Temple Hesed Abraham Sports Dinners

Temple Hesed Abraham Sports Dinners

The Men's Club of the Temple Hesed Abraham synagogue of Jamestown hosted a celebrity sports dinner as a fundraiser from 1952 through 1977. A "who's who" of sports stars trekked to the Crystal Ballroom in the Hotel Jamestown.

Through the efforts of such men as Si Goldman, Ben Rosenberg, Jack Haber, and Seymour Minsker, among others, the city, for one night anyway, might as well have been New York, Los Angeles or Chicago

Along the way, such stars as Joe Louis, Jim Brown, Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Jesse Owens, Terry Bradshaw, Bob Gibson and Roberto Clemente visited Jamestown

The 1956 Temple Hesed Abraham All-Star Sports Night had a particularly interesting list of guests highlighted by famed baseball player Jackie Robinson, television stars Lucille Ball and husband, Desi Arnaz, and University of Pittsburgh football star, Jim McCusker, a future CSHOF inductee.

Read more in the March newsletter.

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.

Save the Date - June 16, 2018

CSHOF golf tournament

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is planning for its first-ever golf tournament, Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The tourney is open to inductees, members and friends of the CSHOF. Stan Marshaus, a CSHOF inductee, Board Director and former club pro at the Chautauqua course, is chairman 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.

Tribute to Dan Stimson

Dan Stimson, a 2015 inductee of the CSHOF, died on October 17th. His former employer, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, wrote a beautiful tribute that is reprinted, in part, below:

Dan Stimson memorialt

It is with a heavy heart that William & Mary announces the recent passing of Hall of Fame coach Dan Stimson.  Stimson, who first came to W&M in the summer of 1986, served as the Tribe's first Director of Track & Field for 25 years until 2011, before spending an additional three years as the assistant coach for throwing events and another three as a volunteer assistant.  Stimson passed away from natural causes at MCV in Richmond, surrounded by family and friends.

"Dan Stimson's success as a track & field coach was stunning," noted William & Mary President Taylor Reveley.  "The good he did for his athletes as students and W&M alumni was also extraordinary.  And he himself displayed great courage and grace in the face of adversity.  Dan will be sorely missed at William & Mary."

"It's difficult to put into words what Coach Stimson meant to so many," said current Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, and former student-athlete under Stimson at W&M, Alex Heacock '09. "He had the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met, and had such a kind, joyful, and unbreakable spirit that was evident to everyone he encountered. I am a better person and coach because he was in my life, and that's a common theme for the hundreds of student-athletes he coached throughout the years. Dan's legacy won't be defined by the many championships his teams won, but by the everlasting impact he's made in the lives of countless people."

Read the entire tribute

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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