Les Beck

Les Beck

Les Beck has lived most of his life in Jamestown except for the time spent in the military in the 1940s. He was a lineman and a three-year letterman at Jamestown High School. In his senior season of 1931, he played on a powerful 8-1 team that only lost to Erie East, 58-7, in a charity milk fund game. That Jamestown team scored 317 points in being one of the highest-scoring teams in Red Raiders' history.

Beck also completed two years in track and was a member of the J Club and also a member of the National Athletic Scholarship Society. His football career saw him play for the Crescents in the City League besides being an All-Jamestown choice in the New York Penn league. He was captain of the Aerials football team for two years. Later while in the service, Beck was a captain in Japan of the 11th Airborne Angels, who won the Pacific Olympics in 1945 and 1946.

Beck attended officers training school at Fort Benning, Georgia and graduated as a second lieutenant in 1944. While there, he taught in the Paratrooper School and was chosen as the model for a huge mural showing the work of airborne battlers and posed at the University of Georgia for Army public relations.

Baseball-wise, Beck performed in American Legion play through the City AA Leagues. In softball, he played in the Journal Night League at Celoron and the Turner Athletic Club.

He helped get the poles arranged so night softball could be played at Roseland Park. Also, he organized the softball programs for the Fraternal and Industrial Leagues in the late 1940s.

Les Beck, 1931

Beck organized the Chautauqua Lake Archers and was the first president of an archery club in Jamestown. He set up the indoor range at the YMCA and gave demonstrations at the YMCA camp and Falconer Park.

For the Roller Skating Rink Operators Association, he was the floor manager and instructor.

Les Beck served as the model in this 1944 Army parachute school

Les Beck with Dick Barton, 2003 CSHoF inductee, at a
picnic in 2009

When not taking part in all those sports activities, Beck spent 26 years in the Jamestown Fire Department with eight years as an assistant fire chief. He retired in 1977.

Beck remained very active in sports. As of his induction at age 85 he tended the down markers and chains at the Jamestown junior varsity and freshman football games. In addition, he attended practices and other functions of the sports boosters. Golf is a sport he also continued to enjoy, playing in the Senior League at South Hills Country Club and averaging around 98. Using a three-fingered bowling ball, he averaged around 150 in the Morton League and remained an active member in the Morton Club of the Jamestown Fire Department at the time of his induction.

Les Beck was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. He died in 2012.

Les Beck is mentioned beginning at 14:29 in this
interview with Basil Bunce.

video courtesy Greg Peterson

1932 Jamestown High School program cover

Les Beck in the line-up, fifth from top.

Chautauqua Lake Archery Club - unknown year. Left to right: Les Beck, Bill Fairbank, Sam Arcadipane, Louie Collins, Lauren Haines, Hank Krueger, Jim Bush


Take a Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame!

order form

order form

order form

order form

Chautauqua Brick Co.
34 Harrison Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 661-3825

Deppas Insurance
110 Mall Blvd.
Lakewood, NY 14750
Tel: (716) 763-4377

D & S Glass
333 Fluvanna Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 664-9321

Hope's Windows
84 Hopkins Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 665-5124

Lake Shore Paving
7 Osmer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 664-4400

Legend Group
Lou Deppas, President
110 Mall Blvd.
Lakewood, NY 14750
Tel: (716) 763-9380

Lewis & Lewis
208 Pine Street
Jamestown, NY 14750
Tel: (716) 664-7354

Lind Funeral Home
805 West Third Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 664-3800

The Post-Journal
PO Box 3386
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 487-1111

Shults Auto Group
300 Fluvanna Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 484-7151


Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
418 Spring Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Tel: (716) 661-3390

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation
212 Lake Shore Drive West
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Tel: (716) 366-4892

Hall of Fame
Les BeckLes Beck
Bill BergeyBill Bergey
Jehuu CaulcrickJehuu Caulcrick
Shane ConlanShane Conlan
Chuck CristChuck Crist
Parke Hill DavisParke Hill Davis
Dave GrafDave Graf
Jim McCuskerJim McCusker
Ted OlsenTed Olsen
Tom RaffaTom Raffa
Sam RestivoSam Restivo
Murray SheltonMurray Shelton


Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
15 West Third Street,   Jamestown, New York 14701
© 2018 All rights reserved.

site designed and maintained by earth spark
image galleries powered by jAlbum
Chautauqua Lake Archery Club - unknown year left to right: Les Beck, Bill Fairbank, Sam Arcadipane, Louie Collins, Lauren Haines, Hank Krueger, Jim Bush