Friday, June 20, 2008

Famous People From Youngstown:

Roger Ailes
Media Executive
President of
Fox News Channel, born in Warren
Catherine Bach
Best known as Daisy Duke on
The Dukes of Hazzard, born in Warren
Stiv Bators
Singer and Musician
Best known for work with the punk rock band
The Dead Boys, born and raised in Youngstown
Christopher Barzak
Novelist, short story writer, attended
Youngstown State University, resides in Youngstown
Billy Beck
Keyboardist, pianist, and songwriter for the Original and New
Ohio Players, as well as Zapp and Roger, graduate of Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music, raised on Youngstown's south side
Pat Bilon
Best known for performances in
Under the Rainbow and E.T., born in Youngstown[6]
Robert and Ronald Bell
Members of funk and soul group
Kool & the Gang, originally from Youngstown's east side
Earl Derr Biggers
Best known as creator of the fictional detective
Charlie Chan, born in Warren
John Steven Bloom
Worked with performers including
Alice Cooper, Billy Bob Thornton, and Weird Al Yankovic, raised in Liberty Township
Mick Boogie
Disk jockey
Official DJ of the
Cleveland Cavaliers, born in Youngstown
Simeon Booker
First African-American reporter for
The Washington Post, well-known journalist for Jet magazine, reported on the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the Youngstown Negro League Baseball team; won numerous awards throughout his career, raised in Youngstown
Tiny Bradshaw
Jazz and rhythm and blues bandleader, best known for 1950's Train Kept A-Rollin', born in Youngstown
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
Founder of Youngstown's
Butler Institute of American Art, the first American museum dedicated to American art, lived in Youngstown[7]
Noah Cicero
Known for fierce depictions of the lives of lower-class Youngstown residents, he currently lives in nearby
Jay Clayton
Internationally acclaimed avant-garde vocalist and jazz educator, born in Youngstown
Clay Cole
Radio personality
Disc jockey and host of the
The Clay Cole Show from 1959 until 1968, born in Youngstown
Chris Columbus
Director of
Goonies, Rent, Home Alone, and the first two installments of the Harry Potter movies, raised in Warren
Jim Cummings
Voice actor
Known for providing the voice of
Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, originally from Youngstown's north side
Mark Dailey
Television host
Host of popular talk show in
Toronto, Canada, and voice actor for animated films such as Medabots and The Ripping Friends, born in Youngstown
John DeMain
Former director of the Texas Opera Theater,
Houston Grand Opera, and Opera Omaha, earned a Grammy for his recording of Porgy and Bess, born in Youngstown
Jerry DePizzo
Member of
O.A.R., originally from Liberty Township and Youngstown's north side
Bob DiPiero
country hits for recording stars including the Oak Ridge Boys and former wife Pam Tillis, graduated from Youngstown State University
Jonathan Eldell
Most recently has starred or appeared in the films Fine-Tune, Unspeakable and She's out of My League
Donald Erb
Best known for orchestral works such as Concerto for Brass and Orchestra and Klangfarbenfunk, born in Youngstown
Joe Flynn
Co-star of 1960s television series
McHale's Navy, originally from Youngstown's north side[8]
Gary Friedkin
Appeared in
Under the Rainbow, Young Doctors in Love, and TV sitcom Happy Days, born in Youngstown[9]
Brian Gage
Writes satire and fiction, born in Youngstown
Edmond Hamilton
science fiction writer and husband of famed screenplay writer Leigh Brackett, born in Youngstown
Elizabeth Hartman
Best known for performance in
A Patch of Blue, originally from Boardman.[10]
Sean Jones
Member of
Wynton Marsalis' band, raised in Warren and schooled at YSU's Dana School of Music
Phil Keaggy
Guitarist best known for work with
Glass Harp, originally from Hubbard
Lady Miss Kier
Singer and disc jockey best-known for her work with early 1990's band
Deee-Lite, later became an influential House and Dance Music writer and producer, born in Youngstown
Sorche Nic Leodhas
Writer of prizewinning children's books based on
Scottish legend, recipient of Newbery Honor and Caldecott Medal, born in Youngstown
Nanette Lepore
Fashion Designer
Born in Youngstown and attended
Youngstown State University
Dave Malkoff
News reporter for
KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV in Los Angeles
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth
Television personality
Raised on the city's north side
Val Mayerik
Comic book artist best known as the co-creator of
Howard the Duck, born in Youngstown
Maureen McGovern
Best known for the 1970s hit "The Morning After", originally from Boardman
Michael McGovern
A product of Youngstown's 19th-century steel mills who became nationally known as "the Puddler Poet"
Booker Newberry III
Best known as member of mid-1970s soul groups Sweet Thunder ("Baby I Need Your Love Today"), and Impact, born in Youngstown
