All of the Hall of Fame members under Competitive
Ability are listed below,
click on their names to read about their accomplishments.
The ideal combination of personality and performance makes Marcelle Aiken the best know woman candlepin bowler internationally.
For almost 35 years, the Belchertown Mass., resident has been giving exhibitions from Canada to South Dakota as a member of the Bowl-Mor Advisory Staff.
Lending weight to her informative lectures and demonstrations is a sparkling record. Competitive credits include All Events and World champion three years, world doubles title team member in 1961, '62 and '65, mixed doubles team member in '62, and singles champion. She's also placed second or third individually seven times.
Marcelle has been Massachusetts champion nine times, and ten times finished either second or third.
She twice was WCBC Bowler of the year, and graced the Massachusetts TV bowling shows 20 times.
A tremendous competitor, she's particularly adept at converting the spare opportunity. That unique ability kept her in the forefront of title contenders.
Teaching the game has been a natural offshoot. Her courteous manner and simple instruction style has made the game easier to understand and fun for countless converts.
The late Leo Joseph Alford, one of three 1989 Hall of Fame choices for Competitive Ability, demonstrated that rare talent in the most pressure-packed night of his career.
The Allston, Massachusetts, native and South Boston partner Dan Michielutti, the last of 146 teams in the 1954 Record-American-Advertiser's $10,000 National Candlepin championships, closed with a rush for the title.
Their rousing 1213 total at the Huntington Alleys topped Maine's Herb McBride and Ed (Bucka) Beaumier by 62 pins.
Alford was partial to the Huntington lanes. He captured the R.A.A. world championships there in 1949, and two years earlier took the single pin event title by toppling 27 of the 30 pins in a supreme test of accuracy.
Such pin-picking accomplishments enabled him to make an easy if brief transition to the ten-pin field. In his maiden effort at Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1961, after only a 16-week experiment with the big balls, Alford crayoned a winning ten-string 1946 that included high Atlas tournament single of 234.
That same year, he had high Traveler's single of 166 at Wal-lex Lanes, Waltham, Massachusetts.
Candlepin remain his first bowling love. One of 14 children, he was introduced to the sport as a pin setter at Poisior's Lanes, Allston.
He was proprietor of Alford's Lanes, Boston from 1953 to 1955, and of Alford's Fenway Lanes, Mass. Av., Boston, from 1955 to 1965.
Alford married Barbara Crook in 1938. Children are Leo Jr. (Skip); Carol, Sandra (Chickie); Gail and Lauri.
Mrs. Alie Amnott of West Buxton, born in Montreal in 1905, has resided in Rumford, Springvale and Portland.
The 35-year employee of Portland's Holmes, Stickney and Walker Company will feel as comfortable and at home in the Candlepin Hall of Fame as she did while sticking to her shoe job last. She'll be among longtime lane friends and peers.
Mrs. Amnott, 1955 world champion, a year earlier paired with fellow Portlander Al St. Clair for a record total in capturing national mixed doubles title honors in Boston. Their 1,170 shattered by 12 pins a 12-year-old mark.
Bowling success came somewhat late in life for Mrs. Amnott. Bud Cornish, then Portland Sunday Telegram-Express sports editor and a posthumous Hall member for extraordinary game service, labeled her the "Bowling Grandmother" as she wrested the Maine championship from future Hall of Famer Florence McMullen, Skowhegan.
Aptly-named Alie had what might be termed bowling's grand slam in 1955.
In addition to world and state titles, she dethroned city champion Miss Hendrickson, and was with St.Clair state mixed doubles champion. She also finished first in a Maine State Bowling Association Classic.
Mrs. Amnott's successful city title defense string reached a remarkable 11 matches.
Mrs. Amnott and Priscilla Stevens also were city doubles pin queens.
The first president of the Cumberland-York Bowling League several times was its average leader while a member of the Portland Monument Square team, crayoned 144 for a women's lane record at the Portland YWCA as a member of the Industrial League's Holmes, Stickney and Walker combine, and anchored a Cathedral team in the Greater Portland Catholic Church's Women's League.
She has 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The bowling resume of Hugh "Skip" Ayles, Jr. of St. John, New Brunswick speaks volumes on the worthiness of his induction into the International Candlepin Bowling Association Hall of Fame.
For starters, take the record 214 single he rolled in April of 1970. Back then, anything over 150 was considered a masterpiece. Same can be said for his 457 triple. Or his 117.3 average in 1969. Ayles was a bowler of note when lane conditions and wooden pins played a key role in every ball that was rolled.
Seven times, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1984, and 1990 – Ayles was a member of New Brunswick championship teams. And eight times, including six in a row as a member of the Nashwaaksis Red Lanterns, he was a member of Maritime championship teams. Most recently, in 1999 and 2000, he was a member of the Nashwaaksis Red Lanterns teams that won the Maritime Senior Championships.
Throw in countless high average, high single, high triples in league and tournament competition and you understand why he is considered one of the best bowlers in New Brunswick and Maritime history.
One of his greatest triumphs came in 1971 when he posted a record 1359 to win the Charles H. Milan, Sr. Memorial Sweepstakes ant Bangor-Brewer Lanes. That topped the field of 210 competitors and broke the record of 1353 set the year before by the late and fellow ICBA Hall of Famer Fran Onorato.
But it was his 214, still a Maritime record, that he rolled in 1970 that was his greatest individual achievement. On that day, he started with a triple strike, and then added a spare/strike/strike. He closed out the string with four straight spares and a final ball seven fill. He won that particular string in a head-to-head competition by a very comfortable 110 pins.
One of the things that impressed those bowling with Ayles during championship play was not only his competitive ability, but his sportsmanship. Win or lose, he was always among the first to congratulate his opponent.
Now retired, Ayles, soon to be 59, and his wife, Lovina, have three children, Angela, Michael and Kevin.
The ICBA tonight proudly welcomes Hugh "Skip" Ayles into its Hall of Fame.
St. John, NB
Anthony "Tony" Baldinelli
An extremely smooth delivery virtually unchanged in more than three decades carried Tony Baldinelli to the top tier of candlepin competition.
Baldinelli, a resident of Amesbury, Mass., captured world championships at Waltham, Mass., in 1954, Bangor, Me., in 1965, Salem, N.H., in 1972 and Haverhill, Mass., in 1973.
He also won world elimination events in 1957 at Waltham, and 1959 at Lynn, Mass. Baldinelli paired with Hall of Famer Joe Cawlina for the world doubles crown in 1959 and 1960, and spearheaded four straight world team championships.
At the state level, he combined with Marion Maroncelli for the Massachusetts mixed doubles title in 1956, and paired with wife Marge for that honor in 1963. He was a Bay State singles king in 1957, and that year took the New Hampshire Open. He teamed with Cawlina for state doubles titles in 1958 and 1959, and with Bruce Champoux in 1962.
A winner of many sweepstakes and tournaments, and a frequent Massachusetts TV show competitor, Baldinelli annexed the Ross Memorial (New England Classic) in Lawrence Mass., in 1959, 1966 and 1967.
Exhibitions as a Bowl-Mor advisory staff member took him to Japan, Canada, Arizona, New York and Washington.
Baldinelli was WCBC "Bowler of the Year" in 1966 and 1973.
Baldinelli was instrumental in organization of the Pro Bowler Tour.
Although Jim's talents became apparent in 1964 and 1965 when he won the All Events in the Lynn Item Tournament, Jim's professional career was officially launched with his first appearance on Channel Five's Candlepin Bowling 1970. Jim defeated Norm Whipple, before becoming the first victim in fellow inductee Tony Karem's 14 week winning streak.
Through the years, Jim's Channel Five accomplishments were many. He sported and overall record of 13-4, had a 125 overall average, bowled a 466 high triple, threw four consecutive strikes, won a $900 hi-lo jackpot, tossed a 191 high single and lost with a 415 triple! He also threw several other 400 triples on the show and once reigned victorious for eight consecutive weeks.
Apart from Channel Five heroics, Jim hit a 206 in the Friday Night Pro League along with a 460 triple, notched a 1993 State Mixed Team title and emerged as Bowler of the Year in the inaugural season of the Senior Pro Tour in 1995.
Jim started a Cable TV show in Lynn called "King of the Hill" the 100 percent handicap scoring which allowed average bowlers to shine under the lights.
Miss Minnie Barden, the dean of Western New England women bowlers, has brightened the candlepin world for 62 years.
The still-active Agawam, Mass., resident, 82, a game pioneer, organizer and sparkling competitor, first made candlepin history in 1910. She and Blanche Bazata, Westfield, Mass., in 1910 rolled the first public exhibition between women.
The ten-string match began at the Brunswick lanes, Springfield, and was completed at the Bazata lanes, Westfield.
