) team title 1996; team captain 1997-1998. 6 time individual SEC Champion; 3 time SEC swimmer of the year; 7 time American record Breaker; Current American record holder in 100 Yard Breaststroke; 4 time individual NCAA National Champion; 17 All American honors. 1995-1999 U.S. National Swim Team. 1998 World Championship Team, Perth, Australia. 1998 Goodwill Games team, NY. 1997 Pan-Pacific team, Fukuoka, Japan. 1996 U.S. Olympic Trial champion. 1995 Pan-Pacific games, Atlanta. Awards: 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and World record-breaker, 400-meter Medley Relay. 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist and American record-breaker, 100-meter Breaststroke. 1997 U.S. Open champion, 100-meter Breaststroke.
Carson G Long
4 year varsity letter place kicker for University of Pittsburgh Panthers (1973-1976). Member, 1976 National Championship and Eastern Champion Lambert Award teams. Set 18 Panther and 3 NCAA all-time place kick points records. 1976 1st team All-East, 2nd team UPI All-American, Pitt Panthers all-time team. Buffalo Bills All-time rookie team. Set Pennsylvania and National records of 51 and 54 yard field goals at North Schuylkill HS. Named 1972 Big 33 team. Selected 1999 Sports Illustrated top 100 20th century football players and honorable mention Pennsylvania 20th century football team. 1985 inductee into Jerry Wolman/Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
• Three Sport athlete in High School
• All section in Basketball as well as a three year starter
• Four year starter in Baseball
• Three year starter in Football, named to big 33 PA all-star game
• Associated Press all-state, Sporting News National High School All-American, WPIAL MVP
• Played Football and Baseball at Pitt, NCAA All-American in Baseball in his Senior year, batting Avg. .465.
• Three year starter on the Football team as a Quarterback
• Led team to a 9-1 record in 1963 and number 3 National ranking
• He gained over 3,000 yards in 3 seasons at Pitt
• Played two season with the Washington Redskins while getting his masters.
• In 2002 was inducted into the Mid Mon Valley Hall of Fame
• In 2011 inducted into Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame
The Bowl Championship Series has drawn its share of criticism in recent years as college football fans clamor for a true playoff system that would determine a champion on the field, but controversy concerning bowl games and bowl matchups is nothing new. We should remember a team that finished the season 9-1 and was ranked third in the nation did not go to a bowl game.
Fred Mazurek was the quarterback of that 1963 University of Pittsburgh football squad.
Mazurek was a three-sport star at Redstone High School in the late 1950's and early 1960's. He excelled on the gridiron, on the hardwood and on the baseball diamond.
Those days of playing for the Black Hawks are etched in Mazurek's mind.
"We had a tremendous football coach," Mazurek said proudly. "Joe Bosnic was really a tough guy and we ended up with only 18 players on our team. We had about 180 in our senior class and we were playing teams like Johnstown and Uniontown and all those teams that had more players than we did. In fact, when we were scrimmaging to prepare for a game, we could only scrimmage a half a line because we didn't have enough players.
"We did some things from an offensive point of view that were certainly very innovative. We ran a belly series in high school, which didn't come into vogue until after that. It was an innovative offense and the kids had to be tough. We did quite well. My senior year we were 7-1-1 and we had tied Johnstown, 14-14, and I think that was what kept us out of the WPIAL playoffs."
A football injury almost derailed Mazurek's career.
During the last game of his sophomore year against German Township, Mazurek was carried off the field. He was near death on an operating table. He was semi-conscious for 12 days. He underwent a five-hour operation.
He wore a modified baseball batting helmet when he played basketball that season.
Mazurek was a guard and was named All-Section for three consecutive years.
"Duke offered me a basketball scholarship and Fordham, as well, when I came out of high school," Mazurek stated. "I averaged like 26 point per game my last year and I think I was the second leading scorer in the county. Buddy Quertinmont, who went to West Virginia, averaged almost 30 points a game that year. I played in some All-Star games with guys who had college basketball scholarships. We played in the Monessen Tournament and I remember I was the MVP in that tournament."
In baseball, Mazurek was a four-year regular for Redstone who played many positions before settling in as an outfielder.
In 1959, Mazurek pitched Uniontown Post 47 to a 10-4 win to clinch the state VFW baseball title. The losing pitcher in that tilt was Lew Krausse, who signed a contract with the Kansas City Athletics and went on to become a successful major league pitcher.
Mazurek played for the Pals Club in the Fayette County League. He was a member of the All-West Junior American Legion team for two years.
"Joe Namath and I ended up being selected the quarterbacks on the Big 33 Pennsylvania All-Stars," Mazurek recalled. "Interestingly enough both he and I were baseball players and we both got selected to the American Legion All-Star team and so we opted out of the Big 33 game to play baseball."
