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.
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.