Harry bowled in sanctioned league play since 1951. At that time, he carried an average in the high 180's. Harry was a member of the Southeast Merchant's League on Thursday evenings starting at Nick's Bowl, Bryant Lake Bowl, Lowery Lanes and finally at Rainbow Lanes. One night a week did not seem like enough bowling, so Harry joined another league on Tuesday night. This league started at St. Anthony Lanes and subsequently moved to North Bowlero Bowl. Harry continued to bowl two-nights a week until the age of 83 when he dropped the Tuesday night league to concentrate on Thursday. He bowled faithfully until his death at age 87. Harry had also been on several championship teams over the years. He participated in many city and state bowling events. Harry was a great mentor of the sport. He encouraged his sons, grandchildren and their friends to become involved in sanctioned leagues. He was a very positive influence on many bowlers. Case in point, the Thursday Night Twilight League at Village North Bowl honored Harry by appointing him honorary president by an overwhelming margin.
Men's ABC Hall of Fame
Date Inducted: 08/20/2005
Earl began his bowling career in 1955 both as a proprietor and as a bowler at Park Recreational Lanes, an eight-lane house located in St. Paul, Minnesota. While at The Park Rec., he encouraged The St. Paul ABC and WIBC Singles and Doubles Tournaments to relocate to this facility. Earl also started the in-house Mixed Doubles Tournaments that continued as an annual event. In 1958, Earl was hired to manage Biltmore Lanes. Each year he was at Biltmore he earned the opportunity to host at least one of The Minneapolis ABC and WIBC Singles, Doubles or Team Tournaments. In his desire to introduce bowling to the local youth, Earl started a Junior Bowling League that grew to fill over half of the 32 lanes each and every Saturday morning. In 1962, Earl was approached by the owners of Golden Valley Lanes to take over the management of their 20-lane establishment. Over the next 12 years, Earl built an impressive league base. Earl visited local businesses, retirement complexes and handicap care providers in order to accomplish this feat. He even provided bowling instruction and opportunities to the local association for the blind. He convinced local Jr. High school teachers to include bowling in their curriculum. He held instructional classes at the schools using plastic pins and balls. He then arranged for the classes to be bused to Golden Valley Lanes during school gym class to bowl. This youth interest developed into a very successful junior bowling program that filled the 20-lane house every Saturday morning. During the years that Earl ran Golden Valley Lanes, they hosted a number of tournaments including one of the first tournaments to award a new car to the winner. From 1976 to the fall of 1979, Earl went to California to start up a few bowling centers. In late 1979 Earl returned to Golden Valley Lanes where he remained until he retired in 1985. On the participant side, Earl began his love for the sport of bowling in 1955 when be joined his church league at the Park Rec. He bowled in that league through 1958, when he entered the Minneapolis 925 and 950 Classic Leagues at The Audi Bowl. It was there that Earl rolled his first 700 series. In 1961, Earl moved the team he had developed at The Audi Bowl to The Minneapolis All Star League at East Side Lanes. Earl bowled in the league, and was nominated to be Secretary of that league for the next seven years. This is also the year that Earl formed and bowled in the Golden Valley Classic. Earl remained the proprietor, secretary and one of the league leaders in the Golden Valley Classic until he left the league in 1976. During his long bowling career, Earl traveled throughout the country bowling in different city, state, and national tournaments. For eleven years, he was the organizer of at least one and sometimes two, teams that consistently finished in the money at the Famed Peterson Classic Tournament that was held in the Windy City of Chicago. For fourteen years, Earl captained a team that bowled in the highly competitive American Bowling Congress Championships. During his career, Earl built a reputation for being a strong competitor. He was also regarded as one of the most pleasurable participants involved in the events. Earl loves the sport of bowling. He is a man that turned his passion into a career, and during that career inspired a number of people to do the same. Many people participate in sports; few, however, have inspired others to love the game. As a proprietor, as a competitor, as a board member, as an instructor, but mostly as a friend, Earl Fisher has improved the sport of bowling.
Bob's accomplishments extend to all areas of bowling: from teacher to mentor, to promoter of the great sport. Bob started his love for bowling in the family business in the 50's at Tuttle's Amusement, a six-lane center. From there they built Hiawatha Lanes. Hiawatha Lanes enjoyed many years of success including the most lineage per lane bed in the state of Minnesota. Hiawatha was forced to close its doors because of road development. It was this event which led to the building of Stardust Lanes, a 30 lane center in South Minneapolis. Stardust has been in operation for over 40 years serving the bowlers. Bob has been an instrumental part of the expansion of the family business, which now includes three centers in the metro area. In addition to Stardust Lanes, there is Elsie's and Tuttle's (named after the first center in tribute to Bob's father, George.) In the late 60's and early 70's, Bob and Jim Madden (HOF 1986) set out to the schools to teach the game of bowling. They spent many days in schools assisting hundreds of children on how to throw the ball and score the game. The popular TV show 'Bowlerama' was hosted by Bob with his co-host Steve Nelson. This was a Saturday morning 'must see' show. This show grew in excitement and brought attention to the sport. Bob spent many hours each week preparing for the production of the show with Steve and others. Bob served the BPA for over 40 years at many different levels, including President. His true love for the game has definitely involved his family. He has mentored two of his five children (Tim and Mike) in the business and they have followed in his career path. Tim and Mike have benefited from Bob's willingness to pass on his insight and love for the business.
Jim has served the bowling community from the service side of the business. He coached and mentored children for over 44 years. He contributed his knowledge and love of bowling to the Minneapolis District Bowling Association for over 40 years. He held the position of Vice President for six-years and was President during the 1975-76 season. He held positions on many committees over the years. He was most involved in the Suspension, City Tournament and Executive Committees. He was very generous of his time in all endeavors of the association. Jim has also volunteered his time to the state by serving as a State Director for 30 years. He also competed in sanctioned leagues for over 48 years and participated in over 25 city, state and national tournaments.
Gary started bowling in Duluth, Minnesota in 1959 at the age of eight. He was the first junior in the Duluth Association to shoot a 700 series. Gary carried a 195 average, which was a record at the time. He has competed in sanctioned league play for 45 years. In Minneapolis, Gary has one Minneapolis City Doubles Title with Leif Carlson (HOF 1998) and three Minneapolis Team Challenge Titles. He was on the Minneapolis All City Second Team in the 1999-2000 season. On the other side of the river, he has accumulated eleven Greater St. Paul City Titles and two St. Paul Team Challenge Titles. Gary has been on the St. Paul All City 1st Team in 1995-96 and the 2nd Team in 1999-00. Gary was on the MSC's 1st Team in 2001. He has six Minnesota State Association Titles and one Midwest Team Challenge Title. He has titles at Alexandria, Fargo, and St. Cloud. Gary also has a top ten finish in Louisville, Kentucky in the doubles event at the American Bowling Congress National Tournament. Gary is in the Greater St. Paul Hall of Fame and the CBA Hall of Fame. Gary is the owner of the On Track Pro Shops, which are located throughout the Twin Cities, and he has generously donated many items to the Minneapolis District Bowling Association over the years. Gary has accumulated eighteen 300 games and four 800 series, with a high of 813. Gary's phenomenal 240.53 high average set the bar. This was formerly a state and St. Paul record.
Date Inducted: 08/21/2004
John grew up in the bowling center. He has worked at Skylane Bowling Center for 35 years and he has owned it for 26 of those years. He assisted in all phases of the bowling operation. He ran the business; organized teams and leagues; cleaning and maintaining the lanes and machines; organizing tournaments; setting pins; etc. He has been a certified coach for 26 years. He was involved in all areas in the bantam, junior and senior YABA leagues. He has been involved in many segments of the Bowling Proprietors Association. He has been a member for over 35 years, a Director and officer for 26 years. John has been instrumental in running the South Metro Traveling League for 20 years and he started and operated the South Metro Traveling League for Seniors for the last 12 years. John has been very involved in the Midwest Bowlfest serving as a Director for 10 years and he has been a member of the Minnesota Bowling Council for 15 years. He has been a member of the Metro Advertising for 26 years and he has served as Secretary for 22 of those years. John was Director of the Coor's Draft League for 4 years and a Director of the Budweiser Traveling League for 6 years. If this wasn't enough, John has faithfully served the leagues at Skylane Bowling Center for over 12 years acting as secretary of all the leagues.
Sam began bowling at the age of 8. His most interesting time was bowling at the US Embassy Club in Bonn, Germany from 1973-75. Sam recalls being an alley rat early on in his career. He did not waste any time rising to the top in the junior program as he won the Patty Ann Junior Scratch Tournament in Mankato in 1981. His smooth swing and uncanny ability to adapt to any condition, to find a way to get it done when the pressure is on has led to his incredible run of success. He was the Minnesota State Amateur Champion in 1987. Also in 1987 Sam was part of the team that won the Nation Collegiate Bowling Championship in Omaha, Nebraska. Sam has competed in many Minneapolis City and State Tournaments. He has won the prestigious American Bowling Congress National Tournament by winning an eagle in the 2002 Team All-Events. Sam has represented Team USA three times. In 1993 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone in Guadalajara, Mexico and in 1994 in Akron, Ohio. In 2003 at the Tournament of the Americas in Miami, Florida he captured six medals, five gold and one silver. At the WTBA World Tournament in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia Sam was part of the team that captures a silver medal. Sam has won titles in the Minneapolis City Tournament 8 times. He won the Minneapolis Masters Tournament once, the Minneapolis Team Challenge three times and the St. Paul Team Challenge once. He has accumulated 8 St. Paul City Tournament titles and 6 Minnesota State titles. In addition, Sam has won 18 Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) titles. Sam has many other tournaments wins to his name, Fargo Doubles Title, Minnehaha and the St. Cloud Doubles to mention a few. He was nominated to the Minneapolis All-City 1st Team 4 times and the second team 3 times. He was nominated to the St. Paul All-City 1st Team twice and the 2nd team twice. Sam's most memorable tournament victory is actually a tie! At the World Cup qualifying at Kansas City, Missouri in 1994 is where he beat Chris Barnes, Joe Vito and Robert Smith to name a few. This win earned him the right to attend the AMF World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico. The other is his 1997 Minneapolis Masters win. This was his first tournament after getting out of the hospital. He even had an IV pumping into him at the tournament. At this time he has 32 - 300 games and 11 - 800 series. His highest league average was 234.
Carl came up through the junior program in the Minneapolis area. He has participated in the local tournament scene for many years. Nationally, he has competed in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament and his highest finish is fifth place in the Doubles event with Scott Pohl. He has been part of the team that won one National Team Challenge and he has won three Minneapolis Team Challenges. In 1998 Carl had the honor of representing our Association locally when the Team USA Regional Finals were held at Brunswick Eden Prairie Lanes. Carl had a great showing and was selected to the Team USA and he won three gold medals and one silver medal in the Tournament of the Americas in Miami, Florida. Carl has won 12 - Minneapolis City Titles, 4 - Minnesota State Titles and 11 - Central Bowlers Alliance Title. In addition, he has 15 Greater St. Paul Association titles. Carl has many other tournaments wins to his name, Fargo Doubles Title, Garden Center All-Events title in Alexandria, Minnesota and the St. Cloud Kegle Doubles to mention a few. He was nominated to the Minneapolis All-City 1st Team 8 times and the Bowler of the Year for 7 of those years. He was nominated to the St. Paul All-City 1st Team five times. He has received the 'Award of Merit' for both the highest Average in the Association (twice) and the Highest Series once. Carl has 25- 300 games and 13 - 800 series.
George has been bowling in the Minneapolis area for 33 years. He has competed in the Minneapolis City Tournament for over 30 years and 32 years in the Minnesota State Tournament. Nationally, George has competed in 32 ABC National Tournaments. He has 4 American Bowling Congress National Tournament Titles. They are 1984 Team and Team All-Events Titles and 1985 Team and Team All-Events. George has 2 Minneapolis City Tournament Titles, 5 Minnesota State Tournament Titles and 10 Greater St. Paul Association Titles. George has been the St. Paul Master Champion twice and has 5 titles in other tournaments including, the Hoinke Classic, Midwest Senior Classic, St. Cloud Kegle and the Tri-State Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota and one Central Bowlers Alliance Title. George has been on the Minneapolis All-City Team 3 times and the Greater St. Paul All-City Team 4 times. He was inducted into the Greater St. Paul Bowling Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Minnesota State Bowling Hall of Fame in March 2004. He has enjoyed coaching and working with the juniors as well as instructing his peers. George has 18 -300 games, one 299, 3 - 298's and 8 - 800 series. He has a season high average of 236.
Date Inducted: 08/09/2003
Wally has been bowling in the Minneapolis area since 1960. He has competed in the Minneapolis City Tournament for 16 years and 13 years in the Minnesota State Tournament. Nationally, Wally has competed in 23 ABC National Tournaments. He has one Minneapolis City Doubles title with Paul Aarestad. Their count was a record high for 1 year. He has really excelled in the area of service and promotion of bowling. He served as a volunteer and coached the YABA for 22 years. He was League Secretary for 28 years and served the BPA for 22 years with 4 years as Vice President and 4 years as President. He promoted and helped for the Budweiser League and he served as Commissioner of the league for 3 years. Wally has 3 -300 and has averaged over 210 for 4 years.
Gene grew up in the bowling center. His parents owned and operated bowling lanes for 19 years (1948-1966) and he assisted in all phases of the bowling operation. He ran the business; organized teams and leagues; cleaning and maintaining the lanes and machines; organizing tournaments; setting pins; etc. He was a certified YABA coach for 29 years at AMF Southtown Lanes. He was involved in all areas in the bantam, junior and senior YABA leagues. He has been involved in many segments of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association for 18 years and he served on the Executive; Youth; Audit; Suspension; Finance and Budget; SMO and Hall of Fame committees and he was Vice President from 1996 to 2001 and President for 2 terms. Gene was a delegate to 18 consecutive ABC Conventions and was involved in the decisions on many key legislative decisions. Additionally he has bowled in 21 Minneapolis District Bowling Tournaments and 10 Minnesota State Tournaments as well as many other local tournaments.
Steve has been bowing for 21 years in the local area and 5 years in YABA. Steve has competed in 16 Minneapolis City and State Tournaments. He has competed in 15 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments. Steve has won the 2002 Minneapolis City Tournament Actual Team event. He won the Minneapolis Masters Tournament in 1998 and the Minneapolis Team Challenge in 1997. He accumulated 3 St. Paul City Tournament titles and 6 Minnesota State titles. In addition, Steve has won 12 other local tournaments. He was nominated to the Minneapolis All-City 1st Team in 1999 and the second team 4 times more in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002. He was nominated to the St. Paul All-City 1st Team in 1996 and the 2nd team in 1989, 1994 and 1995. At this time he has 23 - 300 games and 10 - 800 series. His highest league average was 234 in 2000-01.
Tom has been competing in sanctioned leagues for 30 years and 20 in Minneapolis. He ahs participated in 10 Minneapolis City Tournaments and 15 State tournaments. Nationally, he has competed in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament for 24 years. Tom has won 4 Minneapolis City Titles, Minnesota State Titles and 1 Central Bowlers Alliance Title. In addition, he has 7 titles in the Mankato Bowling Association. Tom has placed in the top ten at the ABC National Tournament 3 times. Tom has 9 - 300 games and 3 - 800 series.
Date Inducted: 08/10/2002
Dennis has been secretary of the K of C League for 17 years and the Merchants League for 8 years. He has served the Minneapolis District Bowling Association for 18 years as a Director. He has served as Vice President for 6 years and served as President for 1 year. He has volunteered his time on the Senior Committee for 6 years and the Nominating Committee for 1 year. As a bowler, he has participated in 22 Minneapolis City Tournaments, 15 State Tournaments and 16 years at the American Bowling Congress National Tournaments.
Tom started bowling at the age of 13. He was encouraged to bowl by his parents who also bowled. His early role models were Don Carter, Ed Lubanski and Andy Verapapa. Andy Verapapa gave Tom the best bowling tip...'have fun and give back what you get out of it.' Junie McMahon drilled Tom's first bowling ball. He also drilled his own equipment when he lived on the east coast. Locally, he had Leo Mann (HOF 1998), Dave Hoppenrath (HOF 2002) and Dune Suhr drill his equipment. Tom has served in all aspects of bowling and he has some outstanding bowling accomplishments too. Let's start with the service. Tom has volunteered as a YABA coach for 28 years in the Minneapolis District. He has been a league secretary for 14 years and has been the Youth Bowling Program Director for 4 years. He has served the Minneapolis Bowling Association since 1987 and has served as a Vice President since 1996. He has been the YABA Committee Chairperson for 15 years and has served on the Minnesota level as the State YABA Director. Tom has 1 Minneapolis City Tournament Championship Title in the Handicapped Doubles Event in 1972-73. He has a Minnesota State Tournament Team Title in 1976-77 and a Hibbing Doubles Title in 1981-82. Tom grew up with the bowling pro's at his fingertips and he participated in their clinic's whenever possible. He has 3- 300's.
