Leo F. Mann

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.

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Superior Performance - Veteran
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Mens' ABC Hall of Fame