The event won by Minnie, 855-840 had a festive note. About 400 backers of Miss Marden traveled by trolley car to Westfield.
The year 1915 was special for Minnie and bowling. She helped organize the first Western Massachusetts Inter-City League, competed in challenge team matches against Bill Monsey's group in Worcester, Mass., and in such bowling hotbeds as Boston and Fitchburg. That year she also became manager of the women's department (affairs) at Stearns Park Bowling Alleys, Springfield.
Miss Minnie was the star attraction at several singles match exhibitions high-lighting opening of many lanes in the early 1900's. Prizes were either flowers or jewelry.
Fame was not without drawback. A 1916 news item announced that women who bowl the best three strings each day at Smith's alleys would receive a box of chocolates. Pointedly added was, "Miss Minnie Barden is barred."
Discriminatory tribute to her pin prowess didn't bother Miss Minnie. That was her home base in the 1920's. She bowled at least one string daily there and sometimes stretched this to 20 or 30 strings.
Her average as high as 86 before World War I, with the original "skinnier" pins, climbed to the low 90s in the 1920-1940 period, then soared to 100. Personal highs are 139 single, in 1923, and 350 triple, in 1943. She bowls cross alley.
She's seen much improvement in the game and its surroundings since the sex-separating "iron curtains" were tossed on the lanes' scrap heaps.
The price for three strings when Miss Barden began bowling was $.25.
More than most, Minnie is aware of the dollar dilemma. She was Agawam post-master from 1934 to 1939, and assistant town clerk there from 1941 to 1961.
Like the Chiminiellos of Quincy, the Bazatas of Westfield, Mass., brought competitive class to candlepins.
The late Art Bazata, first of his family to enter the Bowling Hall of Fame for game proficiency, rolled countless purse matches with top New England bowlers in the '20s and '30s. Willingness to put both money and reputation on the line were then accepted standards of stardom.
Forged under intense financial fire, Bazata's match mettle merited the "King of the Bowlers" title in Westfield and other Bay State bases.
Unfortunately , Bazata's dominion didn't include all of Maine.
In 1937, Ralph Pearson of Portland and Bazata met at the Professional Alleys, Westfield, for the New England championship AND a $4,000 purse.
Bazata led until the last two strings, when Pearson threw a sparkling 169, Bazata a disastrous 90. Pearson repeated his triumph in Maine for a more modest $2,500 prize pot.
Under the "If You Can't Lick 'Em, Join 'Em" philosophy, Bazata moved to Maine in 1941. He owned and operated lanes in Old Town, and in 1943 won the Maine candlepin crown.
Bazata's cross-alley ball produced a 459 record on maple pins and, in 1928, an amazing 113 first half average en route to a standout 110 seasonal average.
Purse victims of the Western New England champion included Hall of Famers Joe Bonigli, Boston, Dom (Musky) Muscolo, Springfield, and Johnny Tagg, Worcester.
Bazata and partner John (Lefty) Mitchell were New England doubles kings. Victims from the Boston alley arena included Hall of Famers Arch Walsh and Jim Olindy, and peerless Paul Poehler and Red Mitchell.
Bazata was for many years president of the premier Western Mass. Pro Bowling League, and many times was the league's average leader.
Bazata's father, Oldrich, Sr., in 1896 established Massachusetts first Pro League with bottlepins. The league was converted to candlepins in 1900.
Oldrich, Sr. was a few years ahead of ladies' liberation. He promoted women's bowling at the turn of the century, and a mixed Bazata combine (Oldrich Sr. and children Oldrich Jr., Charles, Art, Ann and Blanche) bowled in men's leagues from the early 1900s to the Roaring Twenties. In 1910 Blanche bowled an exhibition match with Hall immortal Minnie Barden, Agawam, to mark opening of the senior Bazata's lanes.
The gals have come a long way, baby, since that rare distaff duel.
Don Beaupre, Manchester, is the ideal New Hampshire "leadoff" entry into the Candlepin Hall of Fame.
"Bowler of the Year" in 1965 and 1967, and world tournament all-events champion in 1965 and 1966, Beaupre in 1968 at the Big 20 Lanes, Scarborough, Maine, boosted the world ten-string tourney record to 1,367 for his second world singles title. His first came in 1963 at Hall of Famer Ted Jones' Lawrence, Mass. Recreation Center.
His title prominence hasn't been confined to world lane action. Beaupre three times was New Hampshire champion, five times Manchester city kingpin, and N.H. doubles champion with both Vic Tetreault and Ben Grenon.
Beaupre has appeared on Channel 5's Championship Bowling Show five times, has been on the Maine - New Hampshire TV network show three times, and competed on a show originating in Worcester, Mass.
During Beaupre's great candlepin years, he was always considered the man to beat in whatever event he entered.
He won World Championships at every level. Besides his single crown, Don also was a member of Championship doubles teams, and mixed doubles. Competition breeds courage and that Beaupre has plenty of.
It was only a matter of time before Paul Berger found himself an inductee into the International Candlepin Bowling Congress Hall of Fame; his career has been long and successful.
That career began way back when Berger was an 11-year-old from Natick competing on Channel 5’s “Winning Pins” and has been highlighted by a 220 single, 500 triple and a 131 average. Throw in a 784 high five and a 1,368 high 10, and you see why Berger is an obvious choice for induction into the ICBA Hall of Fame.
Berger graduated from “Winning Pins” to the Channel 5 adult show, on which he made an estimated 63 appearances. He’s also been on Channel 50 more than 20 times and was that show’s champion eight of nine years. Berger’s made another dozen or so appearances on Channel 27. On those shows, he didn’t beat run-of-the-mill competition, either. He beat the likes of men named Rosario Lechiara, Tom Olszta, Peter Flynn, Tom Morgan, John Miller, Jeff Atkins, Steve Renaud and Dick O’Connell- no lightweights there!
Five times he qualified for Channel 5’s True Value Championship—finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. He won the top $10,000 prize in 1992, when he beat Olszta 290-239, in the two string step-ladder finals.
Just weeks earlier, Berger left an indelible mark on the candlepin world when he bowled strings of 158-149 and 193 for a 500. It came on candlepin’s biggest stage, too—on the Channel 5 show—against Dave Richards. It was the highest three-string total rolled in the show’s history, which spanned from 1958-1996, and consistently topped the ratings for number of viewers.
His opening string of 158 that day featured two strikes and five spares. His 149 second string also combined two strikes and five spares. But those strings were just a prelude to his sizzling third string. He started with a strike-spare and seven fill and was 37 after two boxes. Then, after an open box of nine, he reeled off seven straight marks, including four strikes, for his 193 and 500.
Tonight, the ICBA Hall of Fame opens its door to
Berger; it’s an honor well-deserved.
Herb Berman's 24 tournament victories from 1959 through 1965 ended on a high note. In that final year, the Dorchester, Mass. resident notched 8 wins. All 10-string totals topped 1300... an incredible feat in that era.
Small wonder that his standing challenge in Candlepin Bowlers Magazine to meet anyone, anywhere went unanswered for 2 years. Berman exhausted match competition for 3 years.
Game resurgence in the mid-60's gave him opportunities to match strike and spares with Massachusetts stars Charlie Jutras and Fran Onorato and Bangor, Maine ace Charlie Milan III.
Berman is one of three men to win the Record American national tournament twice. He triumphed in 1960 and again in 1962 with a record 1248. He captured the Bay State singles crown at Natick with a record 1334 enroute to all-events honors.
Other titles included Boston Globe with 1324 (94 pins better than runner-up), and doubles wins in Pepsi-Cola, Lynn, and Huntington, State and Fenway Lanes, all Boston. His 1318 in the 1965 Fenway test marked the first 1300-plus there.
Berman annexed the Inter-City elimination championship at Beverly, Mass. and Jack Cowans, Concord and Green Ridge, New Hampshire Farms tournaments.
In the 1961-65 period, Berman paired with Al Crayton, Bill Murphy and Jerry Diveechia for state doubles laurels. He was also a member of 2 state title teams.
Twenty years after crashing the game's top tier, Berman burst back into the elite with a second in the 1985 worlds singles.
The certified bowling instructor based at Dorchester's Lucky Strike Lanes admits some less-than-glittering moments in an otherwise sparkling career. Call it camera jitters or stage fright, but Berman dropped 11 of 17 matches on Greater Boston bowling shows.
He still rolls 40 strings weekly, averaging 122.
Widower Berman's children range in age from 26 to 39.
Roland J. Blondin
"Roland Blondin was one of the greatest money match bowlers ever to play the game". The authority for that statment was Bob Fouracre, host of "Bay State Bowling" from 1970 through 1981. On Worcester's Channel 27 TV show, Blondin set a two string record of 318 that stood for nine years. Added Fouracre: " Not only was Rollie a superlative bowler, but he was always a gentleman and a credit to the sport.