Dave Knows Bowling! Dave started in the game by chasing pins at Lariat Lanes. He worked all areas of the bowling business at Lariat Lanes over the years. He served as league secretary for 5 different leagues between 1982 and 1997, including the Budweiser Classic and the Minneapolis All-Star League. Dave is a member of the highly competitive Lind's Lakers Bowling Team. As a bowler Dave excels, here is the short list of his titles: Dave was on the 1978 University of Minnesota Bowling Team that won the college team championship; he has 11 Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) titles and was elected to the CBA Hall of Fame in 2001 for Superior Performance; he has 4 Minneapolis City Tournament Titles; 2 Greater St. Paul Tournament Titles; 1 Rochester Doubles Title; 3 Fargo Team Titles & 1 All Events Title and 3 St. Cloud Team Titles at Granite Bowl. He's a pro shop owner who applies the physics to his own game with extraordinary success. He has helped many of his fellow bowlers achieve success while applying his knowledge and his attention to detail to the individual. He has 4 -800's and 15-300's.
Chuck started bowling at the age of 8 and was encouraged by both his parents, who bowled. His early role model was Earl Anthony. He stated, 'who else could have it been'? Chuck could be found at Coon Rapids Lanes and he felt he was an alley rat. Now, Chuck is a member of the highly competitive Lind's Lakers Bowling Team. Chuck has 8 Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) titles and was elected to the CBA Hall of Fame in 1999 for Superior Performance. Following are more of Chuck's bowling accomplishments, he has 4 Minneapolis City Tournament Titles: 3 State Titles, 1 Rochester Doubles Title, 5 Fargo Titles at The Bowler; 3 St. Cloud Titles and was the recipient of the George Dodor Memorial Award for the Greater St. Paul Bowling Association in 1985-86 for his 751 in the Association Championships. Chuck has won 2 St. Paul Masters and 1 Minnesota Masters Tournaments. The one that gave Chuck the best bowling tip was Dick Ritger. Also, Chuck said 'Jerry Ernster really helped him get out of his slumps'. Chuck's bowling equipment has been drilled by Dave Hoppenrath (HOF 2002) for most of his bowling career. As of his induction, he has 5-800's and 14-300's.
Date Inducted: 08/14/2001
Joe started bowling at the age of 28. He could be found at Cedar Lanes, Stardust, Park Place Lanes, Joyner's back then and recently at River City Lanes and McPete's. Joe has assisted and volunteered for many bowling activities and tournaments over the years. He has served the juniors in the YABA program for 14 years. He helped the YABA Christmas Singles event for many years. He volunteered at the Minneapolis City Tournament for 18 years and has been a sanctioned league bowler for 33 years. He helped at the City Mixed Couples event for 11 years. He assisted at the Team USA Qualifying for 2 years and the Olympic Qualifying for one year and other local bowling events. Joe served the Minneapolis District Bowling Association for 23 years and has served as Vice President for 7 years and President for one term. He has also served as chairperson of several committees. In addition to his years of service, Joe won the 1997 Minneapolis Senior Singles with a score of 743, including handicap. His high game is 279 and his high series is 696 with a high year-end league average of 192.
His bowling interest started at the age of 12 where he was a pinsetter at Eder's Lanes in Chaska, Minnesota. Mic went on to participated in sanctioned leagues for 42 years. He has served the leagues well by being secretary for 2 leagues, one for 28 years. He has served the Minneapolis District Bowling Association as a Director for 23 years. He served as Vice President from 1991-96 and as President during the 1997-98 season. In addition, he has served on the Executive, Suspension, Re-Rating and Awards Committees. In addition to his service, Mic has won many league championships and participated in many tournaments over the years. He has bowled in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament for 12 years and the Minneapolis City Tournament for 16 years to list a few. He has two Doubles Titles with his son Curt, in the Savage Fire Department at Dan Patch Lanes. They came back to back in 1987 and 1988. His highest singles finish is 4th in 1999. His high game is 279 and high series of 716. His highest league average is 196.
Brad started bowling in 1969 in the junior leagues encouraged by his father and mother. He joined his first men's league competition in 1974. That same year Brad started working at Bowl-O-Mat (Fairlanes) in St. Anthony, Minnesota. He continued working at Bowl-O-Mat until 1983. Brad's father, Nick was a great bowler with many years of classic leagues and tournament competition and served as a great early role model that encouraged Brad to bowl and taught him the love of the game and competition. His other role models were Bruce Forsland (HOF 1984) and Bob Hanson (HOF 1975). In 1978 Brad was part of the University of Minnesota Collegiate Team Championship. Brad has accumulated the following titles: 5-Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) titles; December 1986, Diamond Lake South - March 1990, Ridgeview Lanes, Duluth - April 1990, Texa-Tonka Lanes - January 1995, Midway Pro Bowl - April 1998, City Limits Lanes. 6-Minnesota State Men's Tournament titles; 1990 Actual and Handicapped Team Event in Winona - 1992 Actual Singles Event in Duluth with 734 - 1992 Actual All-Events in Duluth with 2,091 - 1993 Doubles Title with Bruce Amundson, 1,478 - 1995 Doubles Title with Chuck Leone, 1,472. 3-Minneapolis City Tournament titles; 1989 Actual Team Title, Hopkins - 1989 All-Events Title, Hopkins and 1997 Actual Team Title at Village North Bowl. 8-Greater St. Paul City Tournament titles including; 1985 Actual and Handicapped Doubles Title - 1988 Actual Doubles Title with Chris Harrison - 1989 Actual Singles Title - 1990 Actual Doubles Title with Terry Schroeder - 1993 George Dodor Award and 1998 Actual and Handicapped Team Titles. 5-Fargo, North Dakota Titles at The Bowler. 3-St. Cloud, Minnesota Titles and Team Titles in Rochester, Minnesota at Recreation Lanes and Fairmont, Minnesota at Bowl More Lanes. Brad is a member of the Central Bowlers Alliance Hall of Fame. He has been selected to the Minneapolis All-City Team twice, two-times to the Greater St. Paul All-City 1st Team and three times to the All-City 2nd Team. He has 13-300 games and 5-800 series with 813 his highest. Brad's first 300 came on February 8, 1986 at Diamond Lake South at the Minneapolis City Tournament. He threw a Black Angle in the 11th frame of the preceding game and struck in which he finished with a 166. He managed to get the first 7 in a row the next game and there were a few brooklyns in there. Needless to say he was not real confident at this point. Teammate Al Loth said after that start, 'how are you going to get the last 5 and if you do, it will have to be the worst 300 he'd ever seen'. Well, he went on to throw another 300 game.
Ken has been a YABA coach for over 20 years. Ken has been competing in sanctioned competition for over 32 years. He has participated in approximately 15 Minneapolis City Tournaments, 10 Minnesota State Men's Tournaments and 4 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments. He has 3 Minneapolis City Tournament Titles, 2 State Team Titles, and 3 Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) Titles in October 1987, February 1989 and May 1990. In the Greater St. Paul City Tournament Ken was part of the team that won the Actual and Handicapped Titles in 1982. He also has titles in the following tournaments: Minnehaha Open Doubles Event; St Cloud, Minnesota; 3-Team and one All-Events Titles at Fairmont, Minnesota; and one Hibbing, Minnesota City Team Title and one Doubles Title. At the time of his induction, Ken had 9-300 games and 4-800 series with 836 his highest. His high end of the year average is 237 in the 1998-99 season.
Michael Light, Jr. was inducted in the Discretionary Category of the Hall of Fame on August 14, 2001. The Minneapolis District Bowling Association lost one of its members and great friends when Mike died of cancer on July 12, 2001. Mike started at a young age as a competitor. He started bowling at the age of 7 and he never lost the desire to compete. At the age of 18 he considered one of his biggest accomplishments to be on the University of Minnesota Bowling Team where he competed for a total of two years. Mike's first 800 series came on Wednesday, January 9, 1991 at Skylanes where he put together games of 265-289-247 for an 801 series, giving him an 800 series before a 300 game. His first sanctioned 300 came shortly after on Wednesday, January 22, 1991 at Skylanes while competing in the Skylanes Crosstown League. Mike went on to have 10-300 games and 6-800 series with 844 being his high. The 844 also was the high series for the Minneapolis District Bowling Association for the 1994-1995 season. While competing at Saxon Lanes for Rolling Innovations on January 9, 1996, he moved into the Minnesota State record scores for a five man series. Mike had an 813, Dave Hoppenrath 728, Tom Corbett (HOF 1996) 737, Brad Subak (HOF 2001) 622 and Mark Steiner contributed 717 for a combined score of 3,617. This score is currently in 13th place. Mike has contributed the high game of 289 on the way to a five-man team game record score as well. On October 21, 1999 at AMF Village North while bowling for On Track / Linds with Craig Fleek, Mike Russell, Tom Havlish and Arnie Gerdes they totaled a 1,320 game. This score is currently second in the record books for the state of Minnesota. He had four Minnesota State Association Bowling Tournament titles. In 1997 he was part of the Lind's Shoes #2 team to win the Actual and Handicapped Divisions. In 2000, he was once again in the winner's circle. Bowling on Lind's #2 they went on to win both the Actual and Handicapped Divisions with 3,456 total. Mike had three Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) Titles. His first was at the age of 21 in August of 1991. Two others followed in April of 1994 at Saxon Lanes and June of 1996 at Doyle's Bowling and Lounge. This was the year-end tournament and Mike took home a record-breaking check for the CBA. After this tournament, the CBA restructured the year-end prize list. Mike's favorite pastime/hobby was bowling. Whether working at Skylanes, bowling in his many leagues or tournaments, or helping the youth and adults, bowling was his passion. He always called bowling his 'main job' according to Mike Light Sr. Mike was featured in a book 'Bowling is for Me' published in 1981 by Lerner Publications Company. Mike was often teased about Hollie, who appeared in the book with him. Mike's shortened bowling career has touched many people young and old.
Date Inducted: 08/15/2000
Myron started bowling at the age of 18 and he has bowled in sanctioned leagues for over 44 years. He was encouraged to bowl by his father and Al Joyner (HOF 1982). As of the date of his induction, he has been a member of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association Board of Directors for 17 years and he served as President for 2 of those years. He has helped youth bowlers by serving as a YABA coach for over 11 years and has been a league secretary for three leagues for over 20 years each. At the time of his induction, he has participated in the Minneapolis City Tournament for 28 years and the American Bowling Congress National Tournament for many years. His high average is 190, high game of 279 and a high series of 697.
Scott began bowling in the mid-60's at Ken's Lanes. He has been in league-sanctioned competition for 25 years. He started winning tournaments in 1986 and never looked back. That year he won the Doubles Event with Tom Corbett (HOF 1996) in the Greater St. Paul City Tournament with a 1,425; he was part of the team that won the Minnehaha Open Team Title, and in October 1986 he team up with Tom Corbett once again to win the CBA Doubles Crown at Midway Pro Bowl. Scott has a total of 4 CBA Titles: October 1986, July 1988, March 1991 and January 1996; 1- Minnesota State Tournament Team Title; 4 - Fargo, North Dakota Team Titles; 4 - St. Cloud Team Titles, and Team Event Titles in the Rochester, Fairmont and the Greater St. Paul City Tournaments. He has a total of 4 Minneapolis City Tournament Titles, 3 Team Titles and an Actual Doubles Title with none other than Tom Corbett in 1990. He has participated in 22 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments. Sody has 10-300 games and 4-800 series with 815 as his high.
Date Inducted: 08/17/1999
Gordy has been involved in all aspects of the game of bowling. As a volunteer, he has served the youth bowlers through AJBC and later YABA from 1957 through 1982. He was a league secretary for five years. He served the Bowling Proprietors Association (BPA) as an active member from 1969 to 1982. He has served the Minneapolis District Bowling Association from 1967 through 1969 as a Director and again from 1993 to present. He sits on the Minneapolis District Bowling Association Board of Directors. He has been a proprietor of several bowling establishments throughout Minneapolis with the most recent being Luxury Lanes (Airport Bowl). As a competitor, he started winning in 1952 at the Minnesota State Junior Championships by winning the Team Event. In 1956, he was part of the team that won the Rochester Tri-State Tournament. He won the 1959 Aquatennial Doubles Event. He has two Minneapolis City Tournament Titles with one coming in 1975. While serving as Captain of the F.R.Lien & Son Realtor team, they won the Actual Team Event with a 3,063 total. The other came in 1981 when he was part of the team that won the Handicapped All-Events Title.
Merv helped coach junior bowlers for over 20 years. He also helped the blind bowlers. He served the 78th Street Merchants League as Secretary/Treasurer for 36 years. He was a member of many League Championship Teams dating back to 1959 and received numerous high average and high game awards over the years. Merv was the 1969 Singles Match Game Champion at Cedar Lanes, compiling a 217 average. He competed in many local and state bowling events throughout his career. His high game was 279 and a high series of 742. He held a high average of 202 and he converted the 7-10 into an award.
Steve started in the AJBC junior and traveling leagues in the 1961-62 bowling season. In the 1964-65 season he joined straightaway league competition at South Bolero and the Uptown Straightaway. Steve saw military competition in 1969-72 when he competed in the European Military Traveling League. In 1971 he was part of the team that established the European Military five-man team record score of 3,305 while stationed in Germany in the U.S. Air Force. Steve was high with 716 and his first 700 of many more to come He has been a part of many League Championship teams over his 30+ years of league competition, but most impressive was winning BOTH the Minneapolis BPA Traveling League and Home Divisions Championships two consecutive years. (75-76 & 76-77). Team members included: Virg Enger (HOF 1981), Bruce Forsland (HOF 1984), Paul Aarestad (HOF 1991), Bob Wucherpfennig (HOF 1993), and Eric Gudrais. In the Minneapolis City Tournament, Steve has 5 first place finishes and they are as follows: 1975 All-Events Champion with a 1,991; 1975 Doubles Title with John Eiss (HOF 1990) when they combined for 1,382; 1978 and 1983 Actual Team Titles and a Team All-Events Title in 1978. At the Greater St. Paul Association Tournament, Steve was part of the team that won the 1982-83 Actual Team and Handicapped Team Event. At the Minnesota State Bowling Association Tournament in 1975 at Mankato, Minnesota Steve took home another Team Title when they fired 3,092. In the mid-70's Steve was part of the team that won the Rochester, Tri-City Team Event Title 3 out of 4 consecutive years. Steve has competed in the Central Bowlers Alliance tournaments and has one tournament victory in September 1980, and he was on the CBA All-Star 2nd Team in 1974-75. Nationally, Steve has bowled in the Hoinke Classic and has a high 2nd place Team Event in 1979 where Steve contributed 737.
At the American Bowling Congress National Tournament, Steve has competed for 17 years and has accumulated a total of 8 medals. The highest national finish is in 1975 at Dayton, Ohio where their team all-events score placed them in 2nd place. Steve has 4-300 games and a high series of 779 at the time of his induction. His highest league average was in the 1994-95 season at Texa-Tonka Lanes when he averaged 217.
Dick started bowling in 1948 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana before moving to Texas where he lived for 5 years. The next 26 years were spent in the Minneapolis area. He was a junior coach for 15 years at Diamond Lake South for Larry Borgin. He bowled the American Bowling Congress National Tournament held in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1955 and went on to participate in over 20 ABC National Tournaments. He was a charter member of the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) and his highest finish was a 2nd place in St. Paul. He has 3 Senior CBA titles. The classic leagues Dick was a part of include: the Minneapolis Masters, Minneapolis Traveling League, Twin City Masters and the Coors Draft League. In these leagues, Dick held the high average 15 times. He was consistently a part of teams that won the league championship. He bowled for 8 years with an all left-handed team, winning five consecutive league titles. Dick bowled match games in Duluth, Minnesota where he competed against Bob Strampe, a member of the Skippers. Dick came out on top. Some of his tournament accomplishments include: Minneapolis City Tournament Singles Title in 1969 with 706, a 1977 Actual Team Title and Team All-Events with Brown's Clothing when they shot 3,036, and in 1982 he teamed with Bob Hanson (HOF 1975) to win the Actual Doubles Title with 1,281. Dick had an Actual Team Title in 1980-81 in The Greater St. Paul Association Tournament. He won the Singles and All-Events crowns in the State Legion Tournament. Dick also holds a Singles Title in Hibbing, Minnesota. He teamed with Dave Haakana to win the Doubles title in the Tri-State Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. He has 4 - 300 games and a high series of 801 at the time of his induction with his high end of year average at 213.