Sharon Rae North
Jazz vocalist based in metro-Atlanta; in October 2007, she released her acclaimed CD "The Way You Make Me Feel", originally from Youngstown's south side
Ed O'Neill
Best known for playing
Al Bundy on Married... with Children, originally from Youngstown's north side[12]
Mike Pachelli
Musician and radio personality
Appears on Warner Brothers affiliate WTMV in the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Orlando area, has interviewed
Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, and other leading musicians, born in Youngstown
Michael Pataki
Veteran of television shows including
The Green Hornet, The Flying Nun, McCloud, and Star Trek; born in Youngstown
Kenneth Patchen
Poet best known for
Beat-era work, born and raised in Niles
Charles Steven and Mark Angelo Peachock
Winners of 1997
International Jugglers' Association gold medal, performs internationally, born in Youngstown
Austin Pendleton
Actor and Director
Best known for performances in What's Up Doc,
The Front Page, The Muppet Movie, My Cousin Vinny, A Beautiful Mind, and Oz; born in Warren
Jane Randolph
Best known for leading roles in low-budger
film noir classics such as Cat People and The Curse of the Cat People, born in Youngstown
Olga Rudge
Concert violinist best known in early years for recovering lost works of
Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, she later gained notoriety as the long-term lover of expatriate poet Ezra Pound, born in Youngstown[13]
Chris Rutushin
Filmmaker and Photojournalist
Awarded an
Emmy for "Jeffrey's Recipe", a news feature about a former drug dealer turned chef who reaches out to inner-city youths; also Writer/Director of the full-length feature film, "Fine-Tune"
Bill Saluga
Best known for character of
Ray J. Johnson, who appeared on popular Miller Lite commercials in the 1980s, from Youngstown
Ryan Saul
Literary Agent
Represents such writers as Ron J. Friedman and Steve Bencich (writers of Open Season, Brother Bear, and Chicken Little), Peter Briggs (Hellboy), and Bear Aderhold and Tom Sullivan (co-writers of Delta Farce, starring Larry The Cable Guy); born in Youngstown, grew-up in Boardman
Adam Scone
Hammond B3 Organist. Playing in popular bands
JJ Grey & MOFRO, Sugarman 3, and an many Soul Jazz Groups; recording for Daptone Records and Alligator Records; named International Archives of Jazz Organ Organist of the Month in August 2006
John Sferra
Drummer best known for his work with
Glass Harp, from Youngstown
Victor Slezak
Appeared in films such as
The Bridges of Madison County and The Devil's Own, portrayed John F. Kennedy in science fiction cult classic Timequest, appeared in several episodes of Law & Order, and narrates popular books on CD, born in Youngstown
Max Shagrin
Film Industry Executive
Warner Bros.' general manager of theaters in early 20th century, from Youngstown
Ross H. Spencer
Mystery writer best remembered for satirical spoofs of private eye genre, lived in Youngstown
Sylvester the Jester
Television appearances include
NBC's World's Wildest Magic, ABC's Champions of Magic II, Jerry Lewis's Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and The Discovery Channel's More Science of Magic, born in Youngstown
Tere Tereba
Fashion designer and actress
Pioneer of contemporary clothing design who appeared in
Andy Warhol's Bad, born in Warren
Rick Ungar
Writer/Executive Producer
Best known for producing animated TV series
Biker Mice From Mars, born in Youngstown
Paula Wagner
Film producer
Cruise/Wagner Productions with film star Tom Cruise, which produced The Last Samurai, War of the Worlds, and the Mission: Impossible sequels; born in Youngstown
Jennifer Walcott
Limited film appearances, best known for work as
Playboy centerfold model, raised in Youngstown
Bob Walker
Best known for nature
photography and environmental activism, grew up in Youngstown
Albert Warner
Movie pioneer
Co-founder of
Warner Bros. Studios, lived on Youngstown's north side.[15]
Harry Warner
Movie pioneer
Co-founder of
Warner Bros. Studios, lived on Youngstown's north side.[15]
Jack Warner
Movie pioneer
Co-founder and eventual head of
Warner Bros. studios, raised on Youngstown's north side[16]
Sam Warner
Movie pioneer
Co-founder of
Warner Bros., procured technology for first feature-length talking picture; spent youth and early adulthood on Youngtown's north side[17]
Mel Watkins
Best known for memoir Dancing with Strangers, raised on Youngstown's south side
Ryan West
Record Producer
Engineer and musician, currently in
New York City, known best for mixing and engineering many platinum and gold hip hop and R&B records by artists such as Jay Z, Dr Dre and Usher, which earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004; born and raised in nearby Liberty Township, Trumbull County, Ohio
Chris Cerenelli, News Reporter for WHIZ-TV Zanesville, OH and WJET-TV Erie, PA