Blondin made 16 appearances on Candlepin Bowling, Channel 5, Boston, had a 12-4 record on the Candlepin Bowling Show, and was 1960-1961 ruler in the Champion of Champion Show.
Blondin notched a world record 1,370 ten strings during a 1961 sweepstakes at East Brookfield, and the next year tallied a lane record 1,300 while winning the Naylor Sweepstakes at Thunderbird Bowl, Auburn Massachusetts.
One year, Blondin rolled in five leagues. League accomplishments included a 475 triple record in 1969, high single and high triple in 1962, and individual high averages in 1959 and 1960.
Blondin was especially effective in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Classics. At 16, he was the youngest ever to qualify for this event, and triumphed in 1960, 1961 and 1963. He placed second in 1962, and made the finals 10 of 12 years. He was the only bowler to win successive titles, and the only roller to win three titles. He has the most wins in this tournament.
Bonigli could have been tossing the caber or curling instead of blazing a remarkable bowling record. The Glasgow, Scotland native was introduced to candlepins at age 16 as a pinsetter in Boston two years after arriving in the U.S. Bonigli was world champion 13 years and unbeaten in 34 sweepstakes matches. His personal pin marks included 189 high single, 458 high triple, 115-plus high average and 1,243 high ten game.
Charles "Charlie" Burns
Portland, Maine - Charlie Burns was launched down the lane road in 1917 by the late Archie Walsh, Mattapan, Mass.
The charter Hall of Famer, who summered in Saint John, N.B., in 1917 started the Canadian youngster on the strikes-and-spares path.
Burns moved to Portland, a bowling hotbed, in 1923, captured the Maine title in 1936, added the city crown, and in 1939 bumped the ten string record to 1,301.
Burns was active in Massachusetts candlepin circles from 1941 to 1969. Now retired he resides in Lake Worth, Fla.
The 1,301 stood until 1960. The advent of plastic pins triggered a strong scoring breakthrough. First to eclipse Burns' total was 12-time Maine champion Charles Milan III. The Brewer resident boosted his 1,380 high in 1960 to the game's current mark 1,467 in 1963.
From 1923 to 1941, Burns was associated with Portland's Bowlodrome.
Burns transferred his bowling base to Salem, Mass., in 1941, and for more than a decade starred with Mike Gangi's Twentieth Century team. That quintet, which included Hall of Famer Emil Chiminello of Quincy, boosted the Greater Boston Intercity League team record total to 1,725. Burns set the scoring pace with a 396 triple.
Burns, who captured a 185 single string at Portland's Arcade Alleys in 1939, equaled that figure in a match at his Salem Recreation Alleys. That Bay State record, made in the early '40s, stood until Emil Chiminiello crashed 202 many years later.
Burns also anchored a North Shore team which made its debut by upsetting the highly-regarded Pride Bombers, Manchester, N.H.
Burns' last pin post was with Sunnyside Lanes, Danvers, Mass.
Sylvio "Jerry" Cariani
Jerry Cariani, who settled in Skowhegan, Maine, in 1935, didn't wait for golf's Bob Charles to show that southpaw sports proficiency wasn't confined to baseball.
Lefty Cariani shattered fiction by dethroning Hall of Famer and state champion Edgar Keith of Bangor in 1942.
A couple of months later, his candlepin career seemed snuffed out in an accident which severed his left forefinger.
Cariani revamped his style, missed a title bid against Rumford's Eddie Hanson in 1945, but regained the title in 1949 against Nick Gillis. He turned back challengers Del Webber, Kittery; John Piacentini, Portland, and Wendal Berry, Norway, before bowing to Bob Hobbs, Norway.
Cariani was beaten in a state title test in 1952, but took Eastern Maine honors in 1958, 1961 and 1963.
Cariani's move to Central Maine's good earth must have surprised Dad Venueto, a navy career man.
Born in Springfield, Mass., Cariani at age three was taken to Italy. Twenty years there, he became adept at nationally-popular bocce, a variation of bowling on the lawn.
Boston wasn't Cariani's cup of tea. Maine was. The brick mason became more than a builder. In addition to construction of Skowhegan Bowlodrome and his own home for wife Alma and daughter Germana. Jerry branched out into bowling stewardship.
He was vice president of the first Maine State Bowling Association, Eastern Maine president, and prime mover in the current state title elimination setup. He successfully advocated adoption of the 15 3/4 inch candlepin.
His lane records range from a 414 triple at the Bowlodrome in 1941 to a 183 single at Waterville's Streamline, to a 20 string 2,274 at the Elm City's Metro lanes in 1942 with brother Armando as a partner. Jerry hit a ten-string 1,268 with the wooden pins in 1943. His plastic high was 1,368.
Distinguished as were competitive feats, Cariani is proudest of friends picked up while pinpicking.
They'd include Donat Fortier, Lewiston, MSBA charter president; Max
Codere, Waterville; Mike Anton, Scarborough, and M. Boyden, other charter
officers. And, of course, Buddy Marsh, Bangor, whose "Good
Luck" message is prominent in the Cariani memory scrapbook.
|Ovide J. Caron
Ovide J. Caron was a rare two sport champion. Caron, who first won the Maine Candlepin crown in 1926 from Ralph Pearson of Portland, was state amateur roller skating titlist in 1912. His State Title matches with Billy Manning of Biddeford, like Pearson a Hall of Famer, were marked by fiery verbal exchanges. He lost to state titlist Pearson by four pins when Pearson crayoned a strike on a spare the last two boxes, but dethroned Pearson later in 1926.
Caron in 1925 was a member of an All-Maine Team which had a stirring three match series with a Massachusetts quintet. Though Caron crayoned match high, the Bay State combine comprising Peerless Paul Poehler, Archie Walsh, Jimmy Whelan, John (Lefty) Mitchell and Red Miller triumphed by nine pins. Both Poehler and Walsh are Hall of Famers inducted in 1964.
In 1926, Caron boosted the Paper City Alley five-string record to 601, two weeks later there thumped a single 177 which was one pin less than the mark set by Hall of Famer Mrs. Lucy Conant.
Caron crayoned a ten-string 1,226 at Westbrook's Vallee Square in 1927 and a 618 five-string in 1929 at Sanford. He also was active as a "single" against the Hall of Famer Edgar Keith of Bangor.
Fellow Westbrookian Louis Chamand was Caron's longtime pin partner. They were members of the Westbrook team which won the Maine State Bowling Association title in 1934 and 1935. Others were Forest Knight, Ken Chick, Chamand and Dicky McBride, father of current World Champion Herb McBride of Portland.
Joseph E. Cawlina
Joe Cawlina'a competitve candlepin career spanned but 13 years.... from 1948 to 1961. Yet his name continues to be coupled with Charter Hall of Famers Archie Walsh and Paul Poehler when game giants are recalled.
The Lynn, Mass. native, like golf's Bobby Jones, retired at the peak of his game, hailed as "Mr. Grand Slam of Bowling." For six years, world titles were almost exclusively Cawlina property.
Cawlina's meteoric rise started at age 14. Within three years, he and "Whiz Kid" partner Ron Crowley were sought as team members in the strongest leagues. Staggering - especially to these youngsters - money matches were arranged almost nightly. Heady as where such breathtaking figures, veteran poise and competitive fire carried them to victory almost without exception.
After seven years of money, league and tournament testing, fully-seasoned Cawlina was ready for bigger game.
In 1956 Cawlina averaged 114. The highest average ever recorded in candlepins surpassed Walsh's 113 72/84, set in 1912.
Cawlina and crowns became synonymous. He paired with wife Barbara for the U.S. mixed doubles title in '57, won the U.S. men's singles and the Boston Record-American event at the demanding Huntington Alleys, Boston. This event was considered the world's championship.
The scenario was much the same in '58, a sweep of the RAA titles. It was the mixed with Barbara, singles and the pacemaker role as West Lynn Post Office took team laurels.
That year, Cawlina and Tony Baldinelli, Amesbury, dominated the world men's doubles elimination tourney. Cawlina crayoned 1,297 as the duo boosted the world's record to 2,467.
In '59 Cawlina annexed the Massachusetts men's singles with 1,241, added the all-events, then won the world's singles and five-man team title and took the the men's doubles title with Vin Lugg, Dover, N.H.
The title script was much the same in '60. Cawlina was the world champion in men's singles and all-events, and had a piece of the title action in men's doubles and five-man teams. The "Mr. Grand Slam" label was apt.
During '61 on "Fun For All Ages," Cawlina won match after match, set the TV high triple mark of 422 and won the show's elimination "Rolloff of Champions."