Date Inducted: 08/18/1998
Tom had competed in leagues for over 40 years at the time of his induction. Serving as a YABA coach for approximately 8 years at Maple Lanes, he assisted both the in-house junior league as well as the traveling league. Furthermore, he was the Secretary of the Minneapolis YABA for 5 years and President for 2 years. Tom initiated the youth leadership program, enhancing the number of bowlers through his leadership. He has served the Minneapolis District Bowling Association as a Director for 13 years, and has served on the City Tournament Committee and Lane Certification Committee. Tom has also functioned as Vice President, President, and Executive Director of the Association. In addition to his local involvement, Tom has presided as a Minnesota State Director for 4 years.
Vern worked with the junior bowling program at Skylanes in South Minneapolis for over 30 years. He also worked with the blind bowlers at Uptown Lanes and the wheelchair bound bowlers, assisting Tom Neumann (HOF 1992) and Claude Kenady (HOF 1984). Vern bowled in the Richfield Businessmen's League, St. Peters League, Luxury Keglers, Diamond Lake Handicapped, among others, and served these leagues by being President, Vice President and Secretary for over 35 years. He was on the league championship teams many times. Vern bowled in many of the City, State and American Legion tournaments over his many years of bowling. He bowled in the Bowlerama program on TV and in his last season of bowling 1987-88 was part of the team that won the V.A. Hospital League. Vern's high game was 300 with a high series of 700. His high end of year average was 211.
Leif has been a straightaway sanctioned league bowler for many years. He has League Championships in the Twin City Classic, All-American, Diamond Lake Classic, Cedar Lanes Classic, Apple Classic, Lariat Classic, Nokomis Classic, Saxon Straightaway, Chanhassen Classic and the Data Trend Masters. In addition, he has won many high average awards in the classic leagues. In tournaments, Leif started his winning ways in 1978 at the Minnesota State Bowling Association Tournament in Duluth, Minnesota by winning the Actual and Handicapped Doubles event with Mark Brettingen. Continuing on in the State Tournament, Leif won the 1983 Actual Singles Title and the 1997 Actual and Handicapped Team Titles. Leif has a State Title in three decades - 70's, 80's and 90's. In the Greater St. Paul Bowling Association Tournament Leif has eight (8) titles. Starting in 1991 he was part of the team that won the Actual Team Event. Also that year, Leif won the George Dodor award for his 763. He won the Actual Double Event back to back in 1993 and 1994. In 1994 he also won the Handicapped Doubles Title. Their 1,499 established a St. Paul City doubles record. Moreover, in 1995 his team won the Actual and Handicapped Team Title. In 1998 Leif was back at the top in the St. Paul City by winning the Actual Doubles Event. In the Minneapolis City Tournament, Leif started in 1987 by winning the Actual Doubles Title with John Eiss (HOF 1990) and another with Gary Arntzen in 1995 with 1,328. Leif has two Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) Titles: June 1979 with Frank Stupka and October 1999 with Dave Hoppenrath. He was named to the CBA 2nd All-Star Team in 1980-81. He has numerous top 5 and top 12 finishes in the CBA. His high game is 300 (4), and his high series is 790. His high end of the year average is 215. Leif continues to be very active and competitive in this great sport.
Leo has the honor of being the first bowler to be inducted in both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Hall of Fames (1974). Leo is also a member of the Minnesota State Bowling Hall of Fame (1993). Leo rolled 135-140 games on the Minnesota TV All-Star Program and averaged approximately 224. He won a new car in a tournament in southern Minnesota in the early 1960's. Leo was a member of the Brunswick Advisory Staff in the 1960's and a member of the Professional Bowlers Association from 1960 to 1975. He won the Most Valuable Player Award in the Tournament of Champions in Los Angeles, California in 1960. Leading the New York tournament wire to wire, his highest finish was in 1963 where he finished 2nd. He was invited to the World Invitational Tournament in Chicago, Illinois in 1961-62 and broke the opening day record, eventually finishing 6th in the tournament and averaging 213 for 100 games. His lists of tournament accomplishments are many, here are a few of them: he won the Minneapolis City Tournament Actual Singles Title back to back in 1974 and 1975 with 684 and 741 respectively; he was part of the Phelp's Offset Printing team in 1962 that won the Minneapolis City Team Actual Title with a 3,197 series; he has two other Minneapolis City Team actual titles with Grain Belt Beer and Brown's Clothing in the late 1950's; in the Greater St. Paul Bowling Association Tournament Leo has a total of 5 titles; in 1958-59 he won both the Actual Singles and Actual All-Events crowns; in 1963-64 he won the Actual Singles Title; and in 1966-67 was part of the Team Title. In 1973-74 he teamed with his brother, John to win the Actual Doubles Title. He was on the Greater St. Paul All-City 1st Team four times and has been named King of St. Paul Bowlers four times. In Minnesota State competition, Leo has earned the following titles: in 1966 he was part of the Muntean-Hedman Clothing team that won the Team Actual Title with 2,951; he teamed with his brother, John to win the Actual Doubles crown in 1969 with a 1,388 combined effort; All-Events crowns came in 1962 and 1971 when he had 1,944 and 2,047 respectively; in 1971 while competing for Pudge's Supper Club, he was part of the Actual Team Title with 3,193; he won an Actual Singles Title in 1979 when he fired 731. His sanctioned high game was 299 and he has a 793 to his credit. His high average was 224 in the 1962-63 season.
Date Inducted: 08/21/1997
Earl competed in bowling leagues for 30 years. He also was a YABA coach for 5 years. Earl held many offices in the Minneapolis District Bowling Association. Some of them were Director, Vice President, President, and Past President all over 25 years. He served on the Membership, Senior, and Nominating Committees in addition to his other duties. Earl really enjoyed helping bowlers and he was very good at presenting at many officer-training workshops he held for secretaries and presidents. Bladine was instrumental in establishing the one-day, 9-pin no tap tournament at Park Place Bowl and he helped at the PBA Regional events held in the Twin Cities. He also contributed many tournament ideas to the association. The Most Improved Average Tournament has a direct like to Earl's involvement. In addition, he founded the Minneapolis District Bowling Association Local Awards Program for all averages, but most importantly for the lower average bowlers. He competed in the Star of the North Tournament and received the following metals: 2-gold, 1-silver and 1-bronze. His league average was consistently around 175 but Earl really excelled by his devotion, dedication and service to the game.
By started bowling at age 14. He has coached junior bowlers for over 30 years starting in 1960 in the AJBC program. He attended coaching seminars put on by Chuck Hall and one of his early role models, Buddy Bomar. Another early role model of Westberg's was Bill Lillard. In addition to the juniors, By has coached and instructed adults since 1965 and is still active in both at the time of his induction. By has bowled in the following classic leagues; Northwest Masters in St. Paul, Minneapolis All-Stars, East Side Majors and the Minneapolis City Senior League. In 1988 he won the Minnesota State Senior Tournament for his age bracket and in 1989 and 1990 he was 2nd and 3rd respectively. He has donated signs for the Minneapolis District Bowling Association, Minnesota State Senior Tournament and the Minneapolis City Tournament over the years. He has been a Director in the Minneapolis District Bowling Association and has served on several committees. His high game is 289 and a series high of 781. His high end of year league average is 218.
Thielen was one of the most outstanding bowlers of his time. His bowling accomplishments spanned over 3 decades from the early 1950's to the mid 1970's. He won the American Bowling Congress On-Site Award in 1952 for his 1,835 all-events score. In 1956 he was the recipient of the first Dean Norum Award (awarded for the highest single game of the Tribune Classic) for rolling a 280 game. He finished 3rd in Regular Singles Division in the 1963-64 American Bowling Congress National Tournament. Al was a member of four league championship teams and had a high game of 300 on November 27, 1960, and numerous 299 games.
Jeff is the co-proprietor of Texa-Tonka Lanes and has been known as one of the best bowlers in the Metro Area for many years. He has many tournament titles to his credit, including local, city, state and Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) where he has 2 Championships, one at El Rancho Lanes in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 1984 and the other at Showboat Lanes in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 1982. He has been named to the CBA All-Star 1st Team in 1981-82 and 1983-84 and on the CBA All-Star 2nd Team in 1984-85. At the Greater St. Paul Association Tournament in 1981-82, Jeff was part of the team that won the Actual and Handicapped Team Titles. In the Minneapolis City Tournament Jeff paired up with Al Loth to win the Actual Doubles Title in 1985. Jeff also has two Actual Team Titles in the Minneapolis City Tournament, one in 1985 and the other coming in 1992. At the American Bowling Congress National Tournament, Jeff has participated in 22 events starting in 1976 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been a member of very strong bowling teams for numerous years and has always been on top of his game with one of the smoothest approaches in bowling. He has many 300 games and a high series of 821 at the time of his induction.
Date Inducted: 08/20/1996
Phill started bowling at the age of 15 and was encouraged by his parents that both bowled. Phill has donated many, many hours to the bowlers of the Minneapolis area. As of the date of his induction, Phill has served the Minneapolis District Bowling Association as Director for 13 years, Vice President for 5 years, 1st Vice President for 6 months, President for 1-1/2 years. He has also served in the capacity of Past President for 2 years representing the organization both locally and nationally. He has served as Chairman of the following committees; YABA, Historical, All City Team Selection, Nominating, Suspension and Re-rating, and the Executive Committee. The work and dedication of Phill has reached many junior bowlers over the years. Phill has served on the YABA Committee for 22 years and 12 years as a Director. He has worked with the junior's singles tournaments and he could be seen at the YABA state tournaments. In addition, Phill has served many national events held here in the local area. Some of these are; National Coke Tournament, regional Collegiate tournaments, Olympic Festival, National Amateur Championships, women's US Open, Special Olympics, Minneapolis Masters Tournament, Minneapolis City Championships and the City Mixed Couples Tournaments. Phill has been a certified coach and instructor helping many local boys and girls with bowling. Phill has been a league secretary for a total of 29 years with the longest as secretary of the 27th & Lake 'A' League from 1968 to 1989 at Stardust Lanes in South Minneapolis. Phill's most interesting sponsor was Henry W. Anderson Mortuary. Phill's high game is 279 and a high series of 749. He has been a steadfast supporter of bowling and has diligently worked to promote bowling over the years.
Tom started bowling in 1967 at Mady's Bowling Center by starting in the American Junior Bowling Congress (AJBC) program. Corbett was the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) Statistician from 1984-92. In 1992 Tom took over the CBA from John Dorek and served as Tournament Director to the present. He holds one CBA championship with that coming in October 1986. Tom has two 2nd place finishes that happened to be back to back in August and September 1987. In 1987-88, he was selected to the CBA All-Star Team. Tom has been the captain of the powerful Lind's Lakers Tournament Team from 1986 to the present. This team is comprised of local bowlers and has won many of the local tournaments. Tom has been a part of the following local titles: two team championships in the Minneapolis City Tournament, (1989 and 1991); Minneapolis City Tournament Doubles title in 1990 with Scott Sodergren (HOF 2000); Minneapolis City Tournament 4th place singles finish in 1992 totaling 739; Minnesota State Championship Team title in 1987; Minnesota State Championship 2nd place Doubles with Scott Sodergren in 1993; two (2) St. Paul City Championships Doubles titles, one in 1979 with Tom Margotto and the other in 1986 with Scott Sodergren; St. Paul City Championships All-Events crown in 1989 with a 1,970. Out state, Tom has the following titles: We'll start with the Kegle Tournament in St. Cloud where they won the Team Event in 1990, 1991 and 1992; in Fargo, North Dakota at The Bowler they won the Team Event in 1992, 1994 and 1996; at Fairmont, Tom was part of a Team Title in 1990; in Rochester they won the Team Event in 1991 and 1992. Other scoring accomplishments include the following: 2nd place finish in the MN Masters in 1986; 3rd place US Open Qualifying in 1986; World Team Challenge 3rd place finish in Dublin, California in 1994 and a 4th place finish in 1994 at Valley Creek Lanes in Woodbury. Tom has also served as Tournament Director for the Minnesota Masters Tournament from 1989 to present with Al Larsen and Minneapolis Masters Tournament Director from 1996 to the present with Mark Steiner. Tom's high game is 300 (8) and a high series of 804. His high end of year average is 218.
Paul started bowling at the age of 19 but started competing seriously in 1961 while working his way through the University of Minnesota at the newly built Aqua Bowl in Minnetonka. Chet Torrey and Arnie Norman entered his life to develop a love of the game and they taught him to value the integrity of the sport. By the end of 1963, Paul was leading the Aqua Straightaway average race and leading his teammates to the league championship. 1964 brought graduation from the University of Minnesota and a move to Madison, Wisconsin to work for Oscar Meyer. Shortly after arriving in Madison, Paul was drafted to bowl in the Madison All-Star League for Connie Schwogler's (ABC Hall of Fame) team. The Sports Bowl team also drafted him for the Madison Traveling League (one of the premiere leagues of the Midwest complete with viewing stands and hundreds of people at each match). One of Paul's teammates was Jim Lewis (PBA member). The Sports Bowl team won the league championship two years running. Paul won the Madison, Wisconsin City Singles Championship with a 673, on a tough condition. He was the Casino Singles Champion and continued to be the man to beat in match games. In 1966 Paul moved back to the Twin Cities and reestablished himself at Aqua Bowl, winning the league championship and high average for three years. At this time, he also joined the Minneapolis All-Star League. In 1967 Paul joined the 7-Up team in the Minneapolis Masters Traveling and Home Divisions. Some of his teammates were; Virg Enger (HOF 1981), Rich Hommes (HOF 1994), Tom Donnelly (HOF 1995), Len Lorenson (HOF 1989), Pat Holseth (HOF 1994), Phil Kossin and Jack Zezza. From 1967-73 the team won the Home and Traveling Divisions league championship, Alexandria Team Championship, Hibbing Team Championship. Individually, Paul was the St. Cloud Actual All-Events Champion, Hibbing All-Events Champion and the Minneapolis City Tournament Champion in 1970. During this period of time Paul was one of the top five average bowlers in the State of Minnesota. Once finishing 2nd highest in the state with a 210 average.
Date Inducted: 08/22/1995
Bill was living in Racine, Wisconsin in the 1940's and started bowling at the age of 13. He was a league secretary there for five years and was involved in two Racine City titles while living there. He was a member of the doubles title in the Racine City Tournament in 1945-46 and holds a team title in 1946-47. Bill has shown his dedicated to this sport by being a Director in the Minneapolis District Bowling Association since 1957. He chaired many committees such as Re-Rating, City Tournament, Hall of Fame and the Audit Committee and helped set up the association by-laws in 1967-68. He was President of the Association in the 1974-75 season. Bill participated in all the City Tournaments since 1959 to his time of induction. He participated in 26 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments and represented the Minneapolis District Bowling Association as a Delegate to the National Convention for 28 years. He has a high game of 290, series of 707 and his high average was 200.
Ken bowled in the Uptown Lanes and Aqua Bowl for 45 years. He won the Winship Award at Aqua Bowl for his congeniality and many contributions to bowling. Ken was a life member of the American Bowling Congress and a Director of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association for 24 years. He served as Vice President for 3 years and a term as President of the Association for one year. Tanaka was Chairman of the BVL Committee for 10 years and served on many other committees. He participated in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament for 12 years and represented the Minneapolis District Bowling Association as a Delegate to the National Convention for 12 years. He bowled in the Minneapolis City Tournament for 30 years and the Minnesota State Tournament for 10 years. His high game was 272 and series of 730+. His high average was 186.
Tom began bowling in 1949 at Lowry Lanes and EZ Lanes in Minneapolis. He was a member of the first junior bowling league in the state at Lowry Lanes. He continues to be involved by coaching junior bowlers. Tom was a team player in several classic-bowling leagues beginning in 1959 with Baden's Bowling Center in Richfield, Minnesota. Many fine young bowlers were in the Minneapolis All-Star League, one of which was Tom. While bowling in the top leagues in Minneapolis, he was a member of such league championship teams as Cy's Men's Wear, Seven-Up and Moser's Body Shop in the 1970's and Thunderbird Motel, New Hope Bowl and Tryggs Realty in the 1980's. His tournament titles include championships in Elsie's Lucky 13 in 1968 and 1970, Cumberland, Wisconsin Singles title in 1988, Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) Doubles title in St. Paul with Ken Worm (HOF 2001) in October 1987 and a Midwest Senior Classic Title. Tom has been a member of teams that have won the major team tournaments in the state including Alexandria, St. Cloud, Hibbing and Fairmont. He was a member of the team that won the Minneapolis City Team All Events Title with Thunderbird Motel and Grain Belt Beer. He has competed in 10 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments and has two 1,800 all-events. His high game is 300 and series is 780. Donnelly has a 216 high year-end average.
