Class of 2017 Inducted

2017 inductees

The 36th annual Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Banquet was held February 20, 2017 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Above are members of the Class of 2017. Seated, from the left, are: Julie VanDeMar, daughter of the late Doc Malinoski; Sammy LaMancuso; Mike Sayers; Deb Palmer; and Paul Cooley. Standing, from the left, are: Dave Polechetti; Maceo Wofford; Charlie LaDuca; Jake Ensign; Sam Restivo and Bob Patterson.

P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

Hall of Fame Award Banquet Celebrities through the Years

1982 banquet

1982: left to right: Lou Groza (Cleveland Browns) Tom Eakin (emcee), Jim Fanning
(Montreal Expos), Bruce Scolton (CSHoF secretary)




Monday, February 8, 1982 -Red Coach Inn
  • Emcee - Tom Eakin, President of Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jim Fanning, Montreal Expos Manager-General Manager
  • Lou Groza, Cleveland Browns Placekicker
Monday, February 7, 1983 -Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Tom Eakin, President of Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Justin Cross, Buffalo Bills Offensive Lineman
  • Steve Blass, Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher
  • Bob Gebhard, Montreal Expos Director of Minor League Operations
  • Sam McDowell, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, NY Yankees Pitcher
1983 banquet

1983: left to right: Bob Gebhard (Monteeal Expos), Sam McDowell (Cleveland Indians),
Justin Cross (Buffalo Bills), Steve Blass (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Monday, January 30, 1984 -Red Coach Inn
  • Emcee - Pete Hubbell, WJTN Sports Director
  • Phil Villapiano, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills Linebacker
  • Larry Weise, St. Bonaventure University Athletic Director
  • Kay Gould, Allegheny College (PA) Basketball and Softball Coach, Jamestown High School Athletic Director
Post-Journal story about 1984 CSHOF induction banquet

Monday, January 14, 1985 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Pete Hubbell, WJTN Sports Director
  • Ted Darling, Buffalo Sabres Broadcaster
  • Matt Gantt, St. Bonaventure University Forward
  • Shane Conlan, Frewsburg Central School, Penn State, Buffalo Bills Linebacker
  • Steve Strachan, Boston College, Los Angeles Raiders Running Back
  • Joe Charboneau, Cleveland Indians Outfielder
  • Kevin Koch, Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot
  • Bob Rich, Buffalo Bisons Owner
  • Frank Wren, Jamestown Expos General Manager
1985 banquet

1985: left to right: Bob Rich (Buffalo Bisons), Ted Darling (Buffalo Sabres)

Monday, March 10, 1986 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Ralph Hubbell, Buffalo area Sportscaster
  • Marty Springstead, American League Umpire
  • Tom Prohaska, Jamestown Expos General Manager
  • Tim Vogler, Buffalo Bills Offensive Lineman
  • Mike Baab, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots Center
Thursday, January 15, 1987 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Russ Diethrick, Director of Jamestown Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department
  • Denny Lynch, Buffalo Bills Public Relations Director
  • Bill White, New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies First Baseman, New York Yankees Broadcaster
  • Tom Prohaska, Jamestown Expos General Manager
1985 banquet

1985: left to right: Frank Wren (Jamestown Expos), Joe Charboneau
(Cleveland Indians)

Monday, February 1, 1988 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Russ Diethrick, Director of Jamestown Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department
  • Tim Burke, Montreal Expos Pitcher
  • Dan Duquette, Montreal Expos Director of Minor League Operations
  • Dan Lunetta, Montreal Expos Director of Team Travel
  • Mike Billoni, Buffalo Bisons Vice-President - General Manager
  • John Gurtler, Buffalo Sabres Public Relation Director
Monday, February 13, 1989 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Jim Roselle, WJTN Announcer
  • Mark Kelso, Buffalo Bills Defensive Back
  • Shane Conlan, Buffalo Bills Linebacker
  • John Gurtler, Buffalo Sabres Public Relation Director
  • Darren Puppa, Bufalo Sabres Goalie
Monday, February 12, 1990 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - John Gurtler, Buffalo Sabres Public Relation Director
  • Scott Radecic, Buffalo Bills Linebacker
  • Dave Andreychuk, Buffalo Sabres Winger
  • Murray Cook, Former Cincinnati Reds General Manager
  • Tom O'Reilly, Jamestown Expos General Manager
Monday, February 11, 1991 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - John Gurtler, Buffalo Sabres Public Relation Director
  • Walt Corey, Buffalo Bills Defensive Co-Ordinator
  • Steve Poliachik, Buffalo Bisons Supervisor of Youth Clinics
  • Tom O"Reilly, Jamestown Expos General Manager