There were no more candlepins to conquer. Cawlina withdrew from active competition. As the world champion, Cawlina toured the country as a Bowl Mor consultant, giving exhibitions and conducting clinics. He was featured in corporations' newspaper and magazine advertising campaigns.
In a too-brief career, Cawlina compiled these personal records: 195 single, 480 triple and 1,330 ten string. These gaudy figures can't chronicle obliteration of every class bowler.
As Boston Red Sox fans speculated on the records denied Ted Williams through time lost to military service and injury, so bowling buffs conjure Cawlina's probable No. 1 status had he chosen to double premier performance.
Those privileged to have observed Cawlina recall a young blond of considerable charm, charisma comparable to Arnold Palmer, a trim six-footer who to opponents loomed 60 feet tall.
Delivery was flawless. He stood in the center of the approach and fired a perfectly-coordinated fast ball. When the ball reached the plate, it was loaded with action. Sticks scattered like leaves before a March wind.
A courteous manner and warm smile camouflaged killer instinct. Perhaps without equal as a competitor, few were more gracious once the final ball had been placed in the rack.
Stardom came early for Lynn, Massachusetts native Tom Cennammi. Tom's first appeared on television in 1958 and won a scholarship. In June 1960, he again qualified for the TV lights, hitting a 127 game to emerge as that years MBA Junior Champion.
In between those feats, Tom's exceptional ability was evidence when he recorded a 200 game in January 1960 in a sweepstakes at Lynn's King Lynn Lanes. He was 17 years old at the time.
Since these auspicious beginnings, Tom's swift and decisive delivery has enabled him to distinguish himself on numerous occasions. Most notably Tom's 30 plus appearances on Channel Five served to make his a household name in candlepin bowling circles.
On August 3, 1968, Tom hit a 452 triple, second only to Rosario Lechiara's 468 at the time. More importantly, his 182 third string set a new high single for the ever-popular program about to commence the 10th of a 38-year run. Tom hit three consecutive strikes in this memorable performance.
Tom's next TV flurry came in 1973. He won eight matches and averaged 132 in the process. During this stretch, he became the first bowler to hit 400 plus series on three consecutive occasions. His scores ranged from 363 to 445 and his victims included Hall of Famer Fran Onorato.
In 1977, Tom and partner Wally Bazylinski won the MBA State Opens Doubles title with a combined total of 1311. He also won the televised finals on Channel Seven, defeating tournament medallist Max Valentin 265-219 on November 9, 1990.
Tom made several television appearances in the 1980's and established a new North Shore Pro League high single of 211 on November 9, 1990.
Finally, Tom led his Lynn teammates in establishing a new sanctioned World Record score of 2068 on January 6, 1995 when he hit a 445 triple.
Paul Rocco Ceriello
Rocco Paul Ceriello of Concord becomes the second New Hampshire bowler to enter the Candlepin Hall of Fame because of competitive credentials.
Ceriello, who captured the World Candlepin Bowling Council's world championship in 1955 at the Big 20 lanes, Scarborough, Maine, the next year took the first annual New Hampshire state championship.
In 1960, as a member of Concord's VFW team, Ceriello crayoned a city record 422 on strings of 126, 151 and 144.
Ceriello was as colorful as he was competitive.
Outgoing, congenial and community-oriented, the World War II veteran was a member of Concord American Legion, VFW and Eagles organizations.
Lane management from 1949 to 1969 included a ten-year stint as proprietor of the School Street Bowling Lanes. He was a member of the committee which formed the World Candlepin Bowling Council in 1960.
Rocco was his most expansive following pro sweepstakes action. His lavish hospitality was the talk of the tightly-knit pro pin world.
Ceriello died Dec. 21, 1974, at age 68.
Richard "Dick" Chaffee
Turn the spotlight on Dick Chaffee, and a champion emerges.
Chaffee was No. 1 on the TV Candlepin Show 14 times. His ratings didn't end there. Chaffee was half the worlds men's doubles title team in 1964, a member of the mixed team titlists in 1974, and second in the world mixed doubles in 1962 and 1963.
Chaffee was Western New England All Events champion in 1963.
He held Triple A high average in 1948, '51, '53, ' 54 and '58, won the Brunswick Bermuda trip in '66, and was high average in Western N.E. and other pro leagues.
Chaffee gave professional exhibitions in New England with Bowl-Mor and the Massachusetts Bowling Association, and conducted clinics and instructors' school for 14 years with peerless Stasia Czerncki, Webster, Mass.
Chaffee had spectacular purse matches with Charlie Jutras, Pete Stracuzzi, and John Panetti.
Emil F. Chiminiello
Emil F. Chiminiello, West Quincy, Mass., world candlepin bowling champion in 1947 and double record setter in 1948, enters the World Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame.
Emil joins in the select Hall his brother, Francis P., who died in 1945. One of seven bowling brothers from the Quincy area, Francis was world lane champion in 1940.
More spectacular than Emil's 1947 world title win over West Lynn's Lester (Buster) Perrone were world single and triple string records set Nov. 16, 1948, at Lynn's 20th Century lanes.
Competing for Mike Gangi's 20th Century team against Back Bay in the Lynn Intercity League, Chiminiello crayoned a middle string 202 and a 442 triple. He needed a ten to top the 35-year-old mark of Harry (King) Cole. He came through with a spare and tacked six pins to it.
Chiminiello's world title and record meant less to him than his bowling benefit shows. He exhibited several times at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Bedford, Mass., and rolled title and record successor Don Dwyer, Scituate, Mass., in Heart Fund matches.
Classy southpaw Dwyer boosted Emil's three-string record to 472. Crowding 60, Emil still cuts a sharp pin figure. He carries a 118 average in the Quincy Elks Bowling League and not long ago appeared on the weekly televised bowling show.
West Quincy, MA
Francis Chiminiello of Quincy, Mass., honored tonight, was known as the champ of champions.
One of seven bowling brothers, Chiminiello in 20 years racked up a brilliant competitive record. Had Francis lived to bowl another decade, he would have been the best of them all, according to noted lane figures Johnny Ierardi of Boston and Mike Gangi and Pete Polombo of Lynn. Chiminiello died in 1945 at the age of 39.
Highlighting Chimmy's competitive drive was his spectacular finish for the men's open singles title in 1940 Boston Advertiser-American-Record diamond medal championships. Apparently out of the running after seven strings, the brilliant Quincy kegler crayoned 131, 136, 125 for 1,102 to beat ex-world champion Charlie Pagle of Quincy and Billy Butts of Boston.
Francis and Dominick Chiminiello led Quincy doubles teams. Francis captained a brother quintet known as the Big Berthas, and his YMCA industrial team consistently took league honors.
Though plumber Chiminiello resided in Quincy, he was Lynn's favorite son. For years he rolled with the 20th Century team in the city league. The tall gentleman with the broad smile and the speed ball gave bowling fans many thrills. His duels with Hall of Famer Joe Bonigli of Milton were classics.
Whenever Gangi staged championship matches with the proceeds going to the mayor's shoe and stocking fund, Chimmy was first to volunteer his services. It was fitting that Chiminiello's last match be a Red Cross benefit against Bonigli. A credit to the bowling game, he was happiest helping others.
The six surviving Chiminiello bowling brothers of the 1930s reside in Quincy. Dominick, 70, was connected with the Bethlehem Steel for 50 years. Ralph 64 until recently rolled in the Merchant League. His average was 110, his high single 166 and three strings 422. Michael 61, listed highs of 179 and 409. Emil, 58, has a 118 average. His 202 single and 422 triple Nov. 16,1948 at Lynn were world records. Peter is 56, John 54.
Henry, 47, the eighth brother of the family, bowls but made his mark more in civic contributions. The Hanover resident is a Past King Lion, now is District Governor and is past VFW commander and current District Commander of Hanover and Eastern Massachusetts.
Joe "The Pro" Comeau owns but one world candlepin title, that garnered in 1950 with a then-remarkable 1123 pinfall. Now the Peabody, Mass. resident is a double Hall of Famer as a two-sports champion.
Comeau, the Massachusetts horseshoe champion in 1955, 63 and 64 and New England kingpin in 63 and 64 (the latter at age 57), is a member of the New England Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame.
Of 175 trophies, the long time West Lynn resident is proudest of his top bowling prize.
Playing with pain became a harsh reality for Comeau. Despite crushing his right hand at the General Electric West Lynn Works where he worked 37 years, Joe survived 5 elimination rolloffs.
Four days before the finals in Waltham, Mass., intense pain prompted a visit to the doctor. The splint came off a broken right-hand middle finger knuckle just 24 hours before the title test. The doctor's parting shot; "Win that championship tomorrow!" Comeau disregarded the discomfort, crayoned a 10-string 1123 and beat runnerup Art Doyan of New Hampshire by 20 sticks. He averaged 109 for the 60 string tourney.
