Auto Racing in Chautauqua County
When one thinks of the sport of auto racing in Chautauqua County the name Stateline Speedway comes immediately to mind. Stateline, which opened in 1956, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.
Although Stateline Speedway is the only stock car track still operating in Chautauqua County, auto racing has a long and proud tradition in the sports history of our county.
In the 1950s there were numerous jalopy tracks operating in locations throughout Chautauqua County. Speedways near Forestville, Findley Lake, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Hanover, Gerry, Frewsburg, Panama, Sherman, Westfield, and Silver Creek were popular sources of family entertainment.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s Chautauqua County racing fans enjoyed the action at Satan's Bowl of Death (Busti) and at Jamestown Speedway (route 380 north of Kimball Stand).
But on September 6, 1941, 75 years ago, just three months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the eyes of auto racing fans in Chautauqua County were on the half-mile oval at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk. Read more...
Time to Renew
For persons who are interested in preserving the history of sports in Chautauqua County and honoring the outstanding individuals who have created our cherished sports memories, it's time to join or renew our memberships in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
And in recognition of CSHOF's 35th Anniversary, 1981-2016, a special promotion is being offered – Buy One Get One. Folks purchasing a new or renewed membership will be able to enroll a friend at no additional cost. Yes, two memberships for the price of one – BOGO.
In addition to helping the CSHOF carry out its twin objectives of maintaining a Hall of Honor and an exhibition space, members will receive several value-added benefits for their membership fee.
For more information and a membership form go to our website's membership page.
Sustaining the Future - Celebrating the Past
In 2016, the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame will celebrate its 35th year of incorporation. It is a notable time to look back, reflect on, and celebrate the accomplishments of the CSHOF over the past three and a half decades. More importantly, it is an appropriate time to plan for the future - another thirty-five years and beyond.
To learn more about who we are, where we've been, where we're going, and what you can do, read our May 2016 newsletter.
Happy 75th Birthday Diethrick Park
Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park (nee Municipal Stadium, aka College Stadium) will celebrate its 75th birthday in 2016. The stadium first opened May 6, 1941, with a PONY League baseball game between the Batavia Clippers and the host Falcons.
A May 1941 article by Jamestown Evening-Journal sports editor George F. Dodds gives interesting details about the birth of the facility. You can read it in the June 2016 newsletter.
Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame Now Available
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is one of several attractions in downtown Jamestown that is well worth a visit. But don't take our word for it! Click on the image below to take a virtual tour.
- To advance through the tour, click/tap on the Hall of Fame icon. It will float into view as you tour each section of the hall.
- Click and hold mouse button down, drag in any direction to move the view.
- To zoom in, press the SHIFT key.
- To zoom out, press the CTRL key.
- If your mouse has a wheel on it, rolling it forward or back will also zoom in and out.