John H. Dorek

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.

Born: 
08/05/1926
Date Inducted: 
05/01/1981
Passed: 
12/24/2015
Induction Category: 
Meritorious Service
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Hall of Fame Category: 
Mens' ABC Hall of Fame