Archive for March, 2015

Bowler of the Half-Century Preliminary Poll (1951)

March 11, 2015

Bowler of Half Century

My March 2015 article in Bowlers Journal International tells the story of the 1951 Bowler of the Half-Century award.  Above is  the preliminary vote from the board of veteran bowling experts.  The final vote from the full membership of the National Bowling Writers Association is listed in the article.  Hank Marino also led that vote, and won the award. 

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Earl Anthony (1971)

March 9, 2015

Anthony, Earl (1971)

(1938-2001)

Bowling Hall of Fame, 1986

#3 Bowler of the 20th Century

Bowlers Journal Bowler of the Decade, 1970s

Bowler of the Year, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83

All-American, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83

Masters champion, 1977, 1984

PBA National Champion winner, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1983

Tournament of Champions winner, 1974, 1978

1 ABC championship (1968-TAE)

43 PBA titles

1973 ABC Tournament Admission Ticket

March 8, 2015

ABC Ticket

In years past, the ABC charged spectators an admission fee at its annual tournament.  Contestants were issued these free passes—but notice that the “accompanying lady” still had to pay a service charge!

 

Fred Riccilli (1959)

March 5, 2015

Riccilli, Fred (1959)

(1921-2015)

Petersen Classic winner, 1952

First player to sign with National Bowling League, 1960

Bowler of the Year 1949-50

March 4, 2015

Once again, the All-Star Tournament champion was named Bowler of the Year–the seventh time in nine years.  Sarge Easter, who finished a close second in the balloting, was then 67 years old.  The top ten vote-getters–

1.  Junie McMahon, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . .  480

2.  Sarge Easter, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 463

3.  Chuck O’Donnell, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . .  356

4.  Paul Krumske, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320

5.  Buddy Bomar, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313

6.  Fred Bujack, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258

7.  Walter Ward, Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . .  178

8.  Steve Nagy, Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

9.  Ed Lubanski, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  136

10.  Connie Schwoegler, Madison . . . . . . . . 113

 

Bill Shaul (1939)

March 2, 2015

Shaul

(1883-1955)

Bowling’s First Professional Instructor