Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame to premiere ‘The Pride of Jamestown’
JAMESTOWN — On Tuesday the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame will premiere its documentary film, “The Pride of Jamestown” – An Interview with Irv Noren, at 7 p.m. at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.
Irving Arnold Noren, a 1985 CSHOF inductee, was born November 29, 1924 in Jamestown, New York. He was a former professional baseball and basketball player. Noren was an outfielder in the Major Leagues from 1950 through 1960 for the Washington Senators, New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He also played for the National Basketball League’s Chicago American Gears in 1946-47. Later in his baseball career, Noren was a minor league manager, scout and the third-base coach of the 1972-73 World Series champion Oakland Athletics. As a player and coach between 1950 and 1975, he was a member of five world championship teams.
Christopher T. Olsen, son of CSHOF inductee Ted Olsen, a Los Angeles based attorney, film producer and author, is a strong and loyal supporter of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. At the request of CSHOF President Randy Anderson, Olsen visited Mr. Noren at his Oceanside, California home and conducted a lengthy video interview with him. Among the many topics covered were Noren’s recollections of his early years growing up in the Allen Park neighborhood of Jamestown, his father’s decision to relocate the family to Pasadena, Noren’s friendship with Jackie Robinson, his minor and major league baseball career, his close associations with New York Yankee legends Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Casey Stengel, Noren’s time as a third base coach for the World Champion Oakland A’s owned by Charlie Finley and his post-baseball life.
Olsen forwarded the raw video to Anderson who then edited the content into a 90-minute film in which the 93-year-old Noren displays a sharp memory, a youthful enthusiasm and a deep appreciation of the remarkable life he has lived.
The public is cordially invited to a free screening of the film on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.