Sponsored by baseball great Ray Schalk, this four-game event brought the nation’s finest teams to Chicago during the first week of the New Year. Initially staged at Beverly Recreation, in 1942 the Schalk moved to Evergreen Towers Bowl in suburban Evergreen Park. The tournament was suspended after 1966.
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This tournament, the first national individual match-game event, was created by Louis Petersen in 1922. The purpose was to determine an official match-game champion. An invited field of 24 bowlers rolled 115 games on four specially-built lanes in the Chicago Coliseum. The tournament winner was decided on the basis of Petersen Points. But to be recognized as the match-game champion, the tournament winner would then have to defeat the 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-place finishers in separate 60 game matches. If he lost any of these matches, the title would remain vacant. After winning the Classic, Blouin later defeated Wolf, Lindsey, and Smith to gain recognition as the first official match-game champion.
The eighteenth ABC Masters was held at the Cincinnati Convention Center, April 20-24, 1968, with a field of 480 bowlers. The final showdown was billed “The Battle of the Ages,” pitting 60-year-old tournament leader Buzz Fazio against 29-year-old losers bracket survivor Pete Tountas. First Tountas defeated Fazio, 882-821, to force another match. Then, in the second match, Tountas won the championship in a final-frame thriller, 847-843.
The fifteen ABC Masters returned to its 1951 birthplace, the Municipal Auditorium in St. Paul, on May 22-26, 1965. A field of 480 men competed. Billy Welu became the second champion to successfully defend his title by surviving the losers bracket, then defeating tournament leader Don Ellis twice—first 778-735, then 832-782. Four of the top eight finalists actually out-averaged Welu, illustrating the vagaries of the double-elimination match-game format.
Top eight finalists
NAME W-L Average Prize
1—Billy Welu, St. Louis 9-1 202-12 $4450
2—Don Ellis Houston 6-2 197-24
3—Dale Seavoy, Detroit 5-2 210-25
4—Carl Winfield, Los Angeles 5-2 207-19
5—Dick Weber, St. Louis 7-2 208-27
6—Jerry Dutler, Mankato, MN 7-2 198-39
7—Harry Smith, Baltimore 5-2 213-23
8—Mike Fessler, Pasadena 4-3 197-15
The fourteenth ABC Masters Tournament was held at the Oakland Auditorium in Oakland, April 18-22, 1964. The field was 448 men. Billy Welu averaged a record 227, going undefeated in seven straight matches, to win his first Masters. In the final showdown he beat defending champion Harry Smith, the losers bracket survivor, 841-803.
Stefanich led the PBA in prize money while winning five tournaments. He also earned two ABC eagles for Classic All Events and Classic Team.
1. Jim Stefanich, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . 433
2. Dave Davis, Phoenix . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
3. Wayne Zahn, Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
4. Bill Allen, Orlando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
5. Don Johnson, Kokomo, IN . . . . . . . . . . 94
6. Billy Hardwick, Louisville . . . . . . . . . . . 85
7. Dick Weber, St. Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
8. Nelson Burton Jr, St. Louis . . . . . . . . . 18
T9. Dick Ritger, Hartford, WI . . . . . . . . . . . 7
T9. Dave Soutar, Gilroy, CA . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
The Greater New York Individual Tournament was one of the earliest match-game events. It was generally conducted over several weeks, like a modern league. Final standings were based on the bowler’s won/lost record. Starting in 1904 the winner received a trophy from the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper, and the event was also known as the Brooklyn Eagle Tournament.
1900 Philip Lehrbach, New York (63 g–W 11, L 3–average 191-56)
1901 Fred Clinch, New York (56 g–W 11, L 3–average 192-10)
1902 Dave Shiman, New York (72 g–W 14, L 4–average 200-11)
1903 Joseph Arnold, New York (72g–W 12, L 5–average 197)
1904 Fred Engelhoff, Brooklyn (203 g–W 24, L 6–average 197)
1905 (not held)
1906 Jimmy Smith, Brooklyn (182 g–W 18, L 4–average 214)
1907 Jimmy Smith, Brooklyn (292 g–W 26, L 8–average 203)
1908 Jimmy Smith, Brooklyn (284 g–W 31, L 3–average 204)
1909 Jimmy Smith, Brooklyn (300 g–W 28, L 6–average 203)
1910 Glenn Riddell, New York (212 g–W 29, L 9–average 207)
1911 Alex Dunbar, Bronx (317 g–W 29, L 9–average 205)
1912 John Koster, New York (188 g–W 17, L 5–average 205)
1913 Jimmy Smith, Brooklyn (225 g–W 19, L 7–average 205-1)
1914 Harry Cohn, Brooklyn (305 g–W 27, L 7–average 207-33)
1915 Glenn Riddell, New York (records incomplete)
1916 (not held)
1917 (not held)
1918 Glenn Riddell, New York (272 g–W 24, L 6–average 200-201)