Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Joe "Mugsy" Skladany

Joe "Mugsy" Skladany


  • Position: End
  • School: Pittsburgh
  • High School: Larksville, PA (Larksville HS)
  • Years: 1931-1933
  • Inducted: 1975
  • Place of Birth: Larksville, PA
  • Date of Birth: May 25, 1911
  • Place of Death: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date of Death: Aug 09, 1972
  • Jersey Number: 30
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

Time after time, college football scouts would return from viewing the Pitt Panthers, and a simple message stuck in their minds: Stay away from Skladany! For sure, the man struck fear into the hearts of enemy runners, an immovable defender whose crunching tackles tore at the spirit of opposing ball carriers. As a senior in 1933, the 190-pound Skladany held Pitt opponents to a net minus six yards around his right end as he plunged into his targets with an unusually strong leg drive which sent them reeling backward. During his three varsity seasons, Pitt rolled to a 24-3-2 tally. He is credited as being the one man who most helped coach Jock Sutherland build a winning tradition at Pitt. In 1931, the Panthers were 8-1-0, losing only to Notre Dame, 25-12. The next season, the Panthers raced to an 8-0-2 mark before losing to Southern California in the Rose Bowl, 35-0. It was as though the Panthers were determined to erase that bowl defeat from their minds as they entered the 1933 campaign, Skladany's last at Pitt. The nine-game season was marred only by a loss to national power Minnesota, 7-3, and the Gophers had managed to score one of only two touchdowns the Panther defense surrendered that year (Navy scored the other TD). Skladany was an All-America choice in each of his two final campaigns.
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