By Matt Popchock
93.7 The Fan midday host Ron Cook (“Vinnie & Cook,” weekdays 10:00-2:00 on KDKA-FM) was one of a number of local sports figures honored recently at the annual Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at The Fez in Hopewell.
Established in 1975, the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and other individuals who have helped bring fame to that corner of southwestern Pennsylvania. Cook, no stranger to that stardom, is a native of Beaver Falls, the same town that produced fellow inductees “Broadway Joe” Namath and two-time World Series champion Terry Francona.
It is also the home of Blackhawk High School, which is known for its great success in baseball, basketball, and football–a sport Cook played under legendary and still-active coach Joe Hamilton back when his alma mater was still known as Northwestern High School.
This year Cook, a veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports columnist recognized for excellence in journalism, was part of an induction class that includes fellow journalist Ed Rose, the longtime sports editor of the Beaver County Times, who supervised Cook for many years at that newspaper.
Check out the video below, courtesy of HeyRubino.com/Rubino Productions, at the 6:45 mark to see Ron reminisce about being part of Beaver County’s fine athletic tradition, and his personal highlight from his time at the Post-Gazette, while offering advice for future generations of journalists:
Watch the video in full to learn more about Rose and the rest of this year’s inductees.
Now to find an artist for that Ron Cook statue…
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