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Taylor works with McFadden

| Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006

Yancey Taylor made a name for himself as one of the better basketball players to come out of Ringgold High and Indiana University.

Today he's trying his hand as a television producer.

Taylor is the executive producer for second-year Pittsburgh Steeler cornerback Bryant McFadden's weekly Hometowne Sports B-Mac Corner show which airs Saturdays from 11:30 a.m., to noon during the football season on WPMY (My Pittsburgh TV) on COMCAST's Channel 10.

The show is filmed on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Red Star tavern in Station Square.

So far McFadden's Steeler guest list has included Brett Kiesel, Santonio Holmes, Willie Reid, Casey Hampton and Charlie Batch.

"I'd like to see Mon Valley people come down for the tapings on Mondays," said Taylor, who divides his time between Charleroi and Chicago, where he works with singer-songwriter and record producer R. Kelly.

Speaking of the Steelers, Jim O'Brien has come up with another book on the Pittsburgh team, just in time for Christmas.

It's called "Steeler Stuff," featuring coach Bill Cowher on the cover with smiling Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward.

The 445-page book is loaded with interesting stories involving present and former Steelers as well as those connected with the team.

Two of those featured are Bentleyville's Val Jansante, who was the Steelers' leading receiver for five straight years in the late 1940s, and his son, Zeb, who was principal at Mt. Lebanon High when O'Brien was writing his book.

The publication is must-reading for Steeler fans and brings back a lot of memories.

n As part of its 100th year celebration, the WPIAL is looking into starting its own Hall of Fame.

"We'd like to elect an inaugural class in May or June," said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley at yesterday's monthly WPIAL Board of Control meeting. "We don't know if we'll do it every year or go five or 10 years."

A Hall of Fame committee has been formed and will hold it first session next month.

Joining O'Malley on the committee will be Jim Collins, Bill Suit, Tom Shirey, Pam Cherubin, David Hays, Lane Stoner, Jerry Roman, Pat Ratesic, Anne Madarasz and Mike White.

On the hall of fame beat, Bap Manzini, Roger Kingdom and the late Jim Russell, the baseball star from Fayette City, will be inducted at the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, Nov. 4, at Genetti's Best Western in Hazleton.

Manzini and Russell will join Bert Rechichar, Stan Musial, Arnold Galiffa, Dan Towler, John Potsklan, Sever Toretti, Red Carlson, Armand Niccolai and Ken Griffey Sr. as inductees from the Mon Valley Chapter.

n And thanks to Jerry Stasicha, of Belle Vernon, who asks if a rabbit's foot is lucky, what happened to the rabbit?

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