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.

Promenschenczel Park in Dunkirk

By Paul V. Lutz
The Dunkirk Observer
(from the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame archives)

Promenschenckel Park, the baseball field that was located on Oak Street at Point Gratiot, was a very busy and popular place during the '20s and early '30s.

Semi-pro teams supported by local businesses and touring semi-pro teams played there and did attract quite an enthusiastic crowd. My dad attended the games whenever he could, and he would comment about the local people traveling to Cleveland and New York City to see Babe Ruth hit home runs while missing some of the real pitcher's duels, often going more than 12 innings, being played in Dunkirk.

Fran "Frenchy" Panowicz and his brother Al Panowicz along with Harry Lautenslaker were star players who attracted big league team scouts. Harry was one of the finest left-handed pitchers in the league, while "Frenchy" and Al Panwoicz dominated the infield.

If the economic times had been different, Dunkirk would have been well represented nationally by their baseball players. The ball park closed down, as most of the teams lost their sponsors due to the Depression. A ball field, without a grandstand or extensive bleachers, was set up on Lake Shore Drive West near Crooked Brook. It was bordered by a thick hedge about 8 feet tall that trapped long balls and made it difficult for out-fielders to throw into the basemen. The economy and World War II closed that park. For more see this month's newsletter...

CSHOF Announces Higbee Display

The Post-Journal
By Scott Kindberg
July 1, 2015

A Busti native has loaned some of his motorcycle racing memorabilia to the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame where it will be on display this summer.

Shawn Higbee, a 2007 CSHOF inductee, parlayed an early interest in two-wheel vehicles into a professional career in the AMA Daytona and Superbike Series.

Among the items on display at the CSHOF, located at 15 W. 3rd St., Jamestown, are his Buell XB 1200 RR, which he ran at the 2005 Daytona 200 Superbike.

Shawn Higbee’s Buell XB 1200 RR motorcycle, which he ran at the 2005 Daytona 200
Superbike. Higbee, a Busti native, is a 2007 Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductee,
has loaned some of artifacts from his career to the CSHOF, which is located at
15 W. 3rd St., Jamestown. Higbee’s memorabilia will be on display for the summer.
Admission is free.

courtesy of the Post-Journal, photo by Scott Kindberg

"His dad (Paul) called me up and said Shawn's bike is here and asked if we'd like to display it," CSHOF president Randy Anderson said. " ... That's what I like about this place the most is people coming to us with ideas and donations. They're anxious to tell their sports history in the county, and I'm happy that we have a vehicle for those kinds of people to share their sports history."

Higbee's Buell XB 1200 RR, according to Anderson, is one of a kind.

"There's not another one like it anywhere in the world," he said.

The Higbee exhibit is one of several that the CSHOF has displayed in the last year. The others were memorabilia from Jamestown native Chuck Boehler, another motorcycle racer, and Frewsburg native Shane Conlan, a former college football All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker. Boehler was a 1989 CSHOF inductee. Conlan was enshrined in 1992 and, last December, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Anderson is proud of the visibility the CSHOF has attained in recent years.

"I think we've continued to gain credibility among the public," he said. "We've certainly raised our awareness over the last several years. I think more people are aware that we're here and we're trying to preserve and honor the sports history of Chautauqua County."

Time to Renew Membership

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Member Benefits

  • CSHOF window decal
  • $5 off the 2016 induction banquet ticket
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Acknowledgement of membership on the CSHOF website
  • Membership card with discounts at selected marketing partners

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that a membership program is now available to 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.

The CSHOF maintains a hall located at 15 W. Third Street in Jamestown staffed by volunteers that contains our Hall of Honor and displays of sports memorabilia.

Our program also includes an induction banquet. Held each February to induct a new group of honorees into the Hall of Fame, the banquet provides an opportunity to recognize the special accomplishments of outstanding local high school and collegiate athletes.

In addition to helping the CSHOF carry out its twin missions of maintaining a hall of fame and a sports exhibit hall, members will receive several value-added benefits for their membership fee.

One year memberships are only $30 for individuals and $100 for businesses. Business members will receive 4 discount cards and plus an acknowledgement at the CSHOF hall and website.

Please join us by purchasing a 2015-2016 membership in the only organization solely dedicated to preserving and honoring the wonderful history of athletics in Chautauqua County.

2015-16 Member List
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CSHOF Membership Card Marketing Partners
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    • 10% off food purchase
  • 360 Graphics • 1766 Foote Ave. Ext. • Jamestown
    • 15% discount on business cards
  • Jock Shop • 10 Harrison Street • Jamestown
    • 10% off regular items, excludes team sales, service & sale items
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    • 10% off food purchase
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    • Buy 2 for the price of one green fees
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    • 15% off any deli purchase
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    • 10% off dinners
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Mike LaTone, left, owner of D&S Glass, receives his member-
ship card from Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame president
Randy Anderson.

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