The Post-Journal

Hall Receives Donation From City's Golden Era Of Baseball

Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame board member Russ Ecklund, left, accepts from Ted Wyberanec a jersey his father wore as a member of the Jamestown Merchants.
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame board member Russ Ecklund, left, accepts from Ted Wyberanec a jersey his father wore as a member of the Jamestown Merchants.
photo by Scott Kindberg

Jamestown native Ted Wyberanec Jr. was in the area last week to play in the 43rd annual Italian-American Charity Golf Tournament.

Before he headed to Ellicottville, however, Ted dropped by the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame on West Third Street in Jamestown. For it is there that Ted's father, Ted Sr., is enshrined, a member of the Class of 1990. A former outstanding baseball player in the 1940s and 1950s, including a stint with the Jamestown Falcons, Ted Sr. also played with a number of local semi-pro teams, most notably the Steel Partition Bombers, Marlin-Rockwell and the Jamestown Merchants.

So when pulled up in front of the Hall of Fame last week he was in possession not only of his golf clubs for use in the I-A, but also of one of his dad's 1950s-era, wool Merchants uniforms, which he donated to the Hall. CSHOF board members Russell E. Diethrick Jr., Russ Ecklund and I spent close to an hour with Ted Jr., reminiscing about his dad and his place in that golden era of baseball in our city.


The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.

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