Date Inducted: 05/23/1994
Pat's involvement with bowling started in the mid-50's when he competed in the AJBC program. In 1963 he was hired as a pin chaser at Stardust Lanes in Minneapolis which allowed him unlimited practice time as well as being introduced to some of the areas top bowling teachers. He was considered one of the best junior bowlers in the state with a promising future. His employer, George Tuttle, offered to sponsor him on the PBA Tour, but Pat decided to focus his attention on the local level. He entered the University of Minnesota in 1967 and competed for the school's intercollegiate team - traveling to many colleges in the 5 state area. In 1968 he teamed with Jerry Steeve of Florida State to win the National Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Association of College Unions-International Doubles Event, held on the ABC Tournament Lanes in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1969, the American Bowling Congress held it's national tournament in Madison, Wisconsin where Pat was introduced to Chuck Winterstein, the Bowlers Journal Tournament Director. Chuck hired Pat to help him with that year's event - which started a 22-year dedication to the Bowlers Journal Championships. In 1970 at Long Beach, California Pat was named Bowlers Journal Assistant Tournament Director (and later Tournament Director), a position he's held for all but one of the years between 1970 and 1992, giving him the distinction of holding that position longer than anyone else. Pat thoroughly enjoys talking to the thousands of friends he's made over the years. Not a day goes by without someone stopping by the BJ Tournament to say 'Hi' to him. In 1974, Pat created H & L Bowler's Pro Shop, the only independent pro shop at the ABC Tournament for many years. The Metro Bowler, a bowling tabloid serving the Metro Areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as out-state Minnesota, was created by Pat in 1975. The goal of this weekly tabloid was to be supplemental to the Metro Area's daily newspaper coverage of bowling and to give credit to the area's competitors for their accomplishments as well as providing them with state, national and international bowling news. At the time if his induction, The Metro Bowler was in it's 19th year of publication (1993-94) making it one of the oldest bowling newspapers in the country. Pat turned over most of the newspaper's responsibilities to his wife, Juette, in 1984, but still acts as a consultant and contributing writer. Pat has been a member of the Bowling Writers Association of America since 1976 and is a charter member of the World Bowling Writers. He has served as a voting member of the BWAA Collegiate Poll panel for approximately 10 years and has also served on the Minnesota Bowling Council. He is regularly called on by various bowling integers for advice, answers and creative problem solving. Pat has one Minneapolis City Tournament Team Championship coming in 1975 while bowling for F.R. Lein & Sons Realtors. Pat's high game is 290; his high series is 755, and his high average of 211 while bowling for the University of Minnesota. At the time of his induction, Pat's competed in 23 ABC National Tournaments and holds a 189 lifetime average.
Louie participated in the sport of bowling as a bowler for 38 years and as a sponsor for 35 years. He bowled at Robin Lanes in the Robin Lanes Classic, Camden Lanes in the Cedar All Star, Ascension Lanes in the Pot O Gold League and at Recreation Lanes. He competed in numerous tournaments around the country. He enjoyed participation by paying the entry fees into tournaments for both men's and women's teams. His high game was 300 and his high series was 742. His high end of year average was 198.
David 'Doc' started bowling at Joyner's in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota the age of 12. He was an alley rat from the age of 16 to 22 and was encouraged to bowl by his father who also bowled. His early role models included Ray Bluth and Dick Weber. His best tip came to him at the age of 14 when Steve Nagy helped him quit spinning the ball. He had his equipment drilled by two individuals over they years, Glen Olson (HOF 1971) and Bye Bylander (HOF 1990). He bowled with the University of Minnesota Men's Bowling team from 1963 to 1965. In 1964, Dave was the representative to the Association of College Unions Tournament at the American Bowling Congress site in Oakland, California. On April 18, 1965, he rolled the first ever 300 game in collegiate competition during match play at Iowa State University. Also in 1965, Dave was part of the University of Minnesota Bowling Team that won the NCAA Bowling Tournament held at the University of Kansas. In 1968, Dave started bowling in the Minneapolis Traveling League and Home Division with Joyner Plating. In 1971 Dave was selected to the All-Navy Bowling Team and he competed in the All-Services Tournament at the US Air Force Academy. From 1978 to 1984 Dave was Secretary/Treasurer of the Minneapolis Masters and the Home Division Leagues. From 1984-90, Dave was the owner and proprietor of Park Place Bowl and he hosted the 1990 Minneapolis City Tournament. Dave has compiled an impressive tournament accomplishment list over the years. He was part of the Brown's Clothing team that won the Minneapolis City Team Tournament at New Hope Lanes (1977) Southdale Bowl (1980) and at Biltmore Bowl. At the Bowler in Fargo, North Dakota he won the Singles crown in 1976 with a 752 series. In 1978, Dave won the Singles Event in Alexandria, Minnesota with a 742 series. He won the Minneapolis City Tournament Singles Title in 1979 with a 697. In 1981 he was part of the team that won the Greater St. Paul City Actual Team Tournament at Red Rock Lanes. His highest American Bowling Congress National Tournament finish came in 1976 at Dayton, Ohio when he placed 4th in the Classic Doubles Event. While he has many, his most memorable victory is the 1978 Singles Title in Alexandria, Minnesota. Dave has a high game of 300 and a high series of 783 with a high end of the year average of 216 at the time of his induction.
Rich started bowling in 1957 at Lowry-Emerson in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rich has been involved in all aspects of the game. He has been a bowling proprietor, pro shop owner (Left Right Pro Shop) and a competitive bowler for many years. The teams he has bowled with include; Joyner's, 7UP and Dexter Shoes while competing in the Minneapolis Traveling League, Minneapolis Classic League, Minneapolis All-Star, Minneapolis Masters and the Twin City Classic. He has many titles to his name. His first title was in the Minneapolis City Tournament where he was the All-Events Champion in 1968 with a 1,894. He won the Doubles crown in Hibbing with Virg Enger (HOF, 1981) and finished in second place in singles that year. He teamed with Rod Toft to win the Peterson Classic Doubles in 1978 and then set the all time record for doubles with an impressive 1,395 and he finished 3rd in singles that year with 1,648. In 1991 Rich was partnered with Bill Johnson and they went on to win the Doubles Title in Fairmont at the King Kernel Open. He is also a great team bowler. He has been part of the winning team at St. Cloud, Minnesota six (6) times; Garden Center in Alexandria, Minnesota twice; and has one Team Title in the following tournaments; Fargo, North Dakota Team Event at the Bowler, the State Team Event in 1988 at Midway Pro Bowl and the Minneapolis City Tournament Team Event in 1992 with Dexter Shoes. He has competed in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament for over 30 years with an average over 190. His highest finish is a 4th place finish in the 1991 Team Event. Rich has 5 - 300's and 2 - 800 series coming in 1969-70 at Lowry-Emerson and 1981-82 at Maplewood.
Date Inducted: 06/01/1993
Dave grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and in 1969 he bought Silver Bowl in Silver Bay, Minnesota. He started bowling at the age of 14. His grandfather, George 'Hots' Anderson is a member of the Minnesota State Bowling Hall of Fame and his brother Bill of Duluth, competed professionally. So, he came by his love of the game naturally. He sold the Silver Bowl in the late 1970's and moved to the Twin Cities. He was manager of Southtown Bowl in Bloomington, Minnesota and Village North Bowl in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota before becoming Executive Secretary of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association in 1984. He was the newly named president of the Minnesota Bowling Council and represented Minneapolis men at State and National American Bowling Conventions. Dave not only knew the rules of the sport, but he was also a good bowler. He had high games of 299 (1962 in Duluth) and 298 (1987 at Park Place). His high series was a 790 in the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) in Duluth in the early 1980's. Dave's high end of the year average was 202 at Village North Bowl.
Tom bowled in leagues in 1947. He really started in bowling in 1937 when he set pins by hand at Hopkins Lanes. Leagues he bowled in were the Hopkins Commercial League, bowling for Milbert's team, and the Hopkins Merchants League, bowling with the NW Bank and VFW Club 425 teams. He was secretary of the Hopkins Merchants League for 20 years. He started volunteering his time with the Minneapolis District Bowling Association in 1960 as a Director. He served as President during 1978-79. He became a life member of the American Bowling Congress in 1980. Tom also used his spare time as a volunteer for bowling activities in the area. Some of those who benefited from his time were the International Special Olympics and the USA Team Trials. His highest tournament finishes are a 1st place team event in the 7th District VFW Tournament in 1988 and a 3rd place singles finish in the State Legion Tournament. Condon's high game is 257 and a high series of 683. His high year-end average is 181.
He bowled in the following leagues; Munsingwear, Nokomis Men's League at Skylanes, Good Ol' Wenell at South Bolero, Traveling League for Skylanes, Diamond Lake Senior, Nokomis Senior Classic, Skylanes over 60 and Skylanes over 55 for many years. He bowled in the Munsingwear League for 57 years starting in 1927, and was secretary for 43 of those years. During his 45 years at Munsingwear, Inc. he was sports coordinator for many of those years.
Leagues that Bob competed in were the Minneapolis BPA Traveling, Minneapolis Home Division, Twin City Classic and the Coor's Draft League. He bowled with teams such as King Kote Pins, Tony Weber Insurance, Diamond Lake Fun Centers, Coor's, Hamm's, Schlitz Beer, Olympia Beer and the Lind Shoe Company. He has won many League Championships with these teams and he was most often the captain of these strong competitive teams. Bob started winning tournaments in 1967 by winning the Belt Open Singles Tournament in Belt, Michigan. In the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) Bob has two titles (December 1974 & November 1975) and was selected to the CBA 1st All-Star Team in 1975-76. In the Minnesota State Tournament, Bob was part of the 1975 team that won the Actual and Handicapped Team Titles and won the 1989 Actual Doubles Event with John Hildebrandt when they shot 1,337. The Minneapolis City Tournament has placed Bob's name on a few 1st place finishes. In 1978 Bob was on the Universal Travel team that won the Actual Team Title and All-Events Title in the Minneapolis City Tournament. In 1983 his team won the Actual Team All-Events crown and in 1991 he teamed with Pat Brettingen to win the Actual Double Title. At the Greater St. Paul Bowling Association Tournament in 1993, Bob teamed with Leif Carlson to win the Actual Doubles Title with a combined score of 1,464. In the mid-70's Bob was part of the team that won the Rochester, Tri-City Team Event Title 3 out of 4 consecutive years. At the American Bowling Congress National Tournament, Bob has achieved a milestone by participating in 25 events starting in 1965 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bob has received a total of 8 metals and his highest finish is 17th which came in 1969 in All-Events at Madison, Wisconsin when he fired 1,915. Bob's high game is 299 and his high series is 784. His high end of the year average is 218.
Don competed in the Minneapolis Classic League, Minneapolis All-Star League, Minneapolis Traveling League and the Twin City All-Star. He bowled with the teams of Air-Flo, Hamm's Beer and East Side Beverage. His tournament title is the Minnesota Match Game Doubles in 1961. He has a high game of 300 (2) 1/10/1960 and 12/10/1961. His high series was 756 and a 205 year-end high average.
Date Inducted: 05/26/1992
Tom started bowling and setting pins at the age of 14 in 1940 at the YWCA, Tuttle's and Silver Star Lanes. Before junior bowling was organized, Tom would take a group of neighborhood children bowling where he would pay for their bowling and give them instructions. He assisted Chris Behr (HOF 1966) in the junior program at Stardust Lanes in south Minneapolis. He took the reins when Chris passed away. Tom bowled with the following teams over the years: Holy Name League, Archer Daniels, Adams Builders, Diamond Lake Handicap, Uptown League, Airport Commercial, Luxury Commercial, Milwaukee Railroad League, Little Wagon Bar, Jim's Bar, Gleason Mortuary, Lancer Stores and Fabulas Fabrics. In addition to competition, Tom volunteered his time with the Minneapolis District Bowling Association for 21 years. He served as President during the 1981-82 season. He helped the Minneapolis City Tournament and BVL for 21 years as a leader. He served on several committees including Re-Rating and the Tournament Committee. He was a Delegate to the American Bowling Congress National Convention for over 15 years. Tom has a high game 279 and high series of 667 and a 185 high year-end average.
Bruce bowled with Burger King and Olympia Beer from 1974-76, from 1977-81 he bowled with Texa-Tonka Lanes, and from 1982-84 he competed for Miller Beer. In 1985 to the present he has bowled with Texa-Tonka Lanes. In 1983 Bruce started winning, both locally and placing very high nationally. In the Minneapolis City Tournament in 1983, Bruce was part of the team that won the Actual Team Title and he contributed 709 in route to their 3,502 series. 1985 brought another Actual Team Title at the Minneapolis City Tournament and he threw a 708 for the team. He teamed with Sam Lantto in 1986 to win the Actual Double Title in the Minneapolis City Tournament. Individually, Bruce has won Actual Singles Titles in 1986 and 1991 with 784 and 692 respectively. He has one Actual All-Events Title in the Minneapolis City Tournament coming in 1992 when he fired 2,103 total. He has an Actual All-Events Title in the Minnesota State Bowling Tournament in 1991 where he had 2,122. Bruce has a total of 4 titles in the Greater St. Paul Bowling Tournament, they all were in 1983 where he won the Actual Team and Handicapped Team Titles, and he won the Actual and Handicapped Doubles Titles with Ron Nelson when they shot 1,429. Bruce was a member of the team that won the Fargo, North Dakota Team Title in 1986 and he won the All-Events crown with 2,196 that same year. In 1990, Bruce hammered out a 784 in singles and won the Singles Title. In 1983 at the Hoinke Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bruce finished in 15 in the doubles event with Ron Nelson and also in 1983 the team finished in 3rd with a 3,377 total. In 1985 Bruce teamed with Brad Haddy in the doubles event at the Hoinke Tournament and they finished 10th. In the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA), Bruce has 4 Titles: January 1981, October 1983, August 1984 and October 1989. At the time of his induction, he has been named to the CBA All-Star 2nd Team two times. At the American Bowling Congress National Tournament, Bruce has participated in 18 consecutive tournaments and has a 3rd place finish in the team event in 1991 in Toledo, Ohio. At the time of his induction Bruce accumulated 7-300 games and a high series of 816. His high end of year average is 217.
Sid was particularly noted for his energy and good humor on the lanes. Sid bowled with the following teams over his bowling career: Jennings Liquor, Bryant-Lake Lanes, Thompson Homes, Polland Plastering, and Sather Furniture in the Minneapolis All-Star League, and the Belmont Club in St. Paul. Sid was part of the then record-breaking team score contributing 645 while competing with the Sather Furniture when they had 3,257 at Lincoln Lanes on October 20, 1949. He was also there when that was beat with a 3,414 in 1957 at Bryant-Lake Lanes. He held many high league average and high series titles in the classic leagues he competed in. His high game was 289 and a high series of 744 with a 204 high year-end average.
Lee started bowling at the age of 20 and was encouraged to bowl by his friends. Lee has been in the bowling business for 34 years. He has been a bowling proprietor for 11 years and a junior bowling coach for 15 years. One of his early role models was Dick Weber. He brought the knowledge to schools and taught bowling in schools for 5 years. Lee bowled in the Minneapolis Classic on the teams of Cy's Menswear, Mr. Bobs and Eggies. In the Bungalow Classic he competed with Anderson Floral. In the Doyle's Classic, he bowled again for Cy's Menswear. He has the following bowling titles: Minneapolis City Tournament Singles with a 718 and a share of the All-Events crown with Paul Aarestad in 1973 where they totaled 1,922; Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) Title in Fargo, North Dakota in May 1972 and a Doubles Title at Garden Center in Alexandria, Minnesota. His high game is 300 and a high series of 781. Peterson's high end of the year average was 218. Lee's most memorable bowling event was winning the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) title in Fargo, North Dakota. He received his best bowling tip from Peg Torrison. Those drilling his bowling equipment were himself and Don 'Jake' Jacobsen.
