P-J Sports Editor Jim Riggs To Be Enshrined In Chautauqua Sports Hall Of Fame

JAMESTOWN – The late Jim Riggs, sports editor at The Post-Journal, will be enshrined in the Chautauqua Sports Hall Of Fame.

Riggs, started at The Post-Journal in 1975. He covered every local sport and was the beat reporter for the Jamestown Expos and Jammers  for 35 years, including the majority of those years as the official scorer.

Riggs also covered Jamestown High School football team for 30 years. He covered three state title teams.

An award-winning writer and editor, Riggs was a 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, Houston Oilers and the Tennessee Titans, and he also had a keen interest in model trains. He passed away on April 23, 2016, following a 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.

(Reporter’s note: I worked for and with Jim Riggs for a few years. He, more than anyone at the newspaper, taught me a great deal about sports writing and reporting in general. He was a mentor, a leader and most importantly, a friend. I miss Jim and I miss talking sports with him. I’m not a golf fan but he made me appreciate the intricacies of the game. Jim will always be missed and always appreciated.)

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