Autograped cover from Second Annual CSHoF InductionBanquet,
February 7, 1983 signed by: Bob Gebhard, Sam McDowell, Don
Reinhoudt, Steve Blass, Jimmy Clark, Justin Cross

Monday, February 17, 1992 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Chuck Howard, WIVB-Channel 4 (Buffalo) Sports Anchor-Reporter
  • Bill Polian, Buffalo Bills General Manager -Vice President Administration
  • Carlton Bailey, Buffalo Bills Linebacker
Monday, February 15, 1993 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Brian Kahle, WKBW-TV (Buffalo) TV Personality
  • John Gurtler, TV Voice of the Buffalo Sabres
  • Dwight Stone, Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver
  • Rob Ray, Buffalo Sabres Left Wing
Monday, February 14, 1994 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - John Gurtler, Empire Sports Network Voice of Buffalo Sabres
  • D.J. Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Back
  • Dale Hawerchuk, Buffalo Sabres Center
  • Mike Billoni, Vice-President of Rich Operations
  • Tim Leiper, Buffalo Bisons Outfielder
Monday, February 27, 1995 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Chuck Howard, Sportscaster, WIVB -TV Buffalo, NY
  • John Gurtler, TV Voice of the Buffalo Sabres
  • Johnny Rutherford, 3 time Indy 500 Champion
Monday, February 19, 1996 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Chuck Dickerson, Talk Show Host "The Coach", WGR-Radio, Buffalo, NY
  • Mike Ferguson, General Manager, Jamestown Jammers
  • Carmen Basilio, Champion Boxer
  • Sparky Lyle, former Relief Pitcher, New York Yankees
  • Thomas Smith, Cornerback, Buffalo Bills
1987 banquet

1987: left to right: Mark Maddox (Bills), Brad May (Sabres), Bob Boughner (Sabres), Steve
Tasker (Bills)

Monday, February 17, 1997 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Chuck Dickerson, Talk Show Host "The Coach", WGR-Radio, Buffalo, NY
  • Mark Maddox, Linebacker, Buffalo Bills
  • Bob Boughner, Defenseman, Buffalo Sabres
  • Brad May, Left Wing, Buffalo Sabres
  • Steve Tasker, Special Teams, Buffalo Bills
Monday, February 16, 1998 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Howard Simon, Co-Host of Fan TV on Empire Sports Network
  • Mike Ferguson, General Manager, Jamestown Jammers
  • Brett Reynolds, Assistant Director of Marketing Partnerships, Buffalo Bills
  • Mike Buczkowski, General Manager, Buffalo Bisons
  • Donald Luce, former Buffalo Sabre, currently Director of Player Personnel
  • Pete Metzelaars, former Tight End of Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions
  • Michael Peca, Buffalo Sabres
Tuesday, February 16, 1999 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Howard Simon, Co-Host of Fan TV on Empire Sports Network
  • Dave Wellenzohn, General Manager, Jamestown Jammers
  • Michael Peca, Captain, Buffalo Sabres
  • Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo Sabres
  • Darryl Talley, former Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons Linebacker
2000 banquet

2000: Danny Gare (Buffalo Sabres)

Tuesday, February 22, 2000 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Mike DeGeorge, Sportscaster, Empire Sports Network
  • Dave Wellenzohn, General Manager, Jamestown Jammers
  • Danny Gare, former Captain, Buffalo Sabres, Broadcaster Empire Sports
  • Sam Gash, Fullback, Buffalo Bills
  • Marcellus Wiley, Defensive End, Buffalo Bills
Monday, February 19, 2001 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Josh Mora, Broadcaster Empire Sports Reporter
  • Rod Woodson, Safety, Balitmore Ravens
Monday, February 18, 2002 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Paul Peck, sportscaster, WIVB-TV Buffalo
  • Tommy John, Major League Baseball Pitcher 1963-1974 & 1976 -1989
  • Denny Lynch, Director of Archives for Buffalo Bills
Monday, February 17, 2003 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - John Gurtler, Communications Specialist
  • Jay Riemersma, Tight End, Buffalo Bills
  • Eric Edelstine, General Manager, Jamestown Jammers