[edit] Musical groups

The Edsels
Members of the doo-wop group best remembered for their 1961 hit, "
Rama Lama Ding Dong", from Youngstown and nearby Campbell, Ohio
The Human Beinz
Rock and roll
Members of the 1960s singing group best known for their hit single, "
Nobody But Me", from Youngstown
Glass Harp
From the Youngstown area
From Youngstown and nearby Campbell, Ohio

[edit] Business

Harry Burt
Created the
Good Humor ice cream bar in the early 1920s, developed and introduced product in Youngstown[18]
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
Co-owner of the Ohio Steel Company, one of Youngstown's earliest
steel manufacturers, and founder of the Butler Institute of American Art; lived in Youngstown[7]
William M. Cafaro
Pioneer in construction of strip malls and enclosed malls, including the
Eastwood Mall, born on Youngstown's East Side[19]
William H. Calbreath
Advertising Icon
Presumed model for the
Cream of Wheat trademark, lived and died in Youngstown[20]
James A. Campbell
Co-founder of
Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company; Campbell, Ohio, was named in his honor[21]
Michael Capellas
Former chair of
Compaq Computer Corporation, born in Warren
Edward J. DeBartolo Sr.
Contractor and Developer
Played a pioneering role in the development of the modern
shopping mall; born and raised in Youngstown
Harvey Samuel Firestone
Founder of
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, born and raised in neighboring Columbiana County.
Mary Wells Lawrence
Advertising Executive
Developed iconic advertising campaigns of the 1960s, youngest person inducted into the Copywriter's Hall of Fame, born in Youngstown
Joseph A. McDonald
Oversaw construction of the Ohio Works of the
Carnegie Steel Company, based in Youngstown[22]
Thomas McDonald
General manager of the Youngstown district of the
Carnegie Steel Company; McDonald, Ohio, was named in his honor
Michael I. Monus
Discount Chain Entrepreneur
Co-founded the
Phar-Mor discount drug chain, which had 200 outlets across the country before its dissolution in the early 1990s; born in Youngstown
Forrest and Leroy Raffel
Fast-food entrepreneurs
Established the world-famous
Arby's fast-food chain; opened first restaurant in nearby Boardman, Ohio
James Ward and William Doud Packard
Automotive innovators
Packard Motor Car Company, from Youngstown-Warren area
Joseph and Dora Schwebel
Business people
Founders of
Schwebel's Bakery, whose bread products are now distributed across the country
Ella P. Stewart
One of the first
African-American female pharmacists in the United States; resided in Youngstown
George D. Wick
Organized the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company with James A. Campbell, among prominent figures who perished during the sinking of the
Titanic on its maiden voyage[23]
Henry Wick
Joined Joseph G. Butler, Jr., in forming the Ohio Steel Company, one of Youngstown's first steel manufacturing firms
Roosevelt Zanders
Harlem-based limousine service whose clients included Fidel Castro, Gertrude Lawrence, and Richard Nixon; raised in Youngstown