Date Inducted: 05/28/1991
Ernie bowled in leagues starting in 1929 and was left-handed. He bowled in the Nesbitt League and Rutt Bros. was their sponsor. He competed in the Melody Monarch League and the Pot of Gold League. He attended the Minneapolis City Tournament for twenty-five years and the Minnesota State Tournament for twenty-five years as well. He was a member of the winning team in the Minnesota State Tournament held in Red Wing, Minnesota. He served as a Director in the Minneapolis District Bowling Association for thirteen years and Vice President for three years. He was Chairman of the BVL (Bowlers Victory Legion) and on the Minneapolis City Tournament Committee. He also worked with LeRoy Cook (HOF 1983) on the Minnesota State Senior Tournament for six years. His sanctioned high game was 288 and a 697 high series. His high average was 195.
Curly was one of the best in the Minneapolis area just after World War II. He bowled for Madsen Construction and they bowled in the Melody Lanes Monarch League. He was a charter member in the All-Star League bowling for the Jennings Tavern team. His teammates were Shorty Clouse (HOF 1969), Sey Olsen, Charles Mory, Stub Bedor and Fred George. He also bowled in the Bryant Lake Major League, Bryant Lake All Star League and the Uptown Classic. He won the Actual Doubles Title in the 1946 Minnesota State Bowling Association Tournament. His doubles partner was Sey Olsen and they had a combined score of 1,220 for the title. In 1947 he bowled an exhibition match game at Melody Lanes against Junie McMahon (a National Match Game Champion). Junie had 191-277-247 for a 715. Curly had started out strong with 256-205-185 for a 646. Curly teamed with Bill Harich (HOF 1969) to bowl against Junie McMahon and Wes Hardy at an exhibition match at Lilac Lanes. Junie had 637 and his partner contributed 523 and they lost to Curley's 613 and Bill's 605. In 1950 he saw another Minnesota State Bowling Association Tournament win with Madsen Construction when they won the Actual Team Event Title. His first 700 series was 727 with a string of fifteen straight strikes. He had games of 210, 238 and 279. His sanctioned high game was 297 with a high series of 789. He had a league high season average of 198.
In 1973, Paul tied for the Minneapolis City Tournament Actual All-Events Title with Lee Peterson with a 1,922. Also in the 1973 Minneapolis City Tournament, Paul won the Actual Double Title with Jim Sjostrom when they had 1,268. In the 1975 Minneapolis City Tournament while competing for F.R. Lien & Sons Realtors Paul was part of the team that won the Actual Team Title with a 3,063 series. At the 1984 Minneapolis City Tournament while competing for Budweiser, Paul was part of the team that won the Actual Team Title with a 3,167 series. In the 1981 Minneapolis City Tournament Paul won the Actual Doubles Title with Lindy Lundeen when they had 1,253. In the 1998-99 season, Paul was selected to be on the Greater St. Paul 2nd All-City Team. Paul has five CBA (Center Bowlers Alliance) titles, they are: March 1973, April 1973, January 1976, December 1976 and February 1979. Paul was Bowler of the Year in the 1975-76 & 1976-77 seasons. He was on the 2nd team four times; 1972-73 & 1977-78 & 1978-79 & 1979-80. Paul has competed in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament sixteen times through 1987. His high all-events of 2,072 came at the 1981 tournament in Memphis, Tennessee.
Date Inducted: 03/28/1991
Ron was considered one of the better team players of his era while competing on some of the best teams in the area too. He was a member of the Minneapolis Traveling and Home Division leagues as well as the Twin City Masters and the All-Star leagues. He competed on the popular All Star Bowling Television show. He was part of the team that won the Minnesota State Bowling Tournament Actual Team Event in 1969. Ron represented Minnesota in the ABC/WIBC National Seniors Championships in Toledo, Ohio in 1991. His high game was 289 and high series was 760 with a league high end of season average of 206.
Date Inducted: 05/29/1990
Bye started bowling in 1947 in Hudson Wisconsin in a 4-lane house. He was owner of Lowry Central Bowlers Supply for 22 years. He sponsored over twenty teams per year for twenty years. He was part owner of the Spring Lake Park bowling alley and roller rink. Bye bowled in the American Bowling Congress National Bowling Tournament for 25 years. He coached league at Spring Lake Park and he had the good fortune to drill the bowling balls for many individuals that went on to have 300 games including himself. He competed in many straightaway leagues such as: East Side Majors, Minneapolis All-Star, New Brighton Classic, Maple Lanes Straightaway, Little Jack's Classic and Joyner's Classic. His high game was 300 (3/5/1972) his high series was 755. His end of the year high league average was right around the 200 mark. He looked up to Don Carter, and credits Joe Joseph for giving him the best tip.
Art did not start bowling until he was 35 years old. He helped coach junior bowling and he organized the Twin City Bowlers Guild in 1959 with 11 charter members. It grew under his direction to over 550 members. He served as President of the Twin Cities Bowlers Guild in 1961 and he served for two terms. He was elected President of the Central States Bowling Guild in 1966 and again served two terms. Art also served as a Director in the Minneapolis District Bowling Association starting in 1972 and was very active in the association. His high game was 279 and a high series of 689 with a 189-year end high league average.
John started bowling in 1964 in Mound, Minnesota. Locally, John has won the 1975 Minneapolis City Tournament Doubles Title with Steve Smith (HOF 1999) where they had 1,382. In 1983, another doubles title in the Minneapolis City Tournament with Rick Sipprell this time when they totaled 1,408. In 1987 at the Minneapolis City Tournament he teamed with Leif Carlson (HOF 1998) when they had 1,472 to capture yet another Doubles Title. In 1989 he went it alone to capture the Minneapolis City Tournament Actual Singles Title with a 730 series. John has a Greater St. Paul Bowling Association Tournament victory coming in 1990-91 where he was part of the Actual Team Event Title. At the Minnesota State Bowling Tournament in 1975 and 1990 he was part of the team that captured the Actual and Handicapped Team Titles. As of the date of John's induction he won six (6) CBA (Central Bowlers Alliance) Titles. They are as follows: April 1976, May 1976, March 1979, December 1984, January 1986 and May 1989. He won Bowler of the Year honors in the 1990-91 CBA season and he was on the 1st team in 1975-76 & 1978-79 & 1980-81 seasons and on the 2nd team in the years: 1973-74 & 1981-82 & 1982-83 & 1985-86 & 1989-90. John competed in seventeen (17) consecutive American Bowling Congress National Tournaments starting in 1974 through 1990. His high all-events of 2,074 came in Memphis, Tennessee through the date of his induction.
Mady was born in Duluth, Minnesota and moved with his family to northeast Minneapolis when he was in the eighth grade. He attended Edison High School for a couple of years and married Rose Jaros in 1931. He operated a gas station in northeast Minneapolis in the 1940's and made an unsuccessful run for the Minneapolis City Council in 1949. In the early 1950's he opened Mady's Snack Shop on 13th Avenue NE. A few years later he sold it to his son Gene, and became manager of the Holy Cross Recreation Center, a bowling alley operated by Holy Cross parish in northeast Minneapolis. While there, he began campaigning for junior bowling in the Twin Cities. Mady organized corporate sponsorship of annual banquets for junior bowlers at the Prom Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1964 he purchased the Heights Bowling Center on Central Avenue in Columbia Heights, Minnesota and renamed it Mady's. Although he retired in 1975, he remained part owner of the business, and his son managed the center. Chet won the All-Events Title of the Tri-State Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota in 1954 with 1,823 total. He also finished second in doubles that same year and he contributed 618. He won the Woog's Tournament in 1957, which was held in St. Paul, Minnesota. He had a four game total of 865. He was President of the Minneapolis Bowling Proprietors Association and helped start the all-star traveling league with Marv Shelso. He worked with Tom Trainer (HOF 1973) to bring the National All-Star Tournament to the Twin Cities. This was the first time it was away from Chicago, Illinois. He was secretary of the senior traveling league for four years. His high game was 289 and series was 771. His end of the year high average was 194.
Date Inducted: 05/30/1989
Lenny was well involved with bowling and it's surroundings at a young age. He bowled and worked at Silver Star Lanes in the mid-1930's. During the course of his bowling career, Lenny bowled in numerous leagues throughout the Twin Cities and nearby small towns. Many years his average stayed in the 195-200 range. He served as a Director of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association starting in 1959. He won the Minneapolis City Tournament Doubles Event Title in 1967 with Tom Kelly. They combined for a 1,243 series. Len was a charter member in the Minneapolis Traveling League, which bowled on Sunday nights, and they traveled to different bowling establishments every week. He was a member of the Seven-Up Team. Although he never did claim a 300 game, he was always one to turn on the power when needed. His high sanctioned game was 290; high series of 765 and his season high average was 205. In the 1950's while employed by the 7-Up Bottling Company, he even took bowling to work with him by pioneering many of the soft drink beverage teams. By mid-1960, he decided to further pursue his love for the sport by dedicating his time and energy into becoming a bowling proprietor. He purchased Parkway Lanes and Parkway Bowling Supply. Soon after, he went one step further and he went into partnership with his brother Don as new proprietors of Nokomis Lanes - formerly South Bolero. During these years at Parkway Lanes and Nokomis Lanes, Lenny was at his happiest. Not only did he continue to bowl in many leagues, but he was also a key factor in setting up and continuing the in-school instruction for school aged children. He developed and coached local junior bowlers and involved everyone in the great sport of bowling. One of Lenny's proudest accomplishments was the groundwork he put in for the ever-growing senior bowling program. Lenny's fair nature and great sense of humor made Lenny a real plus to the bowling community.
Wayne's first league was at Coon Rapids Lanes in the 1959-60 season. He averaged 142 that year. He continued bowling and never looked back. Let's take a look at his league performances. He won high average in the Doyle's Classic in 1980 and 1981 with a 212 and 202 league average respectively. In the Coors Traveling League, he was second high average with a 211 average in the 1984-85 season. He contributed this scoring to his team as he won four league championships. First was the 1980-81 season with the Iron Horse team in the Doyle's Classic, second and third came in 1983-84 and 1984-85 in the Minneapolis Masters with Pabst Blue Ribbon. He won another league championship in the 1984-85 season in the Coors Traveling League. His tournament championships follow; they are a first place finish in the 1978 Tribune Classic Singles Tournament where he had a four game series of 886. In 1981 Wayne had 1,001 four game series in the Elsie's Lucky 13 Tournament, good enough for first place. At the Knobby Rief Memorial Singles Tournament in 1982, Wayne won by tallying a four game series of 976. Also in 1982 Wayne won the Red Cedar Match Games in Menomonee, Wisconsin. He averaged 213 for 20 games. Wayne contributed a 744 series in the Schmidt Open team event at Minnehaha Lanes in 1983 when his team won the event with a 3,353 team series. He had a 651 series in the Pabst Blue Ribbon team victory in the 1984 Bowler Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. Wayne was part of the Minnesota State Team Champions in 1984 when he competed with the Pabst Blue Ribbon team. At the Hoinke Classic tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1984 he was part of the second place team when they shot a 3,465 series. In 1985 he was part of the back-to-back win at the Minnesota State Tournament when the Pabst Blue Ribbon team won the Team Event with a 3,017 when Wayne contributed a 726 series. Wayne won the Minnesota Match Game Championships in 1985 when he averaged 223 for 23 games. Wayne accumulated 8 Central Bowlers Association (CBA) Tournament Singles Titles and five runner-up finishes. He was selected as Bowler of the Year in 1980-81. He was a first team all-star five times and was in the top ten money winners six consecutive years from 1979 through 1985. Wayne has five 300 games and a high series of 802 in 1982 in Coon Rapids Lanes. His highest year-end league average was 219 in 1982 at Coon Rapids Lanes.
Doyle started his bowling career by setting pins at KC Lanes when he was ten years old. He was also secretary of the junior league when he bowled at Melody Lanes in 1940. He then set pins at Ken's Lanes. One day, he set 110 games at $.05 a game. He set pins at Philly Navy Base in 1953 for the officer league at $.15 a game. Shortly after his military service in the United States Navy, Doyle became a mechanic in 1956 and assistant manager (his dad was manager) in 1964. He and his wife Joanne purchased Ken's Lanes in 1970. In 1976, he built and moved to the Doyle's Bowling Center. Doyle had two 300 games with his first bowled at Medina Lanes (5/4/1962). His high series of 806 was bowled at Lowry Lanes (2/19/1974) on games of 289, 217, 300. He bowled on the local All-Star Television show with Dick Weber as a partner and they bowled against Norm Abrams and Steve Nagy at Harkins Lanes in St. Paul, Minnesota. He had high game of 268. He bowled with the Grain Belt Beer team in the Minneapolis Traveling League and Minneapolis Masters. He was on the Bungalow Inn team in the Minneapolis Classic and Strawinski Classic. In 1958, Doyle shot 759 in the singles event at the Minnesota State Tournament at Lucky Lanes in St. Paul, Minnesota. He won the Actual Singles Title. It was the high for 58 years until 1984 when Don Rumpza eclipsed his mark. Doyle was President and Sergeant-at-arms of the Greater Minneapolis Bowling Proprietor's Association.
Date Inducted: 06/07/1988
Roger started his bowling career in the late 1950's at Audi Bowl and King's Lanes. In 1965 he was in the Marines and he spent the next two years in Vietnam. While in the military, he was on the All Marine Corp. Team that won the team event in 1968 in Norfolk, Virginia. That same year he won the All-Events Title in the Fleet Marine Force Atlantic Coast Tournament. Let's get into the other tournament action that Roger competed in. In 1974, Roger teamed with Dick Halversen (HOF 1976) to win the Minnesota State Tournament Actual Doubles Title with a total of 1,321. In 1976 and 1981 he won two more doubles crowns in the Minnesota State Tournament. Roger's doubles partner was Jim Lindquist (HOF 1978) and they had 1,317 and 1,307 respectively. He was competing with the Grain Belt Beer team in 1976 when they won the Minnesota State Tournament Actual Team Event. In 1979 he was part of another winning team at the Minnesota State Tournament. This time for Pabst Blue Ribbon and they won the Actual Team Event. Also in 1979, at the Minneapolis City Tournament, Roger and his teammates won the Actual Team Event with a total of 2,999. Roger was apart of the Miller Beer team that won the Minneapolis City Tournament in 1983 with a total of 3,502. This was the highest team actual score ever shot in the 70- year history of Minneapolis City Tournament. Roger won two Central Bowlers Association (CBA) Tournaments in July and December of 1981. He was voted to the All CBA First Team once and the Second Team twice. While competing in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in 1976 in Oklahoma, he finished in fourteenth place with Jim Lindquist in the doubles event. Roger was again in the center when he was a member of the Sta-Fed team that shot a 3,633 series. This was good for the third highest three game set in the state of Minnesota. This was just a warm up. On Sunday, July 26, 1981, while competing in the CBA at Drkula's 32 Bowl in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Blad established bowling history by setting the world record by rolling 3 perfect games in one day. Roger held the fifth highest American Bowling Congress total for a seven game count, the second highest count for a 12 game match series, 3,012. He went on to win the tournament by defeating Wayne Hathaway (HOF 1989). At the time of his induction he had five 300 games, two 800 series and a league high average of 217.
Date Inducted: 06/02/1987
Jim started bowling at the age of 12. At 14, he was setting pins at East Side Lanes. His whole family bowled and his uncle, Jim Collier, Jr., was his mentor. After spending 4 years in the Navy on the USS Iowa, he resumed bowling. He bowled in the Uptown Classic, Minneapolis All-Star League at East Side Lanes; he bowled for Grain Belt Beer in the Minneapolis Traveling League, Twin Cities Masters, Diamond Lake Classic and the Nokomis Classic. He began instructing juniors in 1957 at South Bowlero, which he actively did for 25 years. He served 12 years on the Junior Board of Control. He has been a Director in the Minneapolis District Bowling Association since 1969 and he served as President during the 1984-85 bowling season. He did lane inspections for honor counts for 12 years. He was elected to the Minnesota State Bowling Association in 1982, served as President in the 1994-95 season and went on to be elected to the Minnesota State Hall of Fame in 1996. Jim's high game is 300 (6/12/1961) at Diamond Lake Lanes, which made the 10:00 PM news. His high series is 789 and a career high league average of 206 at the time of his induction. Jim is most proud that some of the countless hours spent coaching the juniors paid off when some of those juniors have been inducted into the Minneapolis District Hall of Fame. As of 2002, he is serving on the Senior Tournament Committee and the Hall of Fame Committee. He still bowls with his son Jim, Jr.
