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"The Pride of Jamestown" – An Interview with Irv Noren

Irv Noren!

On Tuesday, August 14th, the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame will premiere its documentary film, "The Pride of Jamestown" – An Interview with Irv Noren, at 7:00 p.m. at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.

Irving Arnold Noren, a 1985 CSHOF inductee, was born November 29, 1924 in Jamestown, New York. He was a former professional baseball and basketball player. Noren was an outfielder in the Major Leagues from 1950 through 1960 for the Washington Senators, New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He also played for the National Basketball League's Chicago American Gears in 1946–47. Later in his baseball career, Noren was a minor league manager, scout and the third-base coach of the 1972– 73 World Series champion Oakland Athletics. As a player and coach between 1950 and 1975, he was a member of five world championship teams.

Chris Olsen, son of CSHOF inductee Ted Olsen, a Los Angeles based attorney, film producer and author, is a strong and loyal supporter of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. At the behest of CSHOF President Randy Anderson, Olsen visited Mr. Noren at his Oceanside, California home and conducted a lengthy video interview wi th hi m. Amon g t he many t opi cs cover ed wer e Noren's recollections of his early years growing up in the Allen Park neighborhood of Jamestown, his father's decision to relocate the family to Pasadena, Noren's friendship with Jackie Robinson, his minor and major league baseball career, his close associations with New York Yankee legends Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Casey Stengel, Noren's time as a third base coach for the World Champion Oakland A's owned by Charlie Finley and his post-baseball life.

Olsen forwarded the raw video to Anderson who then edited the content into a 90-minute film in which the 93-year-old Noren displays a sharp memory, a youthful enthusiasm and a deep appreciation of the remarkable life he has lived.

The public is cordially invited to a free screening of the film “The Pride of Jamestown” – An Interview with Irv Noren, on Tuesday, August 14, 7 p.m , at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.

Join the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame

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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 purchase or renew our memberships in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

In addition to helping the CSHOF carry out its mission to honor and preserve the sports history of Chautauqua County, members will receive all of the following value-added benefits for their membership fee:

  • Members' picnic - August 13, 2018
  • $5 off 2018 induction banquet ticket (February 18, 2019)
  • Acknowledgement of membership on the CSHOF website
  • Membership card with discounts at selected sports-minded marketing partners:
    • Jock Shop
    • Andriaccio's Restaurant
    • Lena's Pizza
    • Gialy's Bar & Grill
    • Gametime Sports Bar & Grill
    • Ashville General Store
    • Hollyloft Ski & Bike
    • Honest John's
    • Pinehurst Golf Club
    • 360 Graphics

One year memberships are only $30 for individuals and $100 for family, business or athletic department. Family, business or athletic department members will receive 4 discount cards and corresponding benefits.

A membership form can be downloaded here.

2018 CSHOF Inductees Honored

2018 inductees

Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductees, pictured in front, from left, are: Sheilah Lingen-
felter Gulas; Lori Franchina; Phil Young; and Jim Riggs IV, representing his late father,
Jim Riggs III. In back are: Clem Worosz; Dick Cole; Fran Sirianni; and Curt Fischer.

P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame held its 37th annual Induction Dinner on Monday, February 19th, at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.

Inductees of the Class of 2018 are Dick Cole (basketball and golf), Curt Fischer (coaching), Lori Franchina (softball), Sheilah Gulas (coaching), Jim Riggs (media), Fran Sirianni (coaching), Clem Worosz (basketball), and Phil Young (multiple sports).

At the dinner, the CSHOF also honored nineteen (19) of Chautauqua County's top athletes for achieving New York State championships, National Championships, All-State status or All-American status in their respective sports during the past year. Recipients of CSHOF Legacy Society Awards will also be honored. For more information see the February 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.


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.


Take a Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame!

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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
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