James 'Jim' M. Collier Sr

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.

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Meritorious Service
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Mens' ABC Hall of Fame