Chuck helped junior bowlers for over 26 years. He contributed his time to the physically challenged men and women through the Richfield Recreation Department. He competed on the All-Star television show and has some high place finishes in the Minneapolis City Tournament and the Minnesota State Tournament. He has a high game of 300 and a 753 high series. Chuck had a league high average of 199.
In the early 1950's, Don and his father-in-law, Andrew Johnson, built the bowling alley at 5019 34th Avenue South (Skylane Bowling Center) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After Johnson died, Hathaway ran the lanes until he sold them in 1981. Don helped organize and establish one of the first junior traveling leagues and the first senior traveling leagues in the City of Minneapolis. He served as President of the Minnesota State Bowling Proprietors Association. He helped form the Greater Minneapolis Bowling Proprietor's Association and later served as its President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. He was Secretary/Treasurer for ten years. He was also president of the Junior Bowling Council for ten years. He served with Gert Finke, Rosy Vigness and Dick Finke to change the BVL (Bowlers Victory Legion) from a $.10 tournament into a great fund raising event for the war veterans. Don bowled with two leagues at Skylanes; they were the 34th Avenue Merchants League and Southtown Skylanes League. His sanctioned high game was 288 with a high series of 682. He carried an average around 180 for many years. Hathaway could always be counted on to remember your shoe size. After 30 years people came in week after week, he got to know them, their names and which shoes fit best, said his wife, Virginia.
Tippy was introduced into bowling at the very young age of six by his father Harry. Four years later, at the age of 10, Tippy competed in a special junior tournament held in conjunction with the 1951 American Bowling Congress National Tournament held in St. Paul, Minnesota. The next year he organized a junior league at the Silver Star Lanes. At 14, he joined his dad as a member of the Uptown Straightaway league with many of the areas finest bowlers. At 15, he registered the first of more than 100 series in the 700's. Smith has been a member of four Minnesota State Tournament Actual Team Championships and an Actual Doubles Title in 1986 with Bob Hanson (HOF 1975) when Tippy contributed two pins more than Hanson, 639 to 637 for a total of 1,276. Tippy won the second Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) Tournament at Diamond Lake South in July 1971. His highest average was 219 and high series was 796.
Virg started bowling at the age of 27 years old. He bowled out of East Side Lanes and he went into the bowling business at 38th & Nicollet Lanes in 1943. Virg has many tournament victories to his credit, including 20 between 1949-51. His titles are in the Minneapolis City Tournament and Minnesota State Tournament. He was the captain of many fine teams in the 1950's and they won many league awards. Virg finished in second place in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament on three occasions. In his first ABC Tournament in 1949 in Atlantic City he finished in 2nd place in Team Event. In 1954 in Seattle came another 2nd Place in Team Event. Virg's early role model was George Young with E & B Beer out of Detroit. He taught him more about 'playing the lanes' than anyone. Virg was encouraged to bowl by Ed Mady. His high game is 290 and high series is 767. He posted a league high average of 206.
Andy was one of the best clutch bowlers in the All-Star and traveling leagues he competed in. Andy had the second highest set in the State of Minnesota in 1957 when he had 805 at Audi Bowl. His highest league average was 208.
Date Inducted: 05/27/1986
Jim started bowling at the age of 16 and was encourage by his friends. You could find him at Midway Bowl, Lorence Rec., Park Rec., Flaherty's, Union Depot, Diamond Lake Lanes, Baden's and Nokomis Lanes. His early role model was his uncle Jim and Ken Bruns, and he looked up to Jim Stoltenberg and Bill Baden. He served the bowling community at all levels. As a proprietor for 34 years, he was owner of the Diamond Lake Fun Centers starting with Diamond Lake South in 1964. He was President of the City, metro and State Bowling Proprietors Associations. He also served as a National Director. Jim was active in the Minnesota Bowling Council and was a leader in reviving Bowlerama. He spearheaded Bowlers Night at the Met and Metrodome. Jim worked with the physically challenged and instructed bowlers in the junior programs, high school and college levels. He sponsored countless teams throughout the years. He hosted the second Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) at Diamond Lake South in 1971. Madden and other proprietors donated bowling costs in the early years to help the CBA get off the ground.
Gordy started bowling at 13. At age 15 and a graduate of the junior program, he averaged 199 in the top men's competition. At age 16, he reached the finals of the State All-Star Eliminations. Gordy was the singles event winner in the Minneapolis City Tournament in 1962 with a 706 series. He also has a Single and All-Events Title in the Greater St. Paul City Tournament. In 1965 he was a member of the Hamm's Beer Team that won the American Bowling Congress National Tournament Team All-Events Crown. Bill Baden (HOF 1968) drilled his bowling equipment. Lindy Lundeen gave Gordy the best tip: quit! Gordy looked up to Tony Wawersich and he bowled at Lowry Lanes a lot. His most memorable tournament victory was winning a CBA Title at Captain Jack's.
Competing during two decades, he was considered one of the best left- handed bowlers in the State of Minnesota. In 1941 he teamed with Carl Dech (HOF 1970) to finish 3rd in the Doubles Event in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota. Roy contributed 715 for their 1,321 total.
Jerry started bowling at the age of 14 in Virginia Bowling Gardens in Virginia, Minnesota and moved to the Twin Cities to compete in the top leagues in 1951. He became Minnesota's first certified junior bowling instructor, conducting schools in the Twin City area and throughout the state. He was a member of the Hamm's Beer team that finished 4th in Team All-Events. Jerry won the All-Events title in 1958 in the Minneapolis City Tournament with a 1,867 total. That same year he won the Doubles Event with Bill Baden (HOF 1968). His highest American Bowling Congress Tournament finish is a 3rd place in Team Event. Jerry received his best tip from Jerry Kopvieler (HOF 1983) and Al Powers and Dwayne Brealt drilled his bowling equipment.
Date Inducted: 05/28/1985
He first bowled at Indiana University, but not in leagues until 1961 in Duluth, Minnesota. Charlie became a member of the Duluth Bowling Association in 1964 and served there until 1970 when he moved to Minneapolis. In 1971 he was elected as a Director in the Minnesota State Bowling Association and was active in the junior, senior and BVL (Bowlers Victory Legion) programs. He also served as a Director to the Minneapolis District Bowling Association. His bowling accomplishments include a 1962-63 All-Events Championship in the City of Duluth, Minnesota, and he was a member of the team that won the 1981-82 State Bowling Tournament �A� Division. His high game was 266 with a 655 high series.
Ron began bowling at the age of 15 in the junior program. He was encouraged to bowl by Dave Haakana. After three years in the Army, he resumed his bowling in straightaway leagues in the Twin Cities. Ron bowled at Bryant Lake Lanes, Uptown, Diamond Lake South, Baden's, Nokomis Lanes and Lariat Lanes. Ron bowled with some great teams like Pabst Beer, Grain Belt Beer, Diamond Lake Lanes and Duff's. His season high average was 216. Ron was a member of three Minneapolis City Tournaments, two Minnesota State Championship Teams, and he has shared in many other tournament victories in the state. He has competed in 24 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments starting in 1965 and his highest finish to date is 14th. He has four Central Bowlers Association (CBA) Titles to his credit; May 1975, September 1976, May 1980 and October 1980. At the time of his induction, Ron had accumulated three 300 games and a high series of 833. His high series on games of 264-300-269 was shot in St. Cloud, Minnesota at the Kegle Tournament in the Doubles Event with Rod Toft.
Art started his bowling career in the 1930's, bowling through 3 decades. He carried a 204 average and he had 741 as his high series, when 200 and 700's were uncommon. He won the 1950 City Match Game Championship and was a member of the Sather team when it rolled a state record series of 3,414.
Date Inducted: 05/29/1984
Claude owned and operated Uptown Lanes, near Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, from January 1947 until the City of Minneapolis bought it in June of 1982 to make way for Calhoun Square. During the 50's, Uptown Lanes was the only bowling alley that offered a blind bowling league. Claude set up handrails along the lanes for the blind bowlers. This brought national attention. He was also instrumental in keeping the Uptown business area vibrant, as he was committed to the neighborhood.
Bruce started bowling in 1955 at the age of 13 at Skylanes in south Minneapolis. His early role models were Tom Hennessy and Steve Nagy. He carried a season high average of 213 in 1975, two 300 games and he had over 40 series of 700 or more including a 788 in 1961at Diamond Lake South as of the date of his induction. In 1963 and 1964 he won the Western Collegiate Match Game Championships. He won the All-Events and Team Championships in the Cold Spring Kegle Tournament in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1971. 1972 and 1973 brought another tournament victory by winning doubles back to back in the Tri-State Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. He won five Central Bowlers Association (CBA) titles in November 1973, November 1974, March 1975, November 1976 and November 1978, four of which were at the CBA in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He was a member of the winning team at the Kiel Spiel at Hibbing, Minnesota in 1981 and 1983. Bruce was a member of the Hoinke Classic Team Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1983 and this still ranks first on his long list of accomplishments. He was also a member of several winning Traveling and Home Division Team Championships. He bowled with Thunderbird and Budweiser teams. The bowling centers you would usually find Bruce were at: Skylanes, Lucky Lanes, Cedar Lanes, 38th & Nicollet and Diamond Lake South. He has become one of the most competitive bowlers in the Twin Cities with many additional titles to his credit.
Ron started bowling at the age of 12 and was encouraged to bowl by his brother and his father. You could usually find Ron at Camden Lanes. Ron surrounded himself with great team players and competed on some great teams: Grain Belt Beer, Brown Clothing, Thunderbird Motel, Cyrano's, Seven-Up, Budweiser, Schlitz and Bungalow Inn to list a few. In 1963 he bowled doubles with Bud Johnson (HOF 1977) to win the Minneapolis City Tournament Doubles Crown. He was a part of the Grain Belt Beer team that won the Minnesota State Team Event in Mankato in 1969. Ron won the Singles Event Title that year with a 751. His last game was a 299 and this tournament was his most memorable bowling event. In 1976 he returned to the winners circle with Cyrano's to win the Minneapolis City Tournament Team Title. That year, Cyrano's finished 3rd in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with a 3,164 series. Ron won three Central Bowlers Association (CBA) Tournaments with wins coming in 1974 and two in 1975. He has many other tournament victories to his name. His high game is 300 (3) and a high series of 782. His high end of the year average was 217 at the time of his induction.
This left-handed bowler averaged over 200 when this type of average was a rare occurrence. Sid bowled with some great teams over the years including Washington Shirts, Fitgers Beer, Jersey Ice Cream and Justers. In the mid-20's he won the All-Events Title in the IBA (International Bowling Association) with a 1,875 series. In 1944 Sid teamed up with Ed Christy to win the Doubles Event in the Minneapolis City Tournament. In 1947 Sid won the Minneapolis City Tournament Singles Event with a 696. He competed against Andy Virapapa in an exhibition. Sid's high game was 297 and his high series was 726.
Bill started bowling at the age of 16 and you could usually find him at Lilac Lanes in St. Louis Park, Minnesota where he was encouraged to bowl by Lou Johnson. Bill was team captain of some strong players and they combined into some of the strongest teams around (Thunderbird and Budweiser) for over 15 years. He also bowled with the Brown Clothing Team. In 1947 at the Top Spot Tournament in Moline Illinois he finished 2nd. Bill was part of the team that won the St. Cloud Kegle Tournament in 1970 and 1978. At the Tri-State Tournament in Rochester, he won the Doubles Title back to back in 1972 and 1973. Bill was part of the Cyrano's team that finished third in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with a 3,164 series. He was a bowling instructor for Brunswick with Buddy Bomar. They put on Rod Newberg Bowling Clinics. In addition to this, he was one of the founders of and President of Star Bowling and Golf Supplies. A Charter member of the Central Bowlers Association (CBA), he was very active in the Minneapolis Bowling Proprietors Association Traveling League, serving as President for three years. He also participated in the Masters and All-Star Leagues.
Date Inducted: 05/23/1983
LeRoy was introduced to bowling in 1929 at Ascension Lanes. It was 'love at first sight' for the sport and he directed most of his energy toward its promotion. He was secretary of the NW Terminal League for 27 years at East Side Lanes before it was demolished in 1973. He was a Director in the Minneapolis District Bowling Association and later served a term as President (1964-65). He served on many committees including the Audit Committee. In 1962 he was elected as a Director in the Minnesota State Bowling Association. Among his many committee services, he served as Chairman of the State Scholarship Committee to help junior bowlers continue their higher education. He was an Honorary Life Member in both the Minneapolis District Bowling Association and the State Bowling Association.
Carl competed in leagues in the Twin Cities between the 1920's and 40's. He recorded a total of 14-700 series. His team won the IBA (International Bowling Association) tournament in 1929 and 1932. Again, his team won the Minnesota State Tournament in 1933 with a 3,154 and the Minneapolis City Tournament in 1933. In 1935 while competing with the LaSebana team in the Minneapolis City League with White, Gilchrist, Holloran and Smith, their team averaged 1,075 a game or 3,226 for the last 8 weeks of the season. This type of scoring was unheard of at the time and was thought to be a national record for league competition.
Date Inducted: 03/23/1983
Jerry started bowling at the age of 7. He worked as a pinsetter for his father, Nick at Goodin Lanes and also at the Ascension Lanes. Soon after he was discharged from the service, he won Stransky's Diamond Classic in 1946. He won the American Bowling Congress final night sweeper in 1951 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He qualified for most of the All-Star Eliminations and was with Bill Evans in 1952 where he won the right to represent Minneapolis in the National All-Star Elimination's in Chicago. He accumulated a 203 average at that time. He was manager of Parkway Bowling Center before entering the sales field with J.F. Ptacek, selling bowling lanes and equipment. He traveled with Junior McMahon doing clinics and bowling doubles matches. He qualified many times for the All-Star TV shows. Jerry was a member of the team that finished 4th (1956) and 8th (1958) in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament. He was forced to leave bowling because of back trouble. His high game was 297 and his high series was 763. Jerry's high year-end average was 211.
Date Inducted: 05/01/1982
Al was active in all aspects of the bowling business. In 1957 he built a 12-lane bowling alley, Joyner Lanes, at Highway 81 and Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Al added 12 more lanes in 1975. He built the Brooklyn Park Golf Course in 1962. He opened another bowling alley in Monticello, Minnesota in 1976. He was President of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association 1958-59, and President of the Minnesota State Bowling Proprietors Association 1966-67 and he was a National BPA Regional Vice President 1974-76, a National Director, and served on many committees. He was very involved in and promoted the junior bowling program, turning out many strong young bowlers. His high game was 298 and his high series was 756. His season high average was 198+. Al devoted much of his time and efforts to the sport.
At the time of his induction, Virg averaged over 200 since 1962. He coached junior bowlers for eight years at Nokomis Lanes. Throwing from the left side, Virg was awarded many titles and accomplishments. Some of the most note worthy include: Hopkins Singles Tournament in 1969, first place and a car; National All-Star Tournament, 7th place finish in 1966 and an 11th place finish in 1969; Minneapolis City Tournament All-Events and Doubles Titles in 1974; Minneapolis City Tournament team and All-Events Titles in 1978; Minnesota State team title in 1975; Minnesota State Match Game Champion in 1968; American Bowling Congress National Tournament Singles Classic Singles second place finish in 1971; and a 3rd place finish in 1973 in the American Bowling Congress Tournament Regular Singles. He was a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) from 1969 to 1971, with his best finish of 17th place coming in Overland Park, Kansas. Virg won a PBA Regional Tournament in 1975 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He represented the United States in Caracas, Venezuela in 1974 at the FIQ American Zone Tournament and won gold metals in the Doubles Event and the 5-man Team Event. He won silver metals in the 8-man event and the All-Events. He set scoring records in the 5-man Team Event, double and individual in the doubles event. Virg was awarded titles from the following tournaments: Tri State, Garden Center and the Bowler. In the Central Bowlers Association (CBA) at the time of his induction, he won nine championships and was CBA Bowler of the Year in 1980. He also ranked second on the all time money winners list in the CBA Tournament. By 1981 he had two 300 games and a high series of 804. His career high season average was 219. Virg is known as an intense competitor, a team player and he rises to the occasion. He is known as a gentleman on and off the lanes.
Jim competed in many bowling tournaments over the years. Here are a few of his highlights: in 1953 he won the St. James Single Tournament and a car. In 1961 he won everything at the Minneapolis City Tournament, the team event with Hamm's Beer, Doubles Championship with Glen Olson (HOF 1971) Singles Title with 719 and the All-Events Crown with 2,057. He won the Minnesota State Tournament Singles and All-Events in 1967. He competed on All-Star Bowling and had two 300's and 788 as his high series. His season high average was 216. Jim was a great match play competitor and won many match play competitions. Jim won his first Central Bowlers Association (CBA) title in March 1976 at Westgate Lanes in Winona, Minnesota. In the final match, he beat Charlie Tapp 211-161 and he shot the only 200 games in the stepladder. Jim was known for some of his unusual bowling habits, sometimes throwing 75 practice games in a day and over a 1,000 in a month. He purchased nearly 60 new bowling balls in a single season. Jim was really known for the interesting way he threw the ball. Some said he threw a spinner, but Jim would come back with forward roll is the best. He would say, "The spin is in".
