Steven 'Steve' D. Smith

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.

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Induction Category: 
Superior Performance - Active
Hall of Fame Category: 
Mens' ABC Hall of Fame