Comeau twice captured the North Shore Amateur Lynn Item tourney and was runnerup a third year.
Personal best were 191 single and 436 triple.
Comeau remained active in bowling for 16 years after lessening his competitive role. He helped organize the Little Bowling at Lynnway Rec Alleys. More than 300 youngsters participated in Pee Wee, Bantam and Junior Classes. Such standouts as Jim Mauro, George Raymond and Bobby Twomey emerged from leagues around Lynn.
Lucy Perrin Conant
The late Mrs. Lucy Conant of Westbrook, Maine, women's world bowling champion from 1915 through 1920, enters the Candlepin Hall of Fame with tremendous competitive credits.
Her single string 178 in April 1918, at Dow's Alley's Westbrook, in more than a half-century of assault by Maine distaff rollers was bettered only by the New England record 181 in 1945 by Hall of Famer Mrs. Florence MacMullen, Skowhegan.
The lively pin, the plastic missile, was unknown in the hard-to-dislodge wooden pin era. More remarkable, then, are 1915 world records of 132 and 138 singles and 342 and 356 triples.
Mrs. Conant had her slight curve ball under pinpoint control as she defeated such title challengers as Mrs. Paul Poehler, Revere, Mass.; Miss Mildred Walker, Webster, Mass,; Miss Loretta McEnaney, Lowell, Mass., Miss Lucy M. Fifield, Manchester, N.H., and Miss Isabel Ginn, Belfast.
A Gold Medal was the excellence award in Mrs. Conant's day. Several should have been struck in her honor for her pin pioneering. The Carrie Nation of the Candlepins invaded a man's sport and social stronghold, an often-suspect spot where a lady NEVER ventured, beat the men at their game, and earned their grudging respect. Portland Hall of Famer Ralph Pearson recalls Lucy rolling his dad, Lew, asking no quarter and needing none.
Lucy wasn't always accepted on ability. Indeed she encountered positive discrimination at a Biddeford lane. She was refused playing privileges there, not because she was a woman, but because she won so consistently.
Mrs. Conant retired from bowling when forced to wear glasses, which she found a hindrance to sharpshooting.
She retained her nice touch, however, as florist for 30 years with a Portland firm. Mrs. Conant, who died in 1955, is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Albert Davis, Westbrook.
Angie Baker Croto
Angie Baker Croto's candlepin credits span 30 years and most Massachusetts lanes.
The Bay State women's titles in 1948 and five Western New England championships in the 1950s notwithstanding, she savors a supreme tribute a seemingly harsh act by ego-bruised and dollar-drained Springfield male bowlers.
They booted her from their league for winning to many money matches. Another men's league in which she competed was more chivalrous, at some cost in pride and pocketbook.
Mrs. Croto long has been liberated on the lanes. In 1954, immediately after WNE title annexation, she bowled over male counterpart Rene Peloquin in a three string exhibition.
The North Adams native discovered bowling in 1939, ten years after graduation from high school as a basketball standout.
She started rolling cross-alley, but now rolls down the middle. Her record indicates she's stayed in the scoring pocket.
During her 1948 state title run, Mrs. Croto rolled 530 to eclipse by four Ruth Muthe's maple pin tally.
Personal highs include, league average, 108, Springfield, 1964; 101, maples, North Adams; high string, maples, 161; high five, 595, and high ten, 1,100s.
Her best bowling, perhaps, was in the Springfield area pro leagues after World War II.
Backers might dispute that statement with a rundown of rather recent feats. They'd lead with a 326 - 324 loss to Stasia Czernicki on the Mass. weekly bowling show in 1965, toss in state Eagles' auxiliary women's champ in 1966 and, as the clincher, mention 1971.
At age 60, Angie made the No. 10 single pin on her last shot for 142 - 146 - 112 -- 400. Now a Chicopee resident, Mrs. Croto "confines" her bowling to four leagues.
Ronald F. Crowley
Ron Crowley, "The Boy Wonder" of bowling, joins veteran game giants by virtue of a spectacular candlepin career spanning nearly 40 years.
The Candlepin Hall of Famer selectee was introduced to the sport at age 12, as a pinboy in the Lynnway Mass., Recreation Center, a 20-lane establishment he now owns.
Crowley captured his first sweepstakes championship in Lynn at age 14, and at 17 ranked with the best, thanks to a fast but smooth delivery. That year, 1947, Crowley became the youngest in history to annex the coveted North Shore Pin Classic.
Career highs included a 175 single, 447 triple, 675 five strings and 1,295 ten strings.
Crowley specialized in doubles. He and Joe Cawlina, labeled "The Wiz Kids," racked up repeated triumphs in ten-string money matches. Stirring joust with Amesbury aces Tony Baldinelli and Hall-of-Famer Paul Tedford skyrocketed totals and delighted viewers.
Crowley was as successful in TV appearances, sweepstakes and singles, doubles and team action in state and world tournaments.
He rolled on the five-man West Lynn Post Office team, champions of the Boston Record American- Advertiser tourney in 1959. He crayoned 340 in his anchor slot.
Crowley hit 356 as a member of Lynn's 20th Century five which set a world record total of 1,848 in 1958. In that match, Hall of Famer Emil Chiminiello, Quincy, notched 202 single and 442 triple world records.
The Candlepin Bowlers Association he founded in 1960 under his guidance and organization became today's Professional Bowler's Tour. He also fostered and promoted leagues for children, seniors and handicapped, as well as special events.
Ron has served for several years as an officer of the Massachusetts Bowling Association.
Tonight, Ed Czernicki becomes the third member in his celebrated family to enter the ICBA Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame. Following in the footsteps of his parents Stasia and Tony, Ed's accomplishments in the sport are many and span four decades.
Ed's first title came in 1962 when he and his teammates emerged victorious in the Pony segment of the World Tournament. In 1963, Ed won his first individual title when he captured the junior singles crown in the Boston Traveler Tournament; in 1965, Ed won the Mass State Singles Title in the thirteen and under division.
In adult competition, Ed was a member of the Fairway Mixed State Championship Team in 1968, 1972 and again in 1974. In 1971 and in 1972, Ed teamed with his mother, Dolores Norsigian and Hall of Famer Don Riley to win the World Mixed Team Title. In winning this event in 1972, Ed's team set a New World Record score for Mixed Team Competition with a combined effort of 2553 for twenty games.
In local competition in the Worcester area, Ed held the highest seasonal average in the prestigious Worcester County League. This played a key role in enabling Ed's Mohegan Bowladrome team to win its first title in nine years in the league. Ed bowled in this league for over fifteen years and maintained a 120+ average throughout this timeframe. Ed was honored in 1975 when he received the MBA Candlepin Record Award for his 758 five-string total. Ed's personal high single string was bowled on June 24, 1979 at Hippodrome Lanes in Southbridge, Massachusetts when he hit 200 in league competition.
One of the highlights of Ed's career came in 1971 when he and his beloved mother Stasia won the State Open Mixed Doubles Title with a 1283 total; the score was a record at that time. Another big occasion for Ed came in March of 1976 when both he and his mother won the Pro Tour Event at Pilgrim Lanes in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Ed won the men's division with a 1333 ten-string total and Stasia hit 1251 in the ladies division.
Ed also faired well "under the lights". On the Channel Five show hosted by Jim Britt, and later by Hall of Famer Don Gillis, Ed appeared 16 times. The highlight of his appearances came on March 31, 1979 when he bowled against Jeff Atkins. Ed's first string consisted of eleven marks in ten boxes for a score of 197. This feat was never equaled in the history of the show and the 197 was the program's all-time high single.
On October 22, 1988 Ed appeared on NESN'S BIG SHOT BOWLING show against Peter Flynn. Ed hit 399 and Peter hit 451 for a combined total of 850. This was the highest combined total for the entire series, which was on the air from June 1, 1985 to June 15, 1991.
On BAY STATE BOWLING in the 1970's, Ed made several appearances; at one time, Ed had seven consecutive victories on the show.
Ed and his wife Jeanne have two daughters, Amy and Kim. Ed still lives in Webster, Massachusetts and has been active in recent years on the Western New England and Senior Pro Tours.
In entering the ICBA Hall of Fame tonight, Ed sets yet another record. The Czernicki Family is the only family to date to have both parents and an offspring in the Hall of Fame! Congratulations Ed on a job well done.
Tonight, John Czernicki joins 3 family members already inducted into the International Candlepin Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He joins his brother Ed, father Tony, and his mother Stasia. Obviously, candlepin bowling was in the genes for the Czernicki family.
John started bowling competitively at a young age - in fact he made his first appearance on "Winning Pins" when he was 11 years old. In his second appearance on that show, he bowled a 152 string. He hit his first 400 series at the age of 13, rolling a 134, 145 and 125 for a 404 series.