[edit] Education

Salvatore Attardo
Professor at
Youngstown State University and editor-in-chief of Humor, the journal for the International Society of Humor Research
Christopher Bache
Professor of religious studies at
Youngstown State University and former director of transformative learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, near San Francisco
G. William Domhoff
Best known for controversial 1960s bestseller Who Rules American?, born in Youngstown
Louis Hartz
Political scientist
Best known for 1955 classic The Liberal Tradition in America, born in Youngstown
Arthur Laffer
University of Southern California faculty member, known for controversial "Laffer curve", born in Youngstown
William Holmes McGuffey
Best known for development of famed
McGuffey Readers, received early education in Youngstown
Morris Slavin
Wrote five well-regarded historical works on the
French Revolution, taught at Youngstown State University
David P. Weikart
Best known for developing High/Scope Cognitively-Oriented Curriculum, an
early childhood education program, born in Youngstown

[edit] Politics

Frank J. Battisti
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1961-1994); best known for rulings on Cleveland's school desegregation case; born and raised in Youngstown.[25]
John Boccieri
Served in the
Ohio House of Representatives's 61st District from in 2000 until 2006, and ran unopposed for a seat in the Ohio State Senate in 2006; born in Youngstown
Henry Lawrence Burnett
U.S. Assistant Judge Advocate General
Brevet brigadier general who served as prosecutor in trials for assassination of Abraham Lincoln, born in Youngstown
Capri Cafaro
Ohio State Senator from 32nd District, from Youngstown
Charles J. Carney
Served as U.S. Representative from 1970 to 1979; previously served as member of the
Ohio Senate from 1950 to 1970; born in Youngstown
John Hessin Clarke
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Supreme Court justice by President Woodrow Wilson, practiced law in Youngstown and was part-owner of The Youngstown Vindicator
John G. Cooper
Served as U.S. Representative from 1915 to 1937, resided in Youngstown
Ronald Daniels
Third-party candidate for
President of the United States, executive director of Center for Constitutional Rights, graduate of Youngstown State University
Marc Dann
Ohio Attorney General, elected to the position in 2006 as a Democrat, lives in nearby Liberty, practiced law in Youngstown before public office
Clarence Darrow
Best known for role as defense counsel in the "
Scopes Monkey Trial" and Leopold and Loeb murder trial; first practiced law in Youngstown[26]
Bob Hagan
Scion of an
Ohio Democratic political family whose defeat in Youngstown's 2005 mayoral race was followed by a successful run for Ohio State Representative
Robert Hagan
Served three terms in the
Ohio House of Representatives, served as Trumbull County Commisioner, served on traveling staff of vice presidential nominee Sargent Shriver in 1972, born in Youngstown
Tim Hagan
Cuyahoga County, Ohio commissioner and Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio in 2002, born in Youngstown
Gus Hall
Co-founder of the
United Steelworkers of America trade union, and five-time U.S. presidential candidate; organized 1930s "Little Steel Strike" in Youngstown-Warren area.[27]
Martin J. Hillenbrand
Served as
U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 1972 to 1976, born in Youngstown
Nathaniel R. Jones
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; appointed in 1967 as assistant general counsel to
President Johnson's famed Kerner Commission; born and raised in Youngstown.[28]
James Kennedy
Served as U.S. Representative from 1903 to 1911, resided in Youngstown
Michael J. Kirwan
Member of U.S. House of Representatives (1937–1970), became the first Northerner to serve as chair of the influential National Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, widely credited with
Democratic congressional victory of November 1954.[29]
Staughton Lynd
Best known for public opposition to the
Vietnam War, served as labor lawyer and activist in the Youngstown area, where he currently resides.[30]
George McKelvey
Democratic mayor of Youngstown. In 2004, he broke ranks with his party to endorse President George W. Bush for a second term.
William McKinley
President of the United States. Born in Niles, and attended school in Poland
Harry Meshel
Former Ohio state senator, president of the Ohio Senate, and chairman of the Ohio
Democratic Party; currently serves as lobbyist; born and raised in Youngstown
Volney Rogers
Attorney and civic leader
Played a key role in the establishment of Youngstown's celebrated
Mill Creek Park.[31]
Tim Ryan
U.S. Representative in Ohio's 17th District, raised in Niles
William R. Stewart
African American to serve in the Ohio Senate, first African-American attorney to establish a practice in Youngstown.[32]
Robert W. Tayler
Lawmaker and Judge
U.S. Representative from 1895 to 1903; in 1905 appointed by
Theodore Roosevelt as District Judge of the Northern District of Ohio, lived in Youngstown
Sue Thomas
FBI Agent
First deaf person to work in this capacity, and the inspiration for the television series
Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye
David Tod
Ohio Governor
Deeply respected by President
Abraham Lincoln for his measured response to dislocations of the American Civil War; Tod was offered (but refused) the position of U.S. Secretary of Treasury
James A. Traficant, Jr.
Lawmaker, inmate
Flamboyant former
Democratic Representative, now in federal prison after being prosecuted by the federal government on corruption charges, born and raised on Youngstown's South Side
Harriet Taylor Upton
Activist and Suffragette
The first woman to serve as vice chair of the Republican National Committee, raised in Warren
Cheryl L. Waite
First woman elected to serve on the Seventh District Court of Appeals, from Youngstown
Jay Williams
Independent-Democrat), first African-American mayor of Youngstown, born on city's East Side, now resides near Cornersburg, on city's West Side
Lyle Williams
Former U.S. representative, represented the Youngstown area for two terms before being defeated by James Traficant. Currently resides in