Polo first bowled in league in 1946 after a tour of duty in the military. He bowled on the Phelp's Printing and Little Jack's teams. In 1948 he purchased Robin Lanes, which he operated until 1963. He has two Minneapolis City Tournament Team Championships (1964 and 1969). He won the Hibbing Tournament Doubles Championship which he lists as one his most memorable bowling accomplishments. To date, his high game is 299 and his high series is 759. His all time high season average is 204. As of the date of his induction, Polo had competed in 31 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments starting in 1951. He went on to make his 50th appearance at the ABC National Tournament on March 18, 2001 in Reno, Nevada, which ranks first as a major bowling accomplishment.
Date Inducted: 05/01/1981
John never bowled as a junior due to the lack of opportunity and an overwhelming desire to play professional baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals and a team in the Southern League offered him contracts. He first bowled in his early 20's. His high season average was 200 and he had a 298 (2) as his high game and a 733 high series. He helped create the Twin City area's first traveling league. He worked at the Minneapolis Recreation and owned Edina Bowling Center, Celebrity Lanes and Southdale Bowl. John was the first in the nation to offer baby-sitting for league participants. He was one of the first to have high school classes brought to the bowling center during school hours under school supervision. John was a great promoter of the junior bowling program. John was the first to have celebrity leagues with the Twins and Vikings. Some of the celebrities were Billy Martin, Jim Kaat, Rich Rollins, Herb Carneal and Ray Scott. He was the commentator on Bowlerama, and commentator and Master of Ceremonies on All-Star Bowling. President of the Minneapolis Bowling Proprietors and he also served on the National BPAA (Bowling Proprietors Association of America). He was a Secretary, Vice President of the State BPA. Dorek was Tournament Director for the CBA (Central Bowlers Association), and an active promoter of bowling for many years.
Mike started bowling in 1937 in the Monarch League. He was a charter member of the Nesbit League, Pot 'O Gold League, Minneapolis Classic League and the Minneapolis All-Star League. In addition, he was a charter member of the Minneapolis Traveling League. Mike taught bowling and junior bowlers for 15 years at Beacon Bowl, Lynbrook Bowl, Heights Bowling Center and Bridgeway Bowl. He had many 700 series and a lifetime average over 200. His high game was 299 in 1968. He was President of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association. Mike was a member of two Minneapolis City Tournament championship teams. He picked up the 5-7-10 split while bowling in the Minneapolis All-Star League.
Date Inducted: 05/22/1980
Harry started his bowling career as a pinsetter at Dryers Lanes in 1927. He had a banner year in 1929 when he shot a 300 at Central Lanes in the Market League, (3/4/1929). He finished that season with a 211 average at the time when 200 averages were very rare. He shot numerous 700 series with a high of 753 and was President of the Minneapolis 700 Club. He was elected to the Minneapolis District Bowling Association's Board of Directors in 1952 and was President in 1963 during the Golden Anniversary of the Minneapolis City Tournament. Harry was also active in the Minnesota State Bowling Association as a Director, starting in 1967.
Date Inducted: 05/20/1980
George made his notch in bowling not only with his ability but also with his finesse in leading, managing, running, creating and organizing leagues around the Twin Cities. He was secretary of the Minneapolis Senior City League for 18 years and served in the Minneapolis District Bowling Association as a Director for 20 years. George was President for one term.
LeRoy started bowling in 1956. He was a member of the Hamm's Beer team that won the American Bowling Congress National Tournament Team Title in 1970 and 1972. He contributed 620 and 641 while keeping the team loose in their winning drives. Bryant averaged over 200 for more than 20 years. He once held the record score of 971 four game actual series the Minneapolis Tribune Classic rolled in 1972 at Bryant Lake Lanes. His high game was 298 and he has 781 as his high series. LeRoy was a bowling proprietor in Prior Lake. His career high average came in 1963 at 214.
Date Inducted: 05/01/1979
Mike started his service while at the Hopkins High School, where he was the Sports Editor for the Arrow. At one time he was the secretary of three leagues: Hopkins Commercial (37 years), Minneapolis Moline and Hopkins Majors leagues. Mike has brought to light some interesting oddities over the years in the Hopkins Commercial League. For instance, one game he had nine splits and he stated that Glen Naze rolled 1,386 straight games without missing a night (that's over 15 years of bowling). Mike also served the Minneapolis District Bowling Association as President.
Gordy was on the Hamm's Beer team that finished second in the 1965 American Bowling Congress National Tournament Team All-Events in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was also on the team when the Hamm's Beer team won the Team titles in 1970 and 1972. The Tribune Classic Tournament presented Gordy with the Dean Noren award in 1967 and 1969. Gordy won the Minneapolis City Tournament All-Events titles back to back in 1962 and 1963. He was also part of the team that won the Minneapolis City Tournament Team Title in 1962. At time of his induction, he has a Minnesota State Team Title and All-Events Title. He has a high game of 300 and a 793 high series. His high season average was 221. He worked at Uptown Lanes and Diamond Lake South.
Date Inducted: 05/18/1978
Norm began contributing his time and energies into the sport during World War II. A retired postal employee, he worked with state and city post office bowling activities for many years. He was President of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association and served as a Director in the Minnesota State Association. Norm had a high 724 series and averaged as high as 195. He won the Tom Trainer Classic in 1955 with an 845 for four games. He won the Minneapolis City Tournament Singles Title in 1965 with a 691.
Jim started his impressive career by winning the state junior title in 1960. Holding a 190+ average when he was 13 years old highlights his illustrious career. Jim was the only competitor in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament history to bowl three nine-game all-events totals over 2,000 (2,071, 2,022, 2009). His 1976 score of 2,071 won him the All-Events Title. In the same year he had 757 in the Singles Event, only to be two pins shy of another title. Lindquist won three gold metals at the FIQ (Federation Internationale De Quilleurs) World Tournament event in Panama. In the 1978 event in the Philippines he earned a bronze metal. At the time of his induction, he had won eight Central Bowlers Association (CBA) titles, two Tribune Classic Titles, numerous City and State Titles and had three 299 games to his credit.
Date Inducted: 05/19/1977
Chet bowled in most of the City's top leagues during a bowling career that began in 1935. His high game was 288 with a high series of 726 and a season high average of 199. He was a member of the Minneapolis City Tournament Team Champions in 1956 and finished second in the Singles Event in 1973. Chet was a member of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association Board of Directors from 1958 to 1967. He also served as Vice President and President. Chet attended approximately 18 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments and was a delegate from Minneapolis to a half dozen conventions.
Pete has a long history in the game of bowling that dates back to 1920 at Uptown and Bryant-Lake Lanes. He teamed with Jimmy Dolan (HOF 1964), and he averaged 200 back when 200 was mighty tough to come by. He won the Minnesota State Tournament Singles Event in 1946. He also bowled on a Minneapolis City Tournament Team Championship in 1951.
Bud started bowling at the age of 14 and was encouraged to bowl by his father. He set pins at Goodin Lanes and Ascension Lanes. He also bowled at these lanes. His early role models were Bill Harich and Wally Smith. He admired Bill Harich as he was shot in the war and had a bad hip and limped, but put this aside to be "one of the best" in the post war era. Bud's most memorable bowling event was winning the Big Ten Team Title at the University of Minnesota in the early 1950's. Bud has bowled in all the top leagues in the Minneapolis area and has the distinction of having the high average in every league in which he bowled. They are: Pot of Gold, Minneapolis Classic and the Minneapolis BPA Traveling League. His most interesting sponsor was Cy's Menswear. His highest game was 299 and high series was 794. His high season average was 212. He was a member of the Minneapolis City Tournament Doubles Champion twice, twice a team champion, and a member of the All-Events Team Championship three times. He went on to win the Singles Title by two pins with the help of the last 10 in a row at Garden Center in Alexandria, Minnesota in 1988.
Date Inducted: 05/20/1976
Jim was great competition. He was a charter member of the Traveling League. He was the Minneapolis City Tournament All-Events Champion three times, a member of the Minneapolis City Tournament doubles twice and a member of the team championship three times. He also was a member of two Minnesota State title teams. One of those was in 1956 when he bowled with Air-Flo Shirts.
Dick started bowling before there was a junior program, joining and adult church league team at the age of 15. After a two year stint in the Navy, Dick returned to bowling at the straight away level including the Baden Classic, the Minneapolis All-Star, the Minneapolis Traveling League, the Twin Cities Masters and the Minnesota Masters. He was a member of the Minnesota State Tournament Doubles Event two times (1972 and 1974). In 1968, he was a member of the Team Event Champions at the Minneapolis City Tournament. Dick wrote a well-read bowling column for the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune for twelve years and was Chairman of the Minneapolis Tribune Bowling Classic for several years. Dick also served in public relations for the Minneapolis Bowling Proprietors Association and contributed many articles on bowling over the years. Halversen was awarded the Minneapolis Bowling Proprietors annual "Tell Him So Award" in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to the sport. Dick retired from bowling after the 1981 ABC National tournament in Memphis, Tennessee where he finished his career on a high note with a 1,934 pin fall in All Events including a 279 game in the team event.
Date Inducted: 05/22/1975
Bob didn't start bowling until he was 23 years old. He started in 1950-51 at Loring-Nicollet Lanes. Since then he has created an impressive list of accomplishments. Bob is still known as the most consistent bowler in Minneapolis history. He won his first American Bowling Congress National Title in 1965 when he was part of the team all-events held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bob represented the United States in the FIQ (Federation Internationale De Quilleurs) World Tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1971. He won 2 gold medals. He broke the eight-game singles record when he shot 1778. In 1970 he was in the spotlight when his Hamm's Beer team won the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee. The 1972 American Bowling Congress National Tournament team event provided another title for the Hamm's Beer team. Bob also represented the United States in the FIQ (Federation Internationale De Quilleurs) World Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela in 1973. Bob won a silver and bronze metals. At the time of his induction, Bob had already won six of his eleven total Central Bowler Alliance (CBA) Titles. They were in: September 1982, May 1973, September 1973, October 1973, October 1974 and January 1975. He has carried an average over 200 since 1958, only six-years after taking up the sport. At the time of his induction, he had four sanctioned 300 games along with a high series of 803 and a high end of year average of 212.
Hommes started bowling when he was 35 years old. Augie is better known for his coaching ability as a junior coach and instructor. Back a few years ago, he was better known for his bowling ability. He averaged over 200 for seven straight years, with 207 being his best. His high series was 757 with two 299 games to his credit. Augie was President of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association in 1959.
Date Inducted: 05/01/1974
Larry is well remembered by outstanding bowlers of his time. He started bowling as a youngster in North Minneapolis. He was an excellent teacher and devoted much of his time and efforts to junior bowling while a proprietor at E-Z lanes. Youngsters knew him as "Tootsie Roll" man. Make a tough spare and Larry may have handed the youngster a piece of candy. Larry was tall, friendly and possessed a bubbling personality. He didn't limit himself to bowling. He was civic minded and participated in many extra curricular activities as an ambassador of bowling. Larry was President of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association, City Bowling Proprietors, and also secretary for them. His highest average was 196. Bowlers used to gather for a spare tournament at Audi-Bowl. Mammen was one of the best spare bowlers in the City's history and won the tournament many times.
John was prominent in bowling for 40 plus years. He usually bowled in the leadoff position because he had the knack of "finding" the lanes quickly. His high average was 204 and he had numerous 700 series. He competed in 18 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments. John was also active as a board member on the Minneapolis District Bowling Association and the Minnesota State Boards. Thon has one 300 game (6/11/59) to his credit and one Minneapolis City Tournament title by winning the All-Events Title in 1947.
Date Inducted: 04/24/1973
Tom was associated with every phase of bowling during a career that spanned over 33 years. In 1946 he became manager of Lincoln Lanes and eventually leased the lanes. He was a proprietor until 1968. He has a long history of administration within bowling proprietors' organizations. He served as Executive Secretary of the Minnesota BPAA (Bowling Proprietors Association of America), City secretary, and he helped form both the Junior Board of Control and the Minnesota Bowling Council. Nationally, he served on the executive board of the BPAA (Bowling Proprietors Association of America). Tom played a big part in bringing the National All-Star Tournament to Minneapolis in 1958. This was the first time this event was held outside Chicago. Trainer also played a part in bringing the American Bowling Congress National Tournament to St. Paul in 1951.
Date Inducted: 05/25/1972
Rhea was still bowling when he was 74. He averaged over 200 for many years and his best game was 299. He contributed 691 for the Northland Milk team, which set an all-time City League series of 3,300 prior to 1930. Ward was a charter member of the City League, which started in 1912. According to Melancon, you always knew when Rhea bowled. He was the white-haired guy with the high back swing. He was a great inspiration to his teammates; they never seemed to give up even if they were 200 pins down toward game's end.
Melancon started bowling at the age of 16 on the lanes at St. Bonifacius Catholic Church. It was not until the 1930's that he broke into big time bowling. Al used to watch City League bowlers at Central Lanes. His bowling idols were Einar Wick, Jess Young and Leo Mueller. One night he had the opportunity to fill in. The night he did he had 203, 267, and 290 for a 760 series. He was a regular member of the City and other top leagues after that. Melancon was the lead off man for several championship teams. In 1942 he won the Minneapolis City Tournament Doubles Event. His biggest thrill came when he shot 1,903 for nine games at the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in St. Paul.
Date Inducted: 05/20/1971
Finke was an outstanding administrator. He served as secretary of the Minnesota Men's Association and as the Executive Secretary - Treasurer of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association. Dick was also very active in the Junior ABC program working with the youth bowlers. He bowled in the same Merchant League he helped form many years ago. His high average was 188, with his best game being 289. The Minnesota State Bowling Proprietors recognized him by receiving their highest honor: the "Tell 'Em So Award".
Bill captained the competitive Grain Belt Beer team for 13 years and was very active in forming leagues such as the Traveling League. For many years he conducted the All-Star eliminations for the BPAA (Bowling Proprietors Association of America). His highest average was 205 and he was a member of the Minneapolis City Tournament team champions seven times. He also paired with Roger Hathaway to capture the Doubles Event Title in 1979 with a 1,319-combined total. He also had one All-Events Title. Drouches had a high game of 288, a 759 series, and eleven unsanctioned 300 games.
Leo had the most effortless delivery of any bowler according to Andre Turgeon (HOF 1971). In his day, he was considered the Babe Ruth of bowling. Mueller was a 205 average bowler when the pins were hard to knock down. In 1925 Leo teamed with Chas. Wolf to capture the doubles title in the IBA (International Bowling Association) with a 1278. In 1930, Leo won the doubles title with Jess Young (HOF 1964) with a record setting 1441 in the IBA. That same year, Leo captured the All-Events title with 710, 726 and 591 for a 2027 total.
Glen started bowling in Jackson Minnesota in 1946 at the age of 15 and started competition in the Twin City area in 1954. Glen owned Gopher Bowling Supply for 16 years. Glen bowled in the original ABC Masters in 1951. Olson averaged 205 for his 12 Masters games, which wound up being the highest average of the tournament. Bowling out of the losers bracket, he was eliminated by the great Junie McMahon. He won his spot by winning the Southern Minnesota Qualifier, averaging over 200 for 16 games. Olson was a member of the Brunswick Advisory Staff from 1959-62. Glen was Captain of the Hamm's Beer team that captured the 1970 and 1972 American Bowling Congress National Tournament Team Championship Title, shooting a 3,242 series and 3,101 respectively. He was a member of the 1965 Hamm's Beer team that won the American Bowling Congress National Tournament All-Events with 9,053. In addition, he was a member of two other American Bowling Congress teams, finishing in second place, (1955 with Hotel Spaniol and 1965 with Hamm's Beer) and another two, that finished in fourth place (1956 with Air-Flo and 1959 with Hamms Beer). Glen was the first bowler to bowl a 700 series in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament when he had 711 in the Doubles Event in 1951. The first to congratulate Glen was the late Joe Norris and they were close friends ever after that. He averaged 196 for 40 games in the Masters Tournament. In the BPAA All Star Tournament, he averaged 196 for 60 games and for 72 games in the World's Invitational he averaged 199. Glen was a member of a Minnesota State Championship team in 1956 and won the Doubles Event Title teaming with Bob Strampe in 1957. He won the Northwest Tournament all events in 1960. He looked up to Ned Day, Joe Wilman and Dick Webber. The one person that stands out is Virg Carlson. Virg invited him to the Twin Cities and was instrumental in obtaining his job at Uptown Lanes. Olson was a member of the 1961-62 Twin Cities Skippers, which was part of a National Bowling Traveling League. Olson has a total of 5 - 300 games, his best series is 783 and 212 is his highest end of year average.