The high school exploits of Mazurek led to quite a bit of recognition.
In 1960, he was selected to the Associated Press All-State football squad with only a one-point difference in the balloting between Mazurek and Beaver Falls' Namath. Mazurek was also a Sporting News National High School All-American football selection. He was also named the Most Valuable Player in the WPIAL. Mazurek was one of 12 players named to Teen Magazine's All-American team and garnered similar honors from Scholastic Magazine.
Mazurek was a highly recruited athlete when he graduated from Redstone in 1961.
"All the Big 10 schools and Eastern schools," Mazurek said. "Basically, I ended up with Pitt because my dad was a Pitt fan and we were a very close family. But historically Pitt was a favorite of my dad's."
Coach John Michelosen out-recruited 80 schools for the football services of the 5-10, 180 pound Mazurek.
Pitt had finished 3-7 in 1961 and 5-5 in 1962, so there really wasn't any indication that the Panthers were primed for a big season in 1963.
"I think what helped us were the red shirt guys," Mazurek reflected. "People like John Maczuzak and Ernie Borghetti, guys that had their fifth year. I don't know if there was any indication even after my sophomore year that we would have the team that we had."
Pitt's lone loss was a 24-12 defeat at the hands of Roger Staubach and Navy at Annapolis.
"Losing to Navy was extremely disappointing," Mazurek recalled. "I felt very bad after the Navy game. I don't know what happened, it was just one of those days. I think if we played Navy nine other times, even though Roger Staubach played for them, I think we were capable of beating them six or seven out of nine or 10 times. But I had a very poor game and I can't explain what happened."
Pitt bounced back the next week by beating Syracuse, then finished the season with successive victories over Notre Dame, Army, Miami and Penn State.
"After the Navy game, the next week against Syracuse I won national back of the week honors from the AP," Mazurek explained.
Despite the 9-1 record there was no bowl game for the Panthers.
Pitt's game with Penn State scheduled for Nov. 23 was postponed until Dec. 7 because of the assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22. Kennedy's death wound up hurting Pitt's bowl chances. Pitt wanted to play in the Cotton or Orange bowl, but wound up with a Sun Bowl bid because of the Penn State postponement, but they turned down the bid.
Pitt awarded the 1963 team watches inscribed "uninvited" and they went down in history as the "No Bowl Team."
Mazurek's senior year was a disappointment as Pitt fell to a 3-5-2 record. For Mazurek, it was an injury-plagued season. He spent almost the entire season recuperating from injuries. He had the distinction of being the second Pitt player to gain over 3,000 yards in three seasons.
In 1965, he played in the East-West game and teamed with Navy's Staubach. Mazurek scored the only touchdown for the East as they fell to the West squad, 11-7.
Mazurek also excelled as a baseball player at Pitt and has fond memories. "I had a great experience and thought the guys on the baseball team were fantastic and, of course, Coach Bobby Lewis was just a great guy."
In his senior season at Pitt, Mazurek batted .465 to finish second in the NCAA batting race and he made All-American as a center fielder.
He passed on several chances to play professional baseball and signed with the NFL.
Mazurek played two seasons with the NFL Washington Redskins and completed his master's degree at Catholic University.
Since 1989, Mazurek has served as Tax Director for Beckman Coulter Inc. and is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of California.
Mazurek, 68, is living in LaQuinta, Calif., with his wife Sue, who is a daughter of former Pitt Coach John Michelosen. They have two sons, David and Marty.
Mazurek was honored in 1991 to be named the University of Pittsburgh Awardee of Distinction by fellow lettermen and he was inducted into the Mon Valley Hall of Fame in 2002.
Glenn R Robinson
West Chester Univ. Graduate, went directly into College coaching at Franklin & Marshall in 1968, became head coach in 1971. All time wins leader in Div. III (833); currently 5th on the list of active NCAA Coaches Victory List; has 24 seasons with 21+ victories. Coached 16 All-Americans, reached NCAA Div. III tournaments 23 times including 2012 when team reached the Elite Eight and had a 28-3 record; his teams also reached the Sweet Sixteen on 16 occasions and Elite Eight 10 times and 5 Final Four. His 1991 team finished as National Runner-Up, losing to Wisconsin-Platteville. Named basketball Times Div. III “Coach of the Year” in 1991, earned Conference and NABC “Coach of the Year” 12 times and in 2009 D 3 Hoops.com “Coach of the Year”. He was inducted into the West Chester Univ. Hall of Fame in 2004, the Delaware Co. Chapter of the PSHF in 2009, and the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the PSHF in 2010.