[edit] Religion

George Bennard
Best known for composing "
The Old Rugged Cross", born in Youngstown.[33]
Edward Mooney
Roman Catholic cardinal
Served as Roman Catholic archbishop of Detroit in the from 1937 until his death in 1958, raised on the North Side of Youngstown.
George Murry
Roman Catholic bishop
First African-American bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.[34]
Frank Schulman
Unitarian Universalist minister
Published several well-regarded books on the Unitarian tradition, served as Unitarian
pastor in Youngstown.

[edit] Science

Jerri Nielsen, M.D.
Doctor and author, best known for Ice Bound, the New York Times bestseller on the medical crisis she endured while trapped at a
South Pole research station, born and raised in the Youngstown area
Ronald A. Parise, Ph.D.
NASA Astronaut,
Payload Specialist
Graduate of Youngstown State University[35]
Thomas Bopp
Amateur Astronomer
Best known as co-discoverer of
Comet Hale-Bopp in 1995, graduate of Youngstown State University[36]

[edit] Sports

Red Ames
Played for the
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies, from Youngstown-Warren area
Cameron Argetsinger
Auto Racing Executive
Best known for creating the
Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course, born in Youngstown
Harry Arroyo
IBF Lightweight Champion of the World (1984 and 1985), born and raised in Youngstown.
Russell "Busty" Ashbaugh
Football Coach
Celebrated squad captain at
Brown University and legendary coach at Youngstown's South High School; mentor to collegiate and professional players such as Bob Dove and trainer of coaches such as Youngstown State University's Dwight "Dike" Beede and Ohio State University's Wes Fesler.[38]
Russell "Pete" Ashbaugh
Football player
Member of the
University of Notre Dame's 1946 and 1947 national championship teams, drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, played professionally for the Chicago Rockets, from Youngstown[39]
Bob Babich
Football player
Played for the
San Diego Chargers and the Cleveland Browns, born in Youngstown
Floyd Baker
Baseball player
Affiliated with the
St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, and other teams, lived and died in Youngstown[40]
Dwight "Dike" Beede
Football coach
Celebrated head coach at Youngstown State University, inventor of the penalty flag.
Tommy Bell
Fought for
welterweight title against Sugar Ray Robinson in 1946, born in Youngstown.
Dan Benish
Defensive Tackle
Played for
Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins, born in Youngstown.
Joey Browner
Strong Safety
Played for
Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, born in Warren.
Keith Browner
Defensive End
Played for
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and San Diego Chargers, born in Warren.
Ross Browner
Defensive End
Played 10 seasons in the NFL, mainly for
Cincinnati Bengals, played collegiately for the University of Notre Dame; born in Warren.
Prescott Burgess
Drafted by the
Baltimore Ravens in 2007 following college career at Michigan, from Warren.
George Henry Burns
First Baseman
played for
Philadelphia A's, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox, born in nearby Niles.
George Cappuzzello
Veteran of
Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, born and raised in Youngstown area.
Roy Castleton
Played for
New York Highlanders and Cincinnati Reds, gained national recognition for pitching a perfect game for the Youngstown Ohio Works ball club.[42]
John Catheline
Professional wrestler and actor
Better known by his ring name, "The Bouncer".[43]
Matt Cavanaugh
Veteran of the
New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants, most recently served as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, born and raised on Youngstown's west side.
Maurice Clarett
Running Back
Ohio State University football standout, from Youngstown-Warren area.
Bob Commings
Football Coach
Best remembered for leading
Iowa Hawkeyes to 12–10 upset victory over UCLA in 1974, born in Youngstown.
Sean Dabney
Defensive End
Standout at
