Crawford County Sports
A switch-hitter who was adept at getting on base, Wally Schang was considered by many to be the best catcher of his time. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1913–17, 1930), Boston Red Sox (1918–20), New York Yankees (1921–25), St. Louis Browns (1926–29) and Detroit Tigers (1931). Prior to this he and his brother played for the Spirella-Pullmans in Meadville, PA.
William Orange Forman, was born on October 10, 1886, in Venango, Pennsylvania, the youngest of William (Billy) and Almira (Myra) Forman’s three children. He entered Allegheny College in1908 and at the same time he started pitching for the company team of Meadville’s largest employer, the Spirella Corset Company. Forman would eventually go on to pitch for the Washington Senators in 1909.
William Frederick "Bones" Ely (June 7, 1863 – January 10, 1952) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. He was born in North Girard, Pennsylvania. During the 1904 season, Bones Ely along with his brother Ben Ely purchased the Portland Browns of the Pacific Coast League. Bones Ely managed 33 games that season before resigning his position on May 16. The Ely brothers sold their shares of the team to Walter McCredie and William Wallace McCredie before the end of the season.
Clinton Harold Brown (July 8, 1903 – December 31, 1955) was a professional baseball player from Black Ash, near Guys Mills. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of fifteen seasons (1928–1942) with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. For his career, he compiled an 89–93 record in 434 appearances, mostly as a relief pitcher, with a 4.26 earned run average and 410 strikeouts.
Robert Michael "Bob" Garbark was a mutli-sport athlete and coach. He played Major League Baseball as a catcher with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics, and Boston Red Sox. Garbark coached baseball at his alma mater, Allegheny College, for 32 seasons. He also coached football for Allegheny in 1946, and basketball at the school for 19 seasons. Garbark played on the football team as a fullback and was captain of the team in 1931.