Robert Jay Sigel
Jay Sigel has one of the most illustrious careers in U.S. Amateur Golf history. Won two U.S. Amateur titles, 1982, 1983. Won British Amateur 1979. Won U.S. Mid-Amateur three times – 1983, 1985, 1987. Turned pro 1993 – joined Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour). Tour Rookie of the Year 1994. Won 1994 GTE West Classic, seven other Tour events. Low Amateur 1980, 1984 U.S. Open, and 1980, 1981, 1988 Masters. Member record Nine Walker Cup team, including eight winners. Won 11 PA Amateur titles. Won first Arnold Palmer Scholarship at Wake Forest University. Graduated in 1967. Won PIAA State Golf Championship 1960, 1961 Lower Merion High School. This year sponsoring 20th Jay Sigel Invitation Tournament benefit prostate cancer research.
Stephen J. "Steve" Smear
Steve was a legendary athlete at Johnstown Bishop McCort high school earning All-State honors in Football and leading the Basketball team to a PCIAA State Championship. He was a three-year starter at tackle and captained the 1968 and 1969 Orange Bowl Championship squads. He and Mike Reid formed what many feel was the best defensive tackle tandem in college football history. A fourth round pick of the Baltimore Colts he elected to play in the Canadian League where he was a member of the Montreal Allouettes 1970 Grey Cup Champions from 1970-76 and an All-Star two of those years.
Nelson J. "Nellie" King
Nellie King was a relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954-1957. After his MLB career Nellie’s natural story-telling excelled in radio as sports reporter for WHGB in Greensburgh, and later as Bob Prince’s KDKA broadcast partner for the Pirates from 1967-1975. From 1957-2004 he served as Sports Information Director and Golf Coach for Duquense University. A graduate of the Milton Hershey School, Nellie was instilled with a passion for giving back. King served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA for 25 years, raising over $1,000,000.
Richard P. "Richie" McCabe
An All-City running back at North Catholic High School, played in the Dapper Dan Classic, and earned a scholarship to Pitt where he was a four-year starter on both sides of the ball. His tough, durable, intelligent play led him to a seven year career in the NFL with the Steelers (4), Redskins (1), and Bills (2). Following a knee injury, he moved on to coaching defensive backs in the NFL and was the Defensive Coordinator with Buffalo and Cleveland for five seasons and was in his fifth year as Dever’s Defensive Coordinator when he died of cancer in 1983.
Mel C. Blount
Mel was inducted into The Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Drafted in the 3rd round (1970) out of Southern University, a starter in 1972 and, became the prototype cornerback of his era. He possessed the ideal size, speed and quickness, plus the toughness and mental ability to adjust to coverage as the rules changed. He was All-Pro four years; Defensive Player-of-the-year in 1975, leading the league with 11 interceptions. He played in four Super Bowls, 200 of 201 regular season games with 57 career interceptions (736 yards) for two touchdowns and 13 fumble recoveries for two more.
James P. "Jimbo" Covert
In 2003 Jim was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame, acknowledging his 1981 and 1982 status as a consensus All-American offensive lineman at Pitt. A three-year starter that allowed only three sacks (zero his senior season) and played in the Hula and Senior Bowl games. A 1st round draft choice of the Chicago Bears, he was an NFL All-Rookie pick in 1983, a vital cog on the 1985 Super Bowl XX team, and the 1986 NFL “Offensive-Lineman-of-the-year”. The late Walter Payton called him the NFL’s “Best offensive tackle”. He was born in Conway, PA.
In 2020. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Walter A Bahr
Walter was a professional soccer player, and considered one of the greatest ever in his country. He was the long-time captain of the U.S. national team and played in the 1950 FIFA World Cup when the U.S. defeated England 1–0.
Bahr, a native of Philadelphia, began playing soccer at the age of 11 and joined the Philadelphia Nationals of the professional American Soccer League as an amateur player. He was paid a great compliment during the Scottish national team tour of the U.S. in 1949 by former Scottish international Tommy Muirhead, who wrote in the Glasgow Daily Mail, "Bahr is good enough to play for any First Division team in the United Kingdom."
After participating in the 1948 Summer Olympics, Bahr turned professional and helped his club win ASL titles in 1950, 1951, 1953, and 1955. In the summer of 1953, he helped Montréal Hakoah FC reach the Canadian final. He then switched to the Uhrik Truckers, another team in the Philadelphia area, and won the ASL title in 1956. He then joined Montreal Sparta in late August where he won the 1956 Quebec Cup.
Professional soccer players at that time made little money, however, and Bahr also was a high school teacher during his playing years. He coached the Philadelphia Spartans of the American Soccer League from 1969-70. He moved to the college ranks to coach Temple University from 1970-73. He then coached Penn State to 12 NCAA tournament appearances from 1974–88, including taking the Nittany Lions to the 1979 semifinals, when he was named College Coach of the Year.
