Roger 'Rog' W. Blad
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.