Frank 'Boom' Cantoni '31
A two-way performer on the gridiron, Frank ”Boom” Cantoni was a much-heralded lineman from 1927 to 1930.
As both an offensive and defensive lineman, the Charleroi, Pa., product played a major role in Grove City posting a 22-6-6 record and four straight winning seasons under head coach Charlie Berry.
The 1930 team recorded six shutouts while yielding a mere 27 points in nine games, good for a 7-2 record. The season opener saw Grove City set a single-game scoring record in a 90-0 win over Morris Harvey.
Cantoni earned All-District recognition in both 1929 and 1930. After his senior season, he earned All-Tri State honors at guard and Small College distinction.
After graduating with a business degree in 1931, “Boom” spent time with the newly-formed Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers) in the National Football League. He returned to Charleroi High School as a business teacher and assistant football coach. Cantoni later became a highly respected football official in southwest Pennsylvania. He became the first inductee into Charleroi’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
His service to his community extended beyond the educational system and athletic fields. Cantoni became a justice of the peace, burgess, and in 1962, was elected as Charleroi’s first mayor. He also served 10 years on the Mon Valley Water Authority.
Following his service as mayor, he represented the Mon Valley in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Cantoni passed away April 9, 1976.