John appeared as an adult on all of the major candlepin bowling shows over the years. He had a record of 11 wins and 6 loses on Bob Fouracre's " Big Show Bowling" show. He made 9 appearances on the Channel 5 show over the years and hit the hi-lo jackpot during one of them. John participated in the last show to ever air on Channel 5. (An interesting side note is that his mother Stasia was the first woman to ever appear on the show!) John and his brother Ed ran a string of 5 weeks on the Channel 5 Candlepin Doubles show, losing in that 5th week in a two box rolloff.
As a longtime member of the WCBC Pro Bowlers Tour, John has 2 pro tour victories to his credit. His first was at the Londonderry Bowling Center on 1987 where he bowled a 1475 which at the time was a new 10 string record for the pro tour as well as a house record. His second tour win was later that same year at the State Bowl in Springfield, MA.
John was a member of the "Lucky Seven" along with Det Klien, fellow inductee Dick O'Connell, John Bird, Tim Soucy, Bill Gover and Chip Carson who won the World Championship in Canada in 1997. John was also a member of the W.N.E.C.A. Pro Tour and has one win to his credit in 1997.
John currently resides in Webster, MA and has 2 daughters - Tara is 21 and Stasia Marie is 6. Besides bowling, he enjoys fishing, boating and golf.
Where or how does one start to chronicle the 40 year candlepin career of stellar Stasia Czernicki? One might begin with personal highs .. 194 single, 466 triple, 707 five strings and 1388 ten strings. In her high single (194: 12/14/83), the incomparable Stasia tossed 5 consecutive strikes in the first 5 boxes!
How about official world records? Ten Strings-1388, women's doubles-2382, mixed doubles-2676 and women's five strings-707.
The Webster, Mass. whiz has been world's champion 8 times, singles queen 6 times, a member of the women's doubles title team 3 times, mixed doubles team twice and a member of the world's women's title team in 1965.
Stasia has collected world All Events honors 7 times. All Events consist of total pinfall in singles, mixed doubles, women's doubles, mixed and women's teams. She was just as successful in Massachusetts State title action. Her 12 All Events titles include an amazing 7 year run, from 1970 through 1976.
Other state crowns were singles 10 times, women's doubles 9 times, mixed team 3 times, mixed doubles twice and women's teams once. She paired with son Eddie for a mixed doubles title in 1971. In addition to all these accolades, she holds the state championship 10-string record at 1292.
Pin pioneer Stasia was the first women to appear on Channel 5's "Candlepin Bowling Stars" TV Show hosted by fellow inductee Don Gillis. Her 41-12 match record includes 18 consecutive wins, more than any man or women. Her TV high was 399.
She was Worcester County Telegram and Gazette champion in 1953, 61 and 62 and 18-time high average winner in the fast Worcester County Women's Pro League. Her top average was a 120.5. She also was a member of the Webster Mohegans team which won eight straight league titles.
The World Candlepin Bowling Council and World Candlepin Bowling Congress long have recognized and cited this remarkable woman who has harvested more than 300 trophies. At Council Hall of Fame ceremonies, she's been lauded as Woman Bowler of the Year in 1967, 68, 70, 71 and 72.
Congress honors come in the form of Woman Pro Bowler of the Year for 73-74, 75-76, 76-77 and 78-79 seasons. Designation is earned for highest pinfall during the Pro Tour season consisting of 6 tournaments in Mass., Maine and New Hampshire. Lowest score is dropped.
Czernicki won 11 stops on the Pro Tour and her 1326 at the Hi-Way Bowlaway in Walpole, Mass. November 15, '75 is the 10-string record. Her 5012 in the 75-76 season, when there were only 5 tourneys, is a 40-string high. Her 6185 the same season is a 50-string record.
Stasia is director of the Massachusetts Bowling Association's Instructors School and a certified MBA bowling instructor. She's also a member of the World Candlepin Bowling Congress' executive board. Tony, her husband of 41 years is the Congress secretary and Tournament director.
They have three sons, Daniel, Edward and John and six grand-daughters, Amy, Kim, Elizabeth, Valerie, Sarah and Tara Lee.
William "Bill" Derby
Bill Derby collected a flock of city, state and world candlepin crowns from his New Hampshire base in the 1955-1975 period, and was a familiar figure on televised bowling shows originating in Maine and Massachusetts, but perhaps is best remembered in the role of educator and organizer.
That's understandable. Derby, now a retired school teacher residing in Florida in the winter and York Beach, Maine, in the summer, applied teaching techniques as initial and advanced instruction for hundreds of bowlers.
Organizational skills surfaced early. As New Hampshire representative, he assisted in the formation of the WCBC Pro Bowlers Tour and was a member of that popular travel circuit.
He assisted Royal Edgerly Jr. and Andy Corteau Jr. in the formation of the NHCBA Pro-Am Sweepstakes, a tournament for WCBC pro bowlers and the amateur bowlers of New Hampshire. That tournament remains of great interest.
Derby was the color commentator for the Rochester, NH TV show airing weekly on WNEC Cablevision. He donated countless hours to youngsters drawn to the sport, giving lectures and exhibitions of bowling skills and etiquette. Wherever there was a match, tournament, or pickup joust, Derby's hat was figuratively in the action ring, adding to the excitement.
His smooth approach and delivery produced many titles. He was a member of men's and mixed team champions in the WCBC World tournament, and a member of NHCBA state championship men's doubles, mixed doubles, men's mixed teams.
Derby was Rochester city champion six years and Dover city titlist three years.
He responded nicely to the spotlight with its added pressure, performing well on TV bowling shows on channels 5, 27, 9 and 13. The 9 and 13 shows featured Maine and New Hampshire bowlers. Derby had a 16 week run, took off five weeks, then had a 9 week encore.
Derby considers himself fortunate to have begun his bowling career as a pinboy in 1943 and to have witnessed the development of the game to its modern setting.
He's marveled at the exploits of and rubbed elbows with such New Hampshire Hall of Famers as Vin Lugg and Don Beaupre and long admired the deft pin-picking of Maine's Charlie Milan III.
York Beach, ME
Miss Theresa Desmarais, Biddeford, Maine is the fifth woman to crash the Candlepin Hall of Fame on competitive talent.
"Nan" won the state title in 1949 on her first try. She defeated 1966 Hall of Famer Florence MacMullen of Skowhegan.
Miss Desmarais' win was a Western Maine break-through. The Eastern section, featuring longtime Maine ruler Mrs. MacMullen, had a title monopoly.
Theresa also was one of the first to go over the 1,000 mark for ten strings. This launched an upward scoring trend modern pin maidens need to remain in the front ranks.
Her 1,106 against Miss Ora Mae Vachon of Waterville was a new title pinfall.
Miss Desmarais was unbeaten in 1949. She lost her title to Mrs. Alice Josephs of Portland in 1950, regained the title in April, 1951, by downing Mrs. Helen Buchonis, Lewiston, 2,095 - 1,849, defended successfully against Mrs. Josephs and Mrs. Louise Gay, Freeport, and lost to Mrs. Alie Amnott of Portland in 1952.
She signaled her title rise by rolling a lane record 177 single string Dec. 29, 1948, at Biddeford's 20th Century, and followed with 110 and 141 for a three-string 418. Miss Desmarais also broke the lane record at Biddeford's Pastime with a 153 single.
Like Mrs. MacMullen, who set the women's world single string high of 181, Miss Desmarais was at her bowling best against men. Until her her title match with Mrs. MacMullen, all her duels had been against the "hardier" breed. Most men bowed to the dainty 5-1, 102 pound lass.
Miss Desmarais was at home under the hood of an auto. She's a topflight mechanic.
The late Jerry DiVecchia was one of the stars of the game in the 1950s and 1960s. Well remembered for his animated delivery and clutch finishes. Jerry provided many exciting moments to Channel Five viewers in the early years of the program then known as "Fun For All Ages."
One match that stood out was a 368-368 tie between Jerry and Hall of Famer Tony Baldinelli. If tied at the end of regulation play of three strings each, contestants were invited to return the following week and bowl three additional strings to determine a winner. Jerry seized the opportunity, soundly defeating the prolific Baldinelli 393-312.
In 1962, Jerry returned from a serious operation to win the Men's National Singles title with a then record 1321 ten-string total. Jerry's team also won the team title in the yearly Huntington Bowladrome tournament and he notched another trophy in capturing the Doubles title.
On June 30,1963 Jerry broke the World Candlepin record for 10 strings in tournament play. He hit 1430 at the Bedford Grove Lanes in Manchester, New Hampshire, a feat Jerry personally described as "the highlight of my career."
In 1967 at the age of 49, Jerry won the Massachusetts State Doubles and Singles titles. His final title came in 1976 when he teamed with Wayne Alden, Rosario Lechiara, Don Riley and Hall of Famer Fran Onorato to win the prestigious Massachusetts Men's Team State Championship.
