When the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame holds its 37th annual induction banquet on Feb. 19 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, it will increase its membership in that exclusive fraternity to 191.
One of the inductees in this year’s class is the late Jim Riggs. That is only fitting, because the former Post-Journal sports editor was responsible for chronicling the accomplishments of many of the already-enshrined athletes, coaches and contributors during his nearly 40-year career at the newspaper.
Born in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1950, Riggs graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1968, and later earned an associates degree from Jamestown Community College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
Beginning his career at The Post-Journal in 1975 under sports editor Frank Hyde, another CSHOF inductee, Riggs covered local sports of all sorts until his retirement in 2014. Along the way he was the beat writer for Jamestown’s entry in the New York-Pennsylvania League for 35 years and was its official scorer for most of those years. He also covered the Jamestown High School football team for 30 years, including the state championship squads in 1994, 1995 and 2000. His column, “All in a Day’s Sports,” was a Saturday morning staple, earning him several New York State Associated Press Association awards as well.
A longtime member of the Board of Directors for the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, where he was named Director Emeritus in 2014, Riggs was also inducted into the Jamestown Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 in recognition of his coverage of JCC athletics for four decades.
A lover of all sports, especially baseball and golf, Riggs was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tennessee Titans, and he also had a keen interest in model trains. He passed away on April 23, 2016 after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Joining Riggs in the 2018 induction class are Dick Cole, Curt Fischer, Lori Franchina, Sheilah
(Lingenfelter) Gulas, Fran Sirianni, Clem Worosz and Phil Young. They will be formally honored at the CSHOF’s 37th annual banquet on Feb. 19 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.
Tickets for the induction dinner are $50. Banquet reservations can be made by calling chairman Chip Johnson at 716-485- 6991.