Sports Wall of Fame

Stephenson, Jack (Riggs)

Stephenson, Jack (Riggs)
Full size image of plaque

Jack was born in Niagara Falls and has been a life long resident. He was a versatile athlete who participated in baseball, basketball, hockey, bowling, tennis and golf.
Jack had the good fortune to perform on many title-winning teams. He played basketball on the Niagara Falls Collegiate Team, winning both the junior and Senior COSSA high school championships. Later he played with the Colonel Vandersluys' (Coach) General Brocks Basketball Team who won the Ontario Intermediate' A' Championship twice and also, with Hamcos who won a National Basketball title.
In baseball,”Riggs' was an outstanding centre fielder on nine consecutive Senior Niagara District teams, winning three Senior OBA Championships and was a
final ist on another occasion during the 1938-1950 era. In 1942, his sports career was interrupted by his enlistment with the RCAF. He served overseas with a radar unit in RAF Coastal Command.
The year 1940 was a particularly vintage year for 'Riggs' when, in less than twelve months, he played hockey with the Niagara Wire Weaving team which reached the Ontario semi-finals, basketball with Niagara Falls Hamcos who won the Canadian Intermediate Championship and baseball with Niagara Falls Brights who won the Senior OBA Championship.
After his lengthy athletic career, "Riggs' gave back to the community by coaching the Chimney Restaurant Minor Baseball Team, and Niagara Falls Church Basketball league teams for several years. 

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Click to view photograph taken at Induction Ceremony  Click to view photograph taken at Induction Ceremony
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Title 5th Annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Jack (Riggs) Stephenson Athlete
Description  Paisley Janvary Pool in background
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1994 ;
Date  January 9, 1994.
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