Bahr was selected to the U.S. national team in 1949 and appeared in 19 games, with one goal. In the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. upset the English team 1–0, with the goal scored by Joe Gaetjens off a pass by Bahr. The entire team was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1976. Bahr was featured in the 2009 soccer documentary A Time for Champions discussing the U.S. upset victory over England in the 1950 World Cup.
He died June 18, 2018 at the age of 91.
James J Sweeney
A standout lineman and team captain at the University of Pittsburgh earning NSCA and AP/UPI All-American recognition. Starred with the New York Jets from 1984-1994, playing in 166 consecutive games/158 consecutive starts at guard, tackle or center. Was a Pro-Bowl Alternate at three different positions. 1984 All-Rookie Team. Sports Illustrated All-NFL in 1988, and the Jets All-Time 4-Decades Team. Moved to Seattle where he started 16 more games (174 total) and finished his career as a valuable backup for three seasons with the Steelers in 1999. Has continued in football as a high school and college offensive line coach.
Carl M Schnellenbach
From his roots in West Reading, a 4 sports athlete, Carl is entering his 50th year as Ridley HS outstanding Wrestling Coach. He is the all-time winningest wrestling coach in PIAA history, (690-194-8). His teams have won 17 Central League Championships. Carl is listed in the top 10 on the National Wrestling Coaches Win list & was inducted into the PA Wrestling Hall of Fame (1988), Delco Athletic Hall (1992), Delaware County Chapter of PSHF (1992), Berks County Chapter of PSHF (2010). In 2008 he was honored to be selected Nationally as Head Coach of “USA Dream Team”, in the USA vs. Iowa tournament (USA 40-Iowa 15). Forty plus former wrestlers have become coaches and referees. For 41 years he was a top assistant for an outstanding football program winning over 400 games competing in several PIAA District & State Tournaments. As a head track coach he helped develop 2 State Champions. At age 77, he is still an active coach.
Larry E Marshall
Larry was an outstanding running back at Bishop Egan High School from 1964 to 1967, under the direction of Coach Dick Bedesem, he helped the Eagles to back-to-back Philadelphia City Title wins in 1966 and 1967. He was All-Catholic and MVP of the 1967 city title game.
After Egan, Larry played at the University of Maryland where he garnered All-ACC honors and the Maryland MVP award in his senior year as defensive back.
He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1972; that year he won the Mack Lee Hill Award as the Chiefs top rookie. Larry led the Chiefs in punt and kickoff returns in 1972 & 1973.
He played the next four seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles where he set Eagle records for punt returns and yards while leading the National Football conference with 10.6 yard average.
A 1982 graduate of Bristol HS, was one of the finest athletes in Bucks Co. history. As a student-athlete at Bristol, Jeff scored 1,000 points in basketball and passed for 1,000 yards in football. In 1982, Jeff was named Honorable Mention All-State in both sports.
After graduation, Jeff attended Temple from 1982 to 1985 where he earned All-Atlantic 10 and All-East Coast honors in baseball. Jeff is tied with John Marzano for highest career batting average (.413) and stands alone with the highest career slugging percentage (.778). During his Temple career he also held Owl records for most bases, extra base hits, highest HR percentage, and highest slugging percentage. Member of 2 Atlantic 10 Championships. Inducted into Temple University HOF in 2000.
From 1985 to 2000, He played professional baseball. Jeff was drafted by the Yankees in 1985, but signed with the California Angels that same year. He was a member of the 1993 Phillies NL Champions, the 1997 Indians AL Champions, and the 1999 World Champions Yankees. Jeff holds the major league record for consecutive home runs (4) and the AL record for 5 home runs in 3 days. He was the MVP in both the Texas and International Leagues.
After his playing career ended, he worked as a hitting coach, as well as manager for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was hired as the Pittsburgh Pirates Hitting Coordinator in 2003 and then was named the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach in November 2005.He was the hitting coach for the Pirates for two seasons from 2006–2007. In 2006 helped guide Freddy Sanchez to the NL Batting Title with a .344 batting average. Also, during his time as the Pirates hitting coach, Manto saw the future breakout potential of then Pirate, José Bautista.
On October 31, 2011, Manto was named hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox where he helped guide Adam Dunn to AL Comeback Player of the Year in 2012.
He currently serves as the Minor League Hitting Coordinator for the Baltimore Orioles.
James R Leyland
A veteran of 47 years in professional baseball and has managed more than 3,000 games. This includes managinv the Pittsburgh Pirates (86-96), Florida Marlins (97-98), Colorado Rockies (99), and Detroit Tigers (2006-11). He won three straight NL East divisional championships with the Pirates (90-92), won the World Series with the Marlins (97) and took the Tigers to the 2006 World Series. Named NL and AL Manager of the Year. Spent six seasons as a minor league catcher in the Tigers organization(64-69). Lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Perrysburg (OH) High School. Makes his home in Pittsburgh with wife Katie and children Patrick and Kellie.