Landgraf Classic

The Landgraf Classic was a four-game scratch tournament held at Bowlmor Recreation in New York City.  Founded by tenpin impresario Bill Landgraf, the event soon became a regular stop on the informal circuit of elite tournaments.  Landgraf died in 1964, but the tournament continued on.  Though most of the later winners were league bowlers on a roll, until the end the classic always attracted a certain number of PBA members.

1943  Andy Varipapa, Brooklyn. . . . . . . . . . . . .    877

1944  Steve Nagy, Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  923

1945  Mike Petito, Brooklyn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877

1946  Chic Chicarelli, Elizabeth, NJ . . . . . . . . . . .  877

1947  Lou Campi, Dumont, NJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  890

1948  Marty Cassio, Rahway, NJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 973

1949  Eddie Moore, New York. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  879

1950  Tony Sparando, Rego Park, NY . . . . . . . . .  906

1951  William Luzzi, Jersey City . . . . . . . . . . . . .  885

1952  Eddie Niederhaus, New York . . . . . . . . . . .  908

1953  Julius Grosso, Allentown, PA . . . . . . . . . . .  859

1954  Clyde Soravilla, Tarrytown, NY . . . . . . . . . . 906

1955  Joe Brown, Jersey City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  911

1956  Francis McHugh, Tamaqua, PA . . . . . . . . . . 898

1957  Lindy Faragalli, Paterson, NJ . . . . . . . . . . .  937

1958  John Massero, New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  930

1959  Dick Weber, St. Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  879

1960  Billy Welu, St. Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  915

1961  John Wisniewski, Floral Park, NY . . . . . . . .   862

1962  Sis Mantovani, Hewlett, NY . . . . . . . . . . . .  848

1963  Floyd Page, Yonkers, NY

(tie)   Frank Pinciaro, White Plains, NY . . . . . . . . . 871

1964  Craig Mueller, Union, NJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  882

1965  Joe Tusa, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 916

1966  Tom Montalbano, Deer Park, NY . . . . . . . . . 888

1967  Dave Leverich, Mount Holly, NJ . . . . . . . . .  880

1968  Joe Ostroski, Philadehiia . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  887

1969  Henry Krysa, Princeton, NJ . . . . . . . . . . . .  869

1970  Lou Scrimale, Solvay, NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 907

1971  Larry Lichstein, Windsor Locks, CT . . . . . . .  918

1972  Fred Lening, Yardley, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  926

1973  Ralph Hartmann, New Hyde Park, NY . . . . .  910

1974  Al Pujol, The Bronx  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 921

1975  Jay Tartaglia, Fort Chester, NY . . . . . . . . . .  873

1976  Ed Davis, Jr., Havre de Grace, MD . . . . . . . . 907

1977  Bob Delissio, Levittown, PA . . . . . . . . . . . .  891

1978  Nick Librandi, North White Plains, NY . . . . . . 894

1979  Nunzio Morra, Glen Cove, NY . . . . . . . . . . .  957

1980  Ed Walsh, Perth Amboy, NJ . . . . . . . . . . . .  916

1981  Marty Letscher, Darlington, MD . . . . . . . . . . 978

1982  Jay Stout, Levittown, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 905

1983  Bob Materasso, The Bronx . . . . . . . . . . . . .  923

1984  Jim Earle, Levittown, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   920

1985  Ron Gondek, King of Prussia, PA . . . . . . . . . 915

Tournament suspended

 

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