50 Years Ago—Jack Biondolillo’s TV 300

April 1, 1967—Jack Biondolillo rolled the first perfect game on a nationally-televised PBA broadcast at the Firestone Tournament of Champions in Akron.  He defeated Les Schissler in the opening match, 300-216, for a bonus prize of $10,000.  Later in the show, Biondolillo lost to Don Johnson to finish in third place.  Jim Stefanich won the tournament.

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4 Responses to “50 Years Ago—Jack Biondolillo’s TV 300”

  1. Bob Schumacher Says:

    Bill Cwik and I crossed paths with Jack and Nelson Burton Jr. in the summer of ’62 at 20th Century. They rolled in from St. Louis looking for some action. Eight games and $330 apiece later they hit the door. They didn’t win a game. Bill and Nelson averaged about 230 each; I was a bit behind them, but Biondolillo never got lined up properly on the tight track shot that was prevalent at 20th at the time. He hooked the ball too much. Bill and I and another ‘house ape’, Tom Kazmer talked about that in 2010 at a reunion in Chicago. What great memories.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      There’s a fine lesson there—no matter how good you are, be careful taking on somebody in his home house.
      –JRS

  2. Greg Smith Says:

    That is an interesting story and reminded me of an article I read some years back. I absolutely had no idea that this sort of “action” went on with respect to bowling. I guess my naive thinking left it up to Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. Anyway here is a link to the article if anyone is interested.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Gianmarc Manzione, the author of the article, wrote an entire book about East Coast action bowling in that era, centering around Ernie Schlegel. It’s a fascinating work titled Pin Action. Buy a copy—it’s a keeper!
      –JRS

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