Kansas State University under Bill Snyder, 1989–1993, graduate of Ursuline High School, 1st team All-State; Head coach Norman (Okla.) Irondogs, AFLO League Champions, 1997; grew up on Youngstown's north side.
Doug Datish
Played collegiately at
Ohio State, drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons, from Howland.
Bob Davie
Football Coach
Oce served as head coach and defensive coordinator of the
University of Notre Dame football team, current football analyst for ESPN and ABC, graduate of Youngstown State University.
Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.
Former owner of the
San Francisco 49ers, born in Youngstown.
Mike DeNiro
Football Player
Played at the
University of Alabama under Bear Bryant, former standout at Chaney High School, from Youngstown.[44]
Bob Dove
Lineman and Coach
College Football Hall of Fame, All-America end at the University of Notre Dame, eight seasons in the NFL, assistant coach at Youngstown State University, born in Youngstown.[45]
Dave Dravecky
San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants, retired, originally from the Youngstown suburb of Boardman.
William Thomas "Mother" Dunn
First outstanding linebacker in the history
Penn State Nittany Lions football; born in Youngstown.
Keilen Dykes
Defensive End
Plays for
West Virginia Mountaineers, born in Youngstown.
Sammy Ellis
Played for
Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox in 1960s, born in Youngstown.
Billy Evans
Umpire (Hall of Fame)
First hired to fill umpire vacancy at city's South Side Park, raised on Youngstown's west side.
James Farragher
Football Coach
As coach at
University of Notre Dame, compiled record of 14 wins, four losses, and two ties between 1901–1902, born in Youngstown.[47]
Mike Farragher
Prize Fighter
Nationally known in late 19th and early 20th centuries, from Youngstown.
Wes Fesler
Football Coach
Three-sport athlete at the
Ohio State University, including three consecutive years as a consensus first-team All-America selection in American football; football head coach at Wesleyan University, University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, and head basketball coach at Harvard University and Princeton University; born in Youngstown.
Mike Flores
Defensive End
Played for the
Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Redskins; born in Youngstown.
Anthony Floyd
Football Player
Formerly played as
NFL Europe safety for Barcelona Dragons; later played with Berlin Thunder and Houston Texans; born in Youngstown.
John Gerak
Football Player
Standout at
Pittsburgh State University who went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams, born in Youngstown.
Sloko Gill
Football Player
First person from Youngstown to play in the NFL, played center for the
Detroit Lions, later coached at Youngstown State University and Campbell Memorial High School.
David Givens
Wide Receiver
Plays for
Tennessee Titans, originally selected with seventh round pick out of the University of Notre Dame by the New England Patriots, born in Youngstown.
George Glinatsis
Played for
Seattle Mariners, born in Youngstown.
Randy Gradishar
Played for
Denver Broncos, played collegiately for Ohio State University, born in Warren.
Jon Heacock
Football Coach
Current head coach of
Youngstown State University football team.
Brad Hennessey
Currently plays for
San Francisco Giants; drafted during first round of 2001 MLB Draft out of Youngstown State University.
David Herron
Played for
Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots, born in Warren.
John Hirschbeck
Famously spat upon by an irate
Roberto Alomar in 1996, currently resides in Poland.
Edward J. Hogan
Pole Vaulter
Track and field standout at
University of Notre Dame, included on Notre Dame's sports "Wall of Honor", from Westlake's Crossing district of Youngstown.[49]
Marty Hogan
Played for
Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Browns, managed minor league clubs including Youngstown Ohio Works, raised in Westlake's Crossing district of Youngstown.[50]
Sonny Horne
Rocky Graziano, Pete Mead, Kid Gavilán, and others; born in Niles.[51]
Tony Janiro
Middleweight who took on
Jake LaMotta, Rocky Graziano, and Kid Gavilan, between 1943 and 1954, raised in Youngstown.[52]