Turgeon bowled with great teams like the St. Paul House, Goodins, and Superior Dairies. The Goodins, especially, won league championships with monotonous regularity. Soup, bowled for 46 years with a two-fingered ball. His highest average was 207 and his first 700 series was his best, 769. In addition, he once ran 17 straight strikes but no 300 game. He had three counts of 290 as his best. His St. Paul House team finished fifth in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament.
Date Inducted: 05/01/1970
Mr. Dech had the reputation of being one of the outstanding bowling captains in city history. He led such outstanding teams as The Minneapolis Star, Blue Moons and Wheaties, both as captain and a bowler. Carl had four 300 games and two of which were sanctioned. One of those 300's figured in his highest series, 790. His games were 235-300-255. He also had a half-dozen series over 760. He was known as the "Lou Gehrig" of bowling. Gehrig played first base for the N.Y. Yankees for 2,130 consecutive games. Dech bowled 2,184 games without missing one league appearance. He averaged a composite of 194 for 21 years. In 1941, at the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in St. Paul, he shot 606 and his doubles partner, Roy Thompson (HOF 1986) had 715, for a 1,321 series, eventually finishing in third place. He also authored a stepladder series in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in Columbus, Ohio where his counts were 613-614-615.
Cumming, an executive with Greyhound Lines, was nationally known for two other sports in addition to bowling. He was an outstanding fast pitch softball pitcher and one of the country's better horseshoe throwers. He is also in the Minnesota Horseshoe Hall of Fame. In bowling he excelled from the age of 12, when he started at the extinct Court Chamber Lanes where his parents bowled. Cumming really started bowling at the age of 16 and progressively advanced to higher leagues. At 21, he was one of the youngest bowlers ever to compete in the Minneapolis City Tournament. The highlight of his career came in 1937 in the Interstate Tournament at Sioux City. Bowling across six lanes and against new pins, he bowled an 803 on games of 270-278-255. He started stringing strikes in the 4th frame of the first game and rolled 18 straight. He has one 300 game to his credit and a memorable one at that. It was in the Minnesota State Tournament at St. Cloud in 1945, the first perfect game in St. Cloud's history. Cumming had more than 35 series over 700 with his high being 773. Twice he won the Minnesota State All-Events Titles, twice shared in Doubles Championships, and in 1947 he won the Singles Title with a 687. Among his other titles include a 5th place team finish when his team, Murphy Truckers, had 3,026 in the 1951 American Bowling Congress National Tournament.
Bill started bowling in 1914 and was one of the outstanding team members in local history. Unselfish, consistent in his ability as a 'clutch' bowler, he carried averages in the 200's in his day. At the time of his induction, he had one of the highest series ever bowled by a Minnesotan in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament. Shooting with Cumming in the doubles in 1942 he fired 225-221-279 for a 725. The pair eventually finished 7th with 1,292 and Kites had an all-events count of 1,870.
Date Inducted: 05/22/1969
Bill overcame a crippling sniper bullet wound during World War II to become, during a span of ten years, one of the outstanding bowlers in the area and a 200 average bowler. He had a high average of 210 for one season. He also had the distinction of bowling 700 series for 3, 4 and 5 step deliveries as he had to experiment with many deliveries to relieve the strain on his leg. Bill competed in the first Masters Tournament sponsored by the American Bowling Congress. Four times he was the Minnesota entry in the National All-Star Bowling Championships.
Date Inducted: 05/20/1969
Clouse was never known by anything except "Shorty." He bordered three categories used for selection at the time he was inducted. As a bowler, he started in 1924. He waited until 1940 for his first 700 series, 704. As a competitor, he was a member of the Minnesota State Team Champion in 1950, contributing 660. In 1945 he had the highest single game of 299 in the Tribune Classic. As a proprietor, he built Bryant-Lake Lanes in 1939, and sold it in 1945 and moved to Melody Lanes owned by Merrill Madsen until its sale in 1957. At Melody, Clouse was one of the organizers of the All-Star League, which demanded a high average in order to qualify. He and Madsen were among those responsible for qualifying bowlers for the National All-Star Tournament. There was a time when financial obligations to the winning bowlers were not fulfilled; Shorty saw there was no deficit. He was not only interested in his establishment, but Shorty did much to further the progress bowling made during his career.
Date Inducted: 05/23/1968
Bill qualified from all facets of bowling. He has been President of both the Minnesota and Minneapolis Bowling Proprietor's Associations. He has one sanctioned 300 game, two others in exhibition, 13 in all. His league high series was 781 and he once shot an 857 series. Bill was with the State champions three times, and with the City's best team twice. He won the Minnesota State Tournament Singles Event in 1961 with a 699 series and shared in the Doubles Title with Clyde Hobbs in 1965. Bill was part of the Minneapolis City Tournament doubles pair, winning back-to-back years in 1957 and 1958. In 1957 he won with Jim Whalen (HOF 1967) and in 1958 he won with Jerry Peterson (HOF 1986).
Andy was a 200 average bowler for many years and he had one sanctioned 300 game. He competed in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament for 30 years. At one time, his team held the IBA (International Bowling Association) Tournament record of 3,204. They shot this score in 1928 under the sponsorship of Andrews Hotel. He was a member of the M & St. L Team that won the National Industrial honors. If three words were used to best describe Andy, they'd be in the team language, Good, Steady, Dependable according to his teammates.
Kenny was an outstanding bowler for many years. He was part of the Goodin Team that won 13 championships over 19 years. He had two sanctioned 300's and was a main spring with the Goodin's, St. Paul House and other outstanding teams. He averaged as high as 216 and for over ten years he was better than 200. His top series of 783 was shot at Central Lanes.
Date Inducted: 06/06/1967
The owner of Little Jack's Restaurant only stood 5 ft. 4 inches. He started bowling when he was 28 and he fit into both categories of bowling, Meritorious Service and Superior Performance, as he was a good bowler and he sponsored between 20 to 35 team sponsorships a year. He had an intense interest in bowling and practiced many games a day at the old Central Lanes. Anytime you went to Little Jack's Restaurant, you would probably find him discussing bowling with someone and promising to sponsor another team. He was also a league bowler and was close to a 200 average in his best days. He once topped 703 series, which soothed the lower scores he usually achieved. He was one of the biggest boosters and supporters of bowling.
Fred was one of the old-time bowlers who were honored not because he was an outstanding bowler, but because he was one of the best company sponsors for many years. He was associated with the B.F. Nelson Co. for fifty-two years and through that company did much to promote and sponsor bowling. His own highest average for any season was a 192, but his composite average for forty years was 184. Fred's highest game was 289 and he won the Minnesota State All-Events Championship in 1932. He teamed with Hardy Feichtinger to place in the top ten of the American Bowling Congress National Tournament Doubles Event with a 1,223 total.
Jim was one of the first younger bowlers honored for his outstanding bowling ability. He started bowling at the age of 14 and was encouraged by both parents to bowl. In just 22 years, his record reverts to the line of "how well can he bowl." He had an average neighboring 200 for a number of years, with a high of 208. He posted a 300 in 1960 and he had nearly one hundred 700 series. The highest of 793 was bowled on Championship Bowling on television. His championships include the Tribune Classic, the St. Paul Classic, the 1957 Minneapolis City Tournament Doubles with Bill Baden (HOF 1968), the 1967 Minneapolis City Tournament All-Events Champion, and was a member of the 620 Club Team that placed third in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in 1955 with a 3,047. Jim was a great sweeper bowler. Two things interrupted his bowling; the Korean War and an auto accident that fashioned a scar from his elbow to his shoulder in his right arm. Connie Schwogler was the one that gave Jim the best bowling tip and he drilled his first finger tip ball for him in 1948. Bill Baden (HOF 1968) drilled the rest of them. Jim claims to have had only 6 bowling balls in his 50 years of competition.
Date Inducted: 05/24/1966
Chris spent 65 years of his life bowling. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association in 1942, and in 1950 was elected President of the Association. He did outstanding work in organizing leagues, junior bowlers and his work as secretary of 'innumerable' leagues during his career. His high average was 196; his high series was 728. Chris had many games in the 290's but never had a 300 game. Chris organized the first 65-year-and-over league in the City of Minneapolis. He bowled in the first Minneapolis City Tournament in 1914 and participated in at least 52 tournaments.
Hal started bowling in 1926 and was part of two Minneapolis City Tournament Championships, Hal teamed with Al Sienka to capture the Doubles Title in 1952, and was part of the Normandy team that won the Team Event Title in 1955. He was President of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association twice (1956 and 1957) and was President of the State Association in 1961. In 1963 Hal was elected Treasurer of the Minnesota State Association and in 1967 he was elected Secretary of the Minnesota State Association. He was also a member of the Tribune Classic Board. In 1953 he received the Town Topper Award from the Chamber of Commerce.
Clar was a bowler in league competition for 40 years. He held three Minneapolis City Tournament titles. He averaged over 200 in sanctioned competition for a number of seasons (including 200 or better in each of four leagues during 1946), with a high of 207 one year at Robinsdale Lanes. He had seven 700 series in one season. He was an organizer of several leagues, including the Senior League and was considered one of the outstanding bowling proprietors in Minnesota as owner of Audi-Bowl. Clar achieved a career high 300 game in the 1965-1966 season.
Art started bowling in 1902 at the old Conrad Alleys when he was 17 years old. Since that time bowling was a very important part of his life. In 1936 he became Secretary of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association and a member of the Tribune Classic Board. He often referred to the associations as his "labor of love". He was either a secretary or treasurer of almost every league he bowled in. Art bowled a 708 and a high game of 289 single game. His bowling average was in the 190's.
Date Inducted: 04/24/1966
Bill served as Past President of the National Bowling Writers, Minnesota Bowling Council, Minneapolis District Bowling Association and State Association. He was State Association secretary for nine years building tournament entries from 350 teams to over 800. Bill was honored nationally as Writer of the Year for the 1958-59 season. He served as Chairperson on the American Bowling Congress Veterans Division of the Hall of Fame. Bill was an average bowler, averaging in the 180's. He has two Minnesota State Championship titles, one in Doubles with Ed Mady in 1942 where they combined for a total of 1,232, and a Team Event Title with Casey Hoban's team in 1949 He was the sixth man with the third place American Bowling Congress National Tournament team and a member of the 620 Club Team in 1955. Bill wrote about bowling for over 30 years and was a champion of his writers' group in 1951.
Date Inducted: 05/18/1965
John started his bowling career at the Ascension Club in 1916 after setting pins in the club for four years. In 1937 he was elected Secretary of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association and remained in that position for 30 years. In 1951 he was appointed an American Bowling Congress Director for this area and served on the National Executive Board. He was noted for his organizational ability. Under his leadership, the Minneapolis District Bowling Association grew from 72 sanctioned leagues in 1936 to 1,100 leagues during the 1964-65 season. He also built the Minneapolis City Tournament from 33 teams in 1935 to as many as 1,050 teams. His high series was 716 in 1936 when 700's were very hard to come by.
Herb started bowling in Wisconsin in 1922. He devoted most of his 71 years to advance the sport of bowling. He served on the Minneapolis District Bowling Association Board from 1939 to 1965. He was President in 1946, Secretary of the Minnesota State Association from 1945-48, and Treasurer from 1954-1963. Locally, he was a member of the Northeast Merchants League for 31 years. He was a member of City and State Championship teams.
John started bowling in 1917 in the Transportation League. He had one-sanctioned 300 on March 1, 1929 and one 299. When he won the IBA (International Bowling Association) Tournament it was with a record 1,974 total. He had been a Minnesota State All-Events winner and had competed in 23 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments. Considered an outstanding bowler for over 30 years, Guzy had another notable trait. He sought out, helped and placed on better teams many of the young bowlers who later became the outstanding bowlers of their era.
Jim was among the early bowling pioneers. As a Director of the once famous IBA (International Bowling Association), President of the City League and during his tenure as President of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association, he helped build a strong bowling foundation.
Les started bowling in 1925. Six years later, he set a record 746 in the IBA (International Bowling Association) singles event. In 1938 he won the Minneapolis City Tournament Singles event (724) and All-Events with 1,975, a record high until 1960. In 1939 his 214 average made him the City of Minneapolis' top bowler. During the 1937-39 season, he led the City League with the high average. Amazingly, he almost duplicated that in the Classic League in 1965, but his high average of 208 was second to Bud Johnson's high. Reisberg had two 300's bowled 25 years apart (1939 thru 1964). In 1941 in St. Paul, Les had a 662 in the team event in the American Bowling Congress National Tournament when St. Paul House fired a 3,027 series.
Date Inducted: 04/18/1965
He started in 1919 at the YMCA. His career saw a 200 average, two 300 games and between the years 1926-36 a composite average of 208. He competed in over 33 American Bowling Congress National Tournaments. Holder of many tournament titles, he secured first place in every division of the Minneapolis City Tournament, including being a member of team champions eight times. In the Minnesota State Tournament he won two Singles Titles, one in 1952 and the second in 1955, an All-Events title in 1952, and shared in a Team Event championship in 1936.
Date Inducted: 05/27/1964
Jim was the first member to be chosen to the Hall of Fame. He was known as "Mr. Bowling" in the Minneapolis area. Jim spent most of his life bowling or aiding bowling. He came to the Minneapolis area from Chicago in 1908 and was the first one in this part of the country to throw a hook ball. In 1909, Jim won the singles event in the International Bowling Association with a 636. He was a nationally recognized bowler until a shoulder injury in 1928 made him give up as an active participant. In 1933, Jim was the Third Vice President of the International Bowling Association. He continued his activity in bowling as a proprietor until the 1940's. He was one of the first three local bowlers to hold a 200 average for a whole season and had a record 773 in 1918, which held for ten years. Jim was manager of the billiard room at the Minneapolis Club in 1964.
Jess was an outstanding bowler and instructor for over 50 years until his death in 1959. He bowled in the Classic league from 1915 to 1953 and he had 65 sanctioned 700 counts and 2 sanctioned 300 games. They were on April 4, 1934 and March 22, 1938. He averaged between 200 and 208 throughout most of his bowling career. He teamed with Leo Mueller (HOF 1971) to set a doubles record in 1930 with a 1,441 in the IBA Tournament (International Bowling Association).
Stan posted his first 300 game on November 7, 1947 at Robin Lanes and his second was on March 18, 1965. He has had 39 - 700 series. He bowled with the Goodin Company and St. Paul House teams for 21 years. Stan had the league high average in the All-Star league for 6 years and in the City league for 7 years. In the 1963-64 season, at the age of 61 Stan carried a 200 average in two leagues at Audi-Bowl and was considered an outstanding bowler. For the 1964-65 season, his final averages in his three leagues were 211, 204 and 197. The first two leagues were at Audi-Bowl and the last one was at Holy Cross Lanes. He continued bowling up to and including the 1971-72 season. He was usually in two or three leagues a week.
Jim came to the Minneapolis area in 1900. He started bowling with a wooden ball and was great in match play competition in the days when matches were bowled on one or two lanes. He bowled the first 300 at the Minneapolis Athletic Club and he had the first 700 series in the singles event in the history of the City Tournament. He carried a lifetime bowling average of 200. In the First Annual Minneapolis City Tournament in 1914, he had a 665 series in the singles event for a second place finish. He led the field for All-Events with a 1,868, claiming the $10.00 first place prize. Jim was part of the winning team in the Second Annual Minneapolis City Tournament in 1915. He had games of 201, 167, 225.
Edward bowled in the first American Bowling Congress National Tournament in Chicago in 1901. His team, The Standard Bowling Club, won the team championship that year with a 2,720 total. The tournament was staged on six lanes installed in the Welsbach Building in downtown Chicago. There were 41 teams that competed between January 8 - January 11. He came to the Minneapolis area in 1905 and founded the first handicapped league. He wrote the first bowling column for Minneapolis entitled "Alley Rumblings" in the "Minneapolis Tribune". His column started many new expressions that "dressed up" bowling writing. Dad was a National ABC Director from 1909 to 1913.