Carol Downey is the sole female among the Class of 2002 competitive ability inductees.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Carol graduated from Andover High School in 1961. She was captain of the Andover Ladies Pro Team for several years in her early candlepin career and later moved to New Hampshire. Carol presently resides in Nashua, NH.
Perky and friendly, Carol joined the WCBC Pro Tour during the 1978/79 season and quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with. Carol finished fourth that year, and captured the 1978/79 Rookie of the Year honors.
From 1978 through 1993, Carol won eight pro tour events and tied for first place in two others. She was a member of the prestigious Top Ten Club a total of ten times and won the coveted Bowler of the Year award in the 1991/92 season.
Carol was no less dominant in the New Hampshire State Championships. From 1981 through 1989, Carol was New Hampshire’s State Female Champion on seven occasions. She established a twenty-five string all events record of 3225 – averaging 129 in the process.
Competing in one of the MBA State Tournaments, Carol hit a 749 for five games and established the ICBA record that still stands today.
Carol also gave back to the sport of Candlepin Bowling by serving as an instructor at Park Place Lanes (formerly Sandy’s) in Windham, New Hampshire from 1980 through 1998. Carol is now retired and enjoys golfing for recreation.
It is a pleasure to welcome the personable and talented Carol Downey into the ICBA Hall of Fame.
Gary Duffett of Merrimack, New Hampshire enters the Hall of Fame with a repertoire of accomplishments of which anyone would be proud.
As a youth, Gary honed his talents at the now defunct Gate City Bowl in Nashua, New Hampshire. He won the 1967 and 1968 New Hampshire State Senior Boy’s Titles. Not surprisingly, Gary won the New Hampshire State Men’s title on his first attempt!
Gary was a New Hampshire Men’s Doubles titlist for four consecutive seasons from 1975 through 1978, winning with Hall of Famer Dan Murphy the first three times and with Mike Broutzos on the final occasion. Similarly, Gary was a member of the New Hampshire State Men’s Championship Team four years running, from 1983 through 1986, with teammates Mike Poulin, Jack Foley, Bob Freel, and Hall Of Famer Bob Francoeur. Gary won several other New Hampshire state titles, primarily in the 1970’s.
Gary’s state titles were not exclusive to New Hampshire! In 1975, he teamed with fellow inductee Mike Sargent to win the MBA Open Doubles Title. In 1974, Gary won the MBA All Events Title, averaging 129.2 for the twenty-six string competition.
From 1973 to 1976, at the World Tournament held at Pilgrim Lanes, Gary won five titles. He won the Singles in 1974, The Doubles in 1973, the Mixed Teams in 1975, and the World All Events and Match Play titles in 1974 and 1975, respectively.
Gary still competes today and also plays golf, fishes, and supports the Nashua, New Hampshire Chapter of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program.
Tonight, the ICBA proudly welcomes this talented and altruistic gentleman into its Hall of Fame.
Bernard "Bernie" Duhamel
Former paratrooper Bernie Duhamel didn't come down to earth for a few hours after crayoning a 197 string in the Worcester County Men's Major Candlepin League, but his sparkling competitive career has been dotted with several other "highs". Wife Ginger phoned Don Lachambre, team captain of the Bay Path team of East Brookfield, to confirm that figure-only five pins short of the world record. There after, she wasn't surprised at other scoring feats, such as a 198 and a record triple 493 at Worcester's Colonial Lanes in November, 1983 and a 411 that same month as his C & R Tire team boosted the world team record to 2,067. Duhamel turned the spotlight on Mike Riopel, who had 432, and Harry Connor, next with 424, Dave Dupuis added 402, Don Lachambre Jr, 398. Duhamel also set the Bay Path Alley five string record, 721.
The Brookfield resident didn't stop there. His record over two decades is strewn with triples in the 410-430 range. One standout performance was a 412 that produced a coveted high average in the men's Social League in 1967.
He fired a season high 452 triple in the Worcester County Men's Candlepin Bowling League to lead Bay Path to a 1,970 pin fall and 8-0 sweep of Hippodrome of Southbridge.
Duhamel perhaps was at his best in money matches. He and partner Bob Gouin long were unbeaten in doubles action.
Duhamel defeated Hall of Famer Charlie Jutras - 1,361 to 1,351 in a $300 match in March of 1984.
Fred C. (Stub) Emery, Athol, Massachusetts is inducted posthumously into the Candlepin Hall of Fame. Many years as a mail carrier in Athol helped this crack bowler keep his legs in shape. At his best in money matches, Emery performed before large crowds in Athol, Gardner, Orange, Springfield, Worcester, Quincy and Boston.
Blending graceful delivery and fierce competitive spirit, Emery repeatedly came from behind for wins. His most notable victory perhaps, came in 1937. He downed Hall of Famer Francis Chiminiello, Quincy, 2,296 - 2,237, in home-and-home ten string test. A technicality deprived Emery of world title recognition.
An effortless approach and launch enabled Emery to remain in the game's top tier from 1922 to 1950.
Emery twice downed Hall-of Famer Jonny Tagg, Fitchburg marvel considered by many as Central Massachusetts' all-time best. Scores were 1,158 - 1,053 and 2,093-2034. Emery notched record highs of 165 single and 1,189 ten strings.
Other wins were against such stalwarts as Charles Perrault, Gardner; Joe Ardolino, Springfield; and Jack Bain, Northbridge.
Equally proficient in doubles, Emery paired with Athol rollers Fred Meehan, a world champion, and George Girardi.
Emery and Girardi defeated Northhampton's Scanlon and Morin in 1937 before 700 fans, 2,289-2,063. They also downed Hall-of-Famers Jim O'Lindy and F. Chiminiello and Fitchburg's Jim Curry and Tagg in best-of-three ten-string action.
In 1939, Emery and Meehan upset Hall-of-Famers Joe Bonigli and O'Lindy. In '43 they topped O'Lindy and Charles Paigle and Worcester greats Al Javery and Joe Vacca.
Peter Flynn was born on August 30, 1956 in Woburn, Massachusetts. He attended Woburn High School, graduating in 1974. Peter's first exploits in the Candlepin world took place in 1962 when at the age of six years he began bowling in organized leagues at the Woburn Bowladrome. In 1969 he won the VFW youth state title; however, Peter's prolific skill as a Candlepin bowler was to become internationally recognized as an adult.
In 1976-1977, Peter was Bowler of the Year on the WCBC Pro Bowler's Tour; moreover, he teamed with his late mother, Evie Flynn, to win the 1977 MBA State Mixed Doubles title. Peter cherishes this victory to this day, as it was a dream come true to win this title with his mother who was so omnipresent and supportive throughout Peter's Candlepin career. Peter also won the WCBC Bowler of the Year honors during the 1987-1988 campaign.
Peter's Candlepin statistics are impressive. He has a high single of 211, a high triple of 482, a high five of 806, and a high ten of 1476. He was the Massachusetts State All Events Champion in 1983 and 1985 and he won a total of 10 individual tournaments on the WCBC Pro Bowler's Tour. In 1989, Peter had 10 consecutive wins on " Big Shot Bowling", four of which included 400 totals ranging consecutively from 400-462. Peter has 5 World Team Crowns to his credit, having teamed with Hall of Famers Jack Ray and Don Riley, as well as Bob Kelly, Gary Carrington, Joe Ashline, Johnny Miller and Dave Richards, among others, to secure the victories in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and, finally, in 1992. Peter currently holds the All Events record in Massachusetts with a 26 game total of 3573, as well as the MBA Open Team record of 2167 which he accomplished along with Hall of Famer Mike Sargent, Wally Bazylinski, Joe Ashline and Gary Carrington.
In 1991, Peter suffered a cerebral hemorrhage from which he was not expected to recover. Happily he did, and came back to capture the 1992 MBA State Doubles title with Bart Maderios who filled in for vacationing Bob Kelly on the finals televised on Channel Five. Peter also endured potentially career ending back issues and moved to North Carolina to deal with the chagrin of not being able to bowl any longer. In 2005 he returned and began bowling again - he won his first event on the Senior Pro Tour!
Peter lives with his wife Rita Flynn and has two sons, Sean Flynn, age 25, and Craig Flynn, age 22, from a previous marriage.
Robert Francoeur first crashed the sport pages in 1954 as city and state candlepin bowling champion. The Nashua, New Hampshire resident, now rolling out of the Londonderry Bowling Center, still is making news after a half-century of competitive excellence.
He was a member of world and men's team champions in 1990, and of a first place team in the Traveling League.
From the early 1950s to the present, few have seen as many balls in the direction of the head pin. He bowled two or three leagues a week, adding tournaments and rolloffs on weekends. At 66, he remains a competitive threat in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire select ranks.
