CSHOF President Randy Anderson, along with CSHOF inductee Greg Peterson, recently had the opportunity to interview Falconer resident Don Short about his participation in a very unique road race through Mexico in 1954. The following story by CSHOF inductee Frank Hyde, then sports editor of the Post-Journal, sets the stage for Short's adventure.

Randolph Team Enters Car In Pan-American Road Race

Randolph Team Enters Car In Pan-American Road Race

Three unassuming young men from Randolph will be on their way south Monday hoping to put New York on the big time automobile racing map.

Buck Lilienthal, Wendell Anderson and Donald Short (left) will wheel a 1954 Ford in the Pan-American Road Race - 1,906 miles of racing savagery that has proven to be a top test of the world's best drivers.

"We've always wanted to drive in the big one, so we just got together, bought this car and entered," Buck a slim, quiet 26 year-old who is no stranger to the roaring ovals, explains.

Buck, who operates a speed shop in Randolph, finished sixth in the Daytona Beach classic in 1950. He rolled over at Heidelberg, Pa. in 1952 and injured his back. The Pan-American will be his comeback.

Leave Monday

"Thought I might as well take a crack at the granddaddy of all road races as a return to the game," he tells you quietly.

The trio will leave Monday, check in Nov. 16 and make first preparations for the long grind which starts Nov. 19 and ends Nov. 23.

Anderson will ride with Buck and serve as co-pilot, taking his turn behind the wheel when needed. Short, just out of the Air Corps after a hitch in Korea, will handle the mechanical duties. He will drive a station wagon south and move ahead of the Lilienthal entry, leading far enough in advance of the racing car each day to be ready for various stops.

read more in the April newsletter...

Class of 2019 Inductees


The 38th annual Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet was held February 18 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Above are eight of the nine inductees. Seated, from the left, are Steven Johnston, son of the late Charles Johnston; Terry Kye, daughter of the late Luella Kye; Cheryl Bailey; and Tiffany Decker. Standing are Vince Gullo; Mark Weaver; Mike Lopriore; and Bob Palcic. The ninth inductee is the late Jack Harper. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg.

The CSHOF also honored forty (40) of Chautauqua County's top athletes, coaches and teams for achieving New York State championships, National Championships, All-State status or All-American status in their respective sports during the past year. See the February newsletter for a list of these honorees as well as the CSHOF Legacy Society Awards winners.

Save the Date – June 15th

CSHOF golf tournament

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is planning for its second annual golf tournament, Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The tourney is open to inductees, members and friends of the CSHOF. Stan Marshaus, a 2006 CSHOF inductee, Board Director and former club pro at the Chautauqua course, and Sam Restivo a 2017 CSHOF inductee are co-chairmen of the event.

The event will be a shotgun-start scramble with men's, ladies' and mixed divisions. Thirty-one (31) foursomes will be registered. There will be food and drink on the course and a post-match meal will be provided. The projected fee is $300 per team ($75 per player.)

Further details will be announced as plans become finalized. To reserve a spot for your foursome, send an e-mail to randy28b@netsync.net or call 716-640-6219.

CSHOF Board & Officers Elected

CSHoF officers

2018-19 CSHOF officers, left to right, are Randy Anderson, Bob Schmitt, Ron Melquist, Lee
Johnson, Russ Ecklund and Bill Race.

The election of the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame and its officers was recently held. Two directors, Phil Klinginsmith and Jim Painter, have left the Board. Their years of service to the CSHOF are greatly appreciated. Four new directors have been elected: Mike Anderson, Franni Carlson, Mike Cummings and Gary Loll. The current officers were re-elected for another term.

The CSHOF is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization with no paid employees. All officers and Board members serve without compensation or benefits.

A complete list of directors in on the About page.

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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