2023 Mill Rats Walk of Fame
George Azar kicked the winning field goal in undefeated Greater Johnstown High
School’s 1958 WPIAL championship game against Clairton at Pitt Stadium. A three-
year starter at guard / linebacker at Michigan State University, Azar also was a catcher
on the Spartans baseball team. The Johnstown Junior League MVP had a single-
season 19 homers, a record which stood for 30 years. He was an administrator with the
Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL for 10 years. Azar won the 1958 Point Stadium Award.
A AAABA Hall of Famers who pitched on the Pepsi-Cola and Knickerbocker franchises
that dominated the local Johnstown Junior League in the early 1990s, Berry appeared in
four AAABA Tournaments from 1990 to 1993, and was only the second Johnstown
franchise player to accomplish the feat. The first to do so was Pete Vuckovich, a future
Cy Young Award winning pitcher.
Robert “Willis” DeBouse
A long-time baseball and softball umpire, and PIAA football and basketball official, Willis
DeBouse worked numerous games at Point Stadium. For 39 years, DeBouse
contributed as a PIAA official, among his highlights are umpiring the World Friendship
Games at The Point in 1983 and working many AAABA Tournaments.
An All-American on a Notre Dame University national championship team and standout
defensive lineman on the Denver Broncos in the National Football League, Pete
Duranko earned nationwide respect as a spokesman to raise awareness of Lou
Gehrig’s Disease. The graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School played in the
“Game of the Century” for Notre Dame against Michigan State in 1996.
A Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Canton, Ohio, Jack Ham was one of the best
outside linebackers in the NFL. He was part of four Super Bowl championships with the
Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty of the 1970s. Ham earned NFL Defensive Player of the
Year in 1975. He stood out at Bishop McCort Catholic High School and was an All-
American linebacker at Penn State University before the Steelers drafted him in the
second round in 1971. Ham has spent more than 20 years on the Penn State football
radio broadcast team.
A left guard and tackle on the Windber Area High School football team, Frank Kush was
part of the memorable performances at Point Stadium when the Ramblers played rival
Greater Johnstown. An All-American guard at Michigan State University, Kush played on Spartans team that lost only one game. Kush coaches the Arizona State University
football team to a 176-54-1 record and 19 winning seasons from 1958 to 1979.
Dee Dee Osborne
A former Greater Johnstown High School baseball coach and AAABA Hall of Fame
manager / GM, Osborne won 239 games in 25 seasons at Greater Johnstown, including
a District 6 Class 3A championship in 1998. He was part of 541 regular season wins as
either a manger or GM in the local AAABA League and led nine teams into the AAABA
Tournament, including four times as a manager.
A Greater Johnstown High School standout in baseball and football, Eugene “Gene”
Pentz earned the 1970 Point Stadium Award. The right-hander pitched for Johnstown
Monte Carlo in the AAABA Tournament, earning MVP in 1970. Draft by the Detroit
Tigers, Pentz spent four seasons in the Major League Baseball with the Tigers and
Houston Astros. The Trojans linebacker accepted a full scholarship to play football at
Wake Forest University before signing his professional baseball contract.
The 1982 American League Cy Young Award winner, Pete Vuckovich led the Milwaukee
Brewers to the World Series and pitched in Game 7, leaving the mound with the lead.
He won 93 games in 11 Major League seasons. A three-sport standout at Conemaugh
Valley High School, he pitched at Clarion University. Vuckovich appeared in four
AAABA Tournaments with Johnstown Monte Carlo and won the Point Stadium Award in
1971 and 1972. Vuckovich spent three decades as a pitching coach, assistant GM and
scout in the majors and had a role as Clu Haywood in the movie ‘Major League.’