He's long been a fixture in MBA events, and recognition expanded via television appearances. In 1964, he was singles champion for nine weeks on Channel 9, and singles kingpin for two weeks on Channel 50 in both 1986 and 1989. Other lane laurels included singles best in 1955 and 1979, and singles champ and member of the doubles "A" state title team in 1971.
Francoeur was a member of the state mixed title team in 1976, and of men's team champions in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He also was a member of world title teams in 1988, 1989, and 1990. He was a MBA senior champion in 1982. Francoeur also collected tournament honors in Boston American and American Legion events, and sectional father and son, and father and daughter competition at Bowlaway; Rochester, New Hampshire, and other titles at New Hampshire lanes Gate City Bowl, and Plaza, Nashua; L-N-L, Hudson, and Bowl-A-Drome, Bedford.
|Jim C. Gangi
Jim G. Gangi, Marblehead, Mass., started bowling in 1901. He's still active, though he'll be 94 Dec. 13.
At 75, he swept high average, single and three string honors in Lynn's Swanson Benjamin League as further testimony to the accolade bet bestowed on him by the Shoe City's Daily Evening Item - "one of Lynn's all time great candlepin bowlers."
Gangi's early trade was as a leather expert, but he soon gravitated to the bowling game on a full-time basis. He operated Lynn's Casino Alleys from 1915 to 1949, and he and brothers John and Mike were know in bowling circles as the Three Musketeers.
He collected his first trophy in 1916, for Elks League high average.
That was just the beginning. Cash was the big prize against the sparkling likes of Red Miller, Paul Poehler, Archie Walsh, Lefty Mitchell, Jim Whalen, Fran Chiminello and Joe Bonigli. Poehler, Walsh, Chiminello and Bonigli are Hall of Famers.
A world championship in 1937 was profitable both in purse and trophy, but Gangi admits he derived most tingling pleasure from money matches in the Twenties before packed houses.
Downing world champion Chiminello 1.206-1,1876 in '38 was stimulating, Gangi confessed, as were these three career highs in the '37-38 period - single string 171 (ten spares), three strings 391 (wooden pins) and 108 average.
Gangi used the bocce style delivery of right hand and right foot slide. His accuracy didn't suffer. He bowled rotation single pin score of 19 of 20 in Lynn K of C competition in 1927.
Gangi won the Daily Evening Item tourney in '36 and '37, and was second twice.
|Eddie "Ted" Garon
The late Eddie Garon born in Lewiston, from 1925 to 1945 criss-crossed Maine and ventured out-of-state in search of candlepin competition.
Garon twice was state titlist, set a flock of lane records, and with three other Hall of Famers figured in a world record.
Garon and Portland partner Ralph Pearson combined for 2,349 and a 61 pin edge over Francis P. Chiminiello and Jim Olindy at the latter's Quincy, Mass., lanes. The 40-string 4,637 was considered a new world standard in that mid-30s duel.
Garon won his first Maine crown in 1931, while a Waterville resident, and regained the title in 1937, against late Hall of Famer Billy Manning, Biddeford.
Most remembered title match was against the late Ralph Scott, Bangor, another Hall of Famer. Garon defied doctor's orders to battle challenger Scott, and crayoned a winning 1,133. He also turned back Bangorian Edgar Keith, also a Hall of Fame member.
Garon scored a 458 triple to erase Keith's lane record 406 at Brunswick, beat Manning's Portland Arcade alley record of 434 by four pins and notched a 178 high single there, and shattered Ivan Clough's Auburn YMCA triple with a 381 score. Garon's winning league average 111.19. He beat Leon Smiley, Skowhegan, before a record 800 fans at Waterville.
He hit 1,121 for a New England sweepstakes, triumph at Waltham, Mass., and was edged by Bill Bewley's 1,121 at the latter's Lewiston lanes in Maine's largest - and at that time possibly classiest - sweepstakes.
Pearson's assistant at Portland Athletic Club and Portland Streamline , Garon hooked up with the pin master for several successful tandem matches. Among victims were state champ Charlie Burns and Roger Small of Portland. Game newcomer Johnny Piacentini of Portland also was a strong sidekick.
Garon launched the mixed doubles bowling. He paired with Mary Welch to defeat Mr. and Mrs. Sam Goggin of Gardiner.
Garon's bowling base mostly was split between Portland and Auburn, though he brought Waterville its first state title.
Garon last owned and operated lanes in Norway.
He died in Lewiston in 1958.
George "Gaspipe" Gastonguay
George (Gas) Gastonguay, Beverly, Mass., took a little time to get around to serious candlepin bowling because of proficiency in such other athletic endeavors as baseball, swimming and basketball.
Gastonguay who will be 73 in December, began bowling at the age of 15. He remained prominent on the pin circuit for 40 years.
During the 1920's, Gastonguay's team captured the Massachusetts title.
There was a break in bowling action Gastonguay in 1941 as a candlepinner of the highest caliber. He was top money winner on the sweepstakes circuit in 1941. He posted a ten-string 1,141 that year in beating world champion Joe Bonigli, Milford, Mass. by 47 pins.
This led to a purse match. Gastonguay prevailed, 1,147 to 1,081. "Gas" also rolled purse matches with such worthies as Tony Baldinelli, Paul Tedford, Ron Crowley and Portland, Maine, standout Ralph Pearson, an early Hall of Fame entrant.
Career highs included 171 single and 444 triple.
Gastonguay defeated world champ Fran Chiminello, Quincy, Mass., later a Hall of Famer, in a charity match, and won the New England candlepin title in 1948 by defeating George Girardi, Athol, Mass., in a roll off. They'd tied at 1,131.
The versatile Gastonguay made a neat conversion to the duckpin game in 1945. He annexed that sport's N.E. crown in '48. The field included candlepin ace Joe Cawlina. Before bowling out in 1950, he'd gained fifth place in the U.S.
Gas returned to the candlepin money circuit to down Quincy's Don Dwyer, 2,263-2,259.
He won several sweepstakes test in Record American Advertiser sponsored events at Boston Huntington 55 Alleys, and in 1955 was World Open candlepin champion.
Doris & Nick Gillis
Doris and Nick Gillis become the first husband-wife team to crash the Hall of Fame. They've done it resoundingly , with remarkable totals and titles.
The Biddeford bowlers' tandem highlight was the national mixed doubles championship in 1959 in Boston. Runnerup duo in the field of 134 teams trailed by 84 pins.
The Gillises shared second place in the world tournament in 1961. They combined for state mixed doubles honors from 1953 through 1960, and won again in 1966 and 1968.
Doris' singles record is even more spectacular than Nick's. From 1951 to 1962, the three-time Maine and two-time Western Maine pin queen racked up a 31-5 singles record. nick was 41-11-1 from 1948 to 1969, with four state and three sectional crowns.
Doris ran off 19 straight matches before bowing by one pin to Virginia Hodson of Sanford. Nick's streak of 14 was snapped by Al St.Clair of Portland, but he reeled off ten more in succession until dropping a 19-pin decision to Biddeford rival Chris Anton.
Naturally, Nick has higher career totals - 184 single and 1,324 on wooden pins against 172 and 1,265.
Nick captured the New England Open title in 1954, and paired with Biddeford's Roger Metayer in 1966 and Dick O'Brien in 1968 for Maine men's doubles titles, while Doris' sole Maine women's doubles title share was with Kate Gillis, in 1960.
Gillis, who has operated Biddeford's 20th Century lanes the past 23 years, won the Maine - New Hampshire TV championship in 1960 by defeating Leon Jankowski of Somersworth.
Doris however, upstaged him on camera. In 1971 she hit the frustratingly difficult 1-7-10 jackpot shot twice in three matches. Once might be dismissed as luck, but a doubly-difficult repeat indicates a high degree of skill.
Gillis joined an appreciative public in a sweeping bow to deadeye Doris. And she's only been in the game a quarter century, compared to Nick's first-ball toss 43 years ago.
Singly, they're superb competitors. As a married team, there's never been a better tandem in candlepin history.
It certainly can be said of George Girardi Sr. that he mixed it up with the best. He made a name for himself in the 30's, 40's and early 50's as he competed against the elite of the candlepin world. His career matched him against many Hall of Famers for large purses. Hailing from Athol, Massachusetts, a hot-bed of candlepin bowling activity, it was easy for him and his partners to find competitive action.
When Girardi was 17 years old, his dad Andy beat him in a five-string sweepstakes. From that early awakening he went on to dominate the candlepin scene. In 1935 he rolled a 396 triple in pro match play and led the league in average. Teaming up with Stub Emery, they defeated a doubles team of Morin and Scanlon. Girardi had an 1185 in one of the