Ron Jaworski
Football Player
Former professional football player and current NFL analyst on
ESPN; graduated from Youngstown State University.
Kevin Kaminski
Hockey Coach
Current coach of
Youngstown Steelhounds, previously played for Quebec Nordiques and Washington Capitals.
Bernie Kosar
Played for
Cleveland Browns, retired, originally from Boardman.
Andrew Kosco
Baseball Player
Affiliated with numerous teams including the
Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers, born and raised in Youngstown.
Jack Kralick
Baseball Player
Affiliated with
Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, from Youngstown.
Johnny Kucab
Gained early visibility in Youngstown minor league clubs, played professionally with
Philadelphia Athletics, where he was instrumental in winning Connie Mack's last game as a major league manager, died in nearby Campbell.[53]
Jeff Lampkin
Won the
USBA cruiserweight title in 1988 and added the IBF cruiserweight belt in 1990 with a knockout of British boxer Glenn McCrory, born in Youngstown.[54]
William J. Leonard
Played for undefeated
University of Notre Dame football team that won national championship in 1947, played professionally for Baltimore Colts, born and raised in Youngstown.[55]
Paul Maguire
Broadcaster and AFL Veteran
Served as linebacker and punter for the
Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills, born and raised in Youngstown.
Mark Malaska
Baseball Player
Played for
Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Boston Red Sox, from Youngstown.
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
Former Lightweight Champion of the World (1980s), originally from Youngstown's south side.
Mark Mangino
Football Coach
Current head coach for the
University of Kansas.
Mario Manningham
Wide Receiver
Currently plays for
University of Michigan, born in Warren.
Shari Matvey
Basketball Player
Standout at the
University of Notre Dame, first woman in Notre Dame's basketball history to pass the 1,000-point mark.[57]
Jackie Mayo
Baseball Player
Played for
Philadelphia Phillies between 1948 and 1953, one of Philadelphia's 'Whiz Kids', resides in Youngstown.[58]
Jimmy McAleer
Played for
Cleveland Spiders, managed St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators, part-owner of Boston Red Sox, instrumental in formation of American League, born and died in Youngstown.[59]
Paul McFadden
Football Player
Best known as
placekicker for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons; graduated from Youngstown State University and currently resides in Youngstown.
Deacon McGuire
Played for
Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Cleveland Blues; participated in more Major League Baseball seasons than any catcher in the history of the game, later served as manager, and coach, born and raised in Youngstown.[60]
Ed Muransky
Offensive Tackle
Played for
Los Angeles Raiders (Super Bowl XVII) and Orlando Renegades, born in Youngstown.
Anthony Napolitan
BMX Rider
2006 Dew Tour Dirt Champion, born in Youngstown.
Jerry Olsavsky
Football Player
Veteran of the
Pittsburgh Steelers, attended Chaney High School on the city's West Side.
Kelly Pavlik
WBC and WBO middleweight champion,[61] originally from Youngstown's South Side.Record.
Bo Pelini
Football Coach
Head coach of the
University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.
Carl Pelini
Football Coach
Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, older brother of Bo Pelini, born in Youngstown.
Carmen Policy
NFL Executive and Ex-owner of the
Cleveland Browns, originally from Youngstown's south side.
George Poschner
All-America end at the
University of Georgia in 1942, selected in the eighth round of the 1943 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions; his sports career ended when he lost both legs while serving in the military during World War II; born on Youngstown's west side.
Dave Rajsich
Played for
New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, born in Youngstown.
Keiwan Ratliff
Football Player
Cornerback and punt returner for the
Cincinnati Bengals, born in Youngstown.
John D. Reese