Dennis Hull, guest speaker at 2004 banquet

Monday, February 16, 2004 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Russ Diethrick, former City of Jamestown Director of Parks, Recreation & Conservation
  • Dennis Hull, Chicago Blackhawks
Monday, February 21, 2005 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Jeff Russo, sportscaster, WKBW-TV Buffalo
  • Don Lever, former NHL player, coach
  • Matt Drayer, General Manager, Jamestown Jammers
Monday, February 20, 2006 - Holiday Inn
  • Emcee - Jim Roselle, WJTN
  • Rob Ray, former NHL player, Buffalo Sabres
  • Matt Drayer, General Manager, Jamestown Jammers
Monday, February 19, 2007 - Holiday Inn
Monday, February 18, 2008 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
  • Emcee - Russ Diethrick, former City of Jamestown Director of Parks, Recreation & Conservation
  • Jim Kelly, former Buffalo Bills and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback
    • Jim Kelly is interviewed before the 2008 banquet by Greg Peterson.
  • Mike Ferguson, General Manager, Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena
  • Matt Drayer, General Manager, Jamestown Jammers
Monday, February 16, 2009 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
  • Emcee - John Murphy, Sports Director, WIVB-TV Buffalo
    • John Murphy is interviewed before the 2009 banquet by Greg Peterson.
  • Steve Christie, former Buffalo Bills placekicker
Monday, February 15, 2010 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
Monday, February 21, 2011 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
  • Emcee - Ed Kilgore, Sports Director, WGRZ-TV Buffalo
  • Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres (2010 Calder Trophy winner as top rookie in NHL)
  • Kevyn Adams, former NHL player (1996-2008) - Stanley Cup champion with Carolina Hurricanes in 2006

See photos from the 2011 awards banquet.
See videos from the 2011 award banquet:

Monday, February 20, 2012 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
  • Emcee - Chip Johnson, CSHoF Board of Directors
  • Andre Reed, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver

See photos from the 2012 awards banquet.
More photos of the banquet.
Video of Andre Reed interviewed at the banquet.

Monday, February 18, 2013 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
  • Emcee - Jeff Russo, Sports Director, WKBW-TV Buffalo
  • Bruce Baumgartner, four-time Olympic wrestling medalist

See photos from the 2013 awards banquet. (Part 1)
More photos of the banquet. (Part 2)
More photos of the banquet. (Part 3)

Part One - video of Bruce Baumgartner's address at the banquet.
Part Two - video of Bruce Baumgartner's address at the banquet.
Video of Bruce Baumgartner interviewed at the banquet.
Video of Jeff Russo interviewed at the banquet.
Jamestown Gazette story.
Chautauqua Star banquet coverage.

Monday, February 17, 2014 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
  • Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson

See photos of athletes honored at the 2014 awards banquet.
See photos from the 2014 awards banquet. (Part 1)
More photos of the banquet. (Part 2)

Interview with Shane & Caroline Conlan at the banquet

Monday, February 16, 2015 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
  • Emcee - Chip Johnson, CSHoF Board of Directors
  • Shane Conlan, former Penn State and Buffalo Bills linebacker

See photos from the 2015 awards banquet. (Part 1)
More photos of the banquet. (Part 2)
More photos of the banquet. (Part 3)




Monday, February 15, 2016 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club
  • Don Beebe, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver

Read Post-Journal coverage of the 2016 awards banquet.
Post-Journal story about Don Beebe's local connection.
See photos from the 2016 awards banquet. (Part 1)
More photos of the banquet. (Part 2)

Don Beebe's presentation at the 2016 banquet.

Don Beebe shares a story about Jamestown resident Melissa
Stanton at the 2016 banquet.

Extended interview with Don Beebe prior to the banquet.

Monday, February 20, 2017 -Lakewood Rod & Gun Club

Read Post-Journal coverage of the 2017 awards banquet.

See photos from the 2017 awards banquet.

 

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