Home Plate Wedding

Walt Brown

CSHOF inductee Walt Brown (1915-1991), a Bemus Point native, achieved one of his dreams on May 16, 1947 when he made his major league debut as a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns. Another of Walt's dreams was realized eight years earlier while he was playing for the Kilgore Boomers of the East Texas League. On June 23, 1939, Walt married Frances Ruth Burroughs at home plate in Kilgore, TX.

Another home plate wedding occurred at Municipal Stadium (now Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park) in Jamestown on July 10, 1945. That exchange of marriage vows created quite a stir in the pages of the Jamestown Post-Journal. Thanks to CSHOF inductee Greg Peterson for the clippings and photos.

Cowbells Ring as Ump
Takes Bride at Plate

History was made last night at Jamestown's Municipal Stadium when, for the first time in the annals of baseball, an umpire was married at home plate, while a throng of nearly 3,000 enthusiastic spectators, departing far from the customary wedding decorum, jangled cowbells, applauded, cheered and whistled from the grandstand and bleachers. Read more in the May Newsletter.


Hose Cart Racing

Hose Cart Racing

A look back at a now defunct sport and a world record set at Dunkirk in 1904

Hose cart racing has followed the bustle skirt, the cigar store Indian and the nickel hamburger into the dusty halls of history.

But there was a time when the sport of hose cart racing, spawned by volunteer fire departments, was BIG. More than 3,000 teams were registered with the New York State Volunteer Fireman’s Association shortly after 1900.

Hose cart racing was a labor of love for men of brawn and daring who pitted their speed, muscle and teamwork against others in an exciting event that drew large crowds of spectators.

Hose cart racing, like rodeoing, grew from a job – a necessity. The working cowboy turned his skills as a bronc buster, steer wrestler and calf roper from the range to the arena. Read more in the April newsletter...


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

Read Post-Journal coverage of the 2017 awards banquet.
See photos from the 2017 awards banquet.


35th Anniversary

CSHOF Endowment Fund Preliminary Report #2

To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame and to plan for the long-term sustainability of the organization, the Board of Directors created an Endowment Fund and launched a fundraising drive.

To date, the campaign has received over 100 pledges and contributions totaling nearly $75,000.

Read more about the Endowment Fund in the January 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.

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4-panorama 360VR Tour

panoramic tour by Dave Mariotti

Viewing tips:

  • 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.

 

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Hall of Fame
News

A Trophy Moment From Yesteryear
Heirloom Belonging To Jachym Found In SC, Donated To CSHOF
Post-Journal coverage of the 2017 awards banquet
Mel's House - Swanson Coaches Final Home Game At Sherman
Tara VanDerveer records 1000th career win
Mel Swanson records 600th career win
Huckno, Caulcrick, Bergan, Ward Among 16 Who Will Be Honored Dec. 9 In Elma
Dan Lunetta named Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award Winner
Palmer Bound For NYS Broadcasters HOF
Dick Barton inducted into FOAR Score Hall of Fame
CSHoF President Accepts Honor On Behalf Of Late Westfield Jockey .
2015 CSHoF inducteee Vincent Powers elected to National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
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