Ty Cobb, Cy Young, and other Major League Baseball players, settled in Youngstown.[62]
Billy Rhiel
Second and Third Baseman
Played for teams including the
Detroit Tigers in the late 1920s and early 30s, born in Youngstown.[63]
Dominic Rosselli
Coached football, baseball, and basketball at
Youngstown State University, won a total of 589 games.
Jack Scheible
Played for
Cleveland Spiders and Philadelphia Phillies, born and died in Youngstown.
Earnie Shavers
Won AAU Heavyweight Championship in 1969, born, raised and began early career in Youngstown-Warren area.
George Shuba
Played for
Brooklyn Dodgers, captured in legendary 1946 photo shaking hands with Jackie Robinson, born and raised in Youngstown; he currently resides in Austintown.[64]
Frank Sinkwich
Football Player
Veteran of the Detroit Lions,
1942 Heisman Trophy winner, attended the University of Georgia, attended Chaney High School on the city's West Side.[65]
Brad Smith
Quarterback/Wide Receiver
Played for
New York Jets, formerly played for University of Missouri, graduate of Youngstown's Chaney High School.
Ken Smith
Baseball Player
Major League veteran of
Atlanta Braves, born, raised, and currently resides in Youngstown.[66]
Sherman Smith
Running Back
Played eight seasons for the
Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers, born in Youngstown.
Isaac Smolko
Tight End
Played for
Pennsylvania State University, drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers, from Youngstown.
Jim Snowden
Played for
Washington Redskins and earlier, for University of Notre Dame, born in Youngstown.
Craig Snyder
Hector "Macho" Camacho in the 1990s, born in Youngstown-Warren area.
Bob Stoops
Football Coach
Current head coach at the
University of Oklahoma, born on Youngstown's south side.
Mike Stoops
Football Coach
Current head coach at the
University of Arizona, born on Youngstown's south side.
Cliff Stoudt
Played for
Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Raiders, and St. Louis Cardinals, graduated from Youngstown State University.
Korey Stringer
Football Player
Served as offensive lines for
Minnesota Vikings, died of heat stroke, from Warren.
Russell Stuvaints
Defensive Back
Played most recently for the
Pittsburgh Steelers, member of Super Bowl XL championship team, attended Youngstown State University.
Jim Tressel
Football Coach
Current head coach at the
Ohio State University; led Youngstown State University to four national championships in 1990s.
Mike Trgovac
Football Coach
Defensive coordinator for
Carolina Panthers, former All-American noseman for Michigan, born in Austintown.[44]
Mel Triplett
Football Player
Played with the
New York Giants during 1956 World Championship, from Girard, Ohio, just outside of Youngstown.[44]
William Triplett
Football Player
Played for the
St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions, from Girard, Ohio.
Mike Tyson
Made and molded in
Brooklyn, NY, however, lived and was active in the Youngstown-Warren area during hills and dips of career in the 1980s and 1990s. Launched his World Tour from Youngstown's Chevrolet Centre, in October 2006.
Steve Vallos
Football Player
Drafted by the
Seattle Seahawks in 2007, after college career at Wake Forest, from Boardman, Ohio.
Paul Warfield
Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver
Played for
Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, from Warren.
Herb Washington
Pinch Runner
Played for
Oakland Athletics, owner of Youngstown Steelhounds minor league franchise, currently resides in Youngstown area.
Jeff Wilkins
Played for
St. Louis Rams, originally from Austintown.
Kiki Willis
American Soccer Player
Played midfielder for
D.C. United in Major League Soccer, born in Youngstown.
Denise DeBartolo York
Currently owns
San Francisco 49ers, daughter of billionaire real estate developer Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., born and raised in Youngstown; currently living in Canfield, Ohio.
Michael Zordich
Football Player
Veteran of
New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, and Philadelphia Eagles, retired, born and raised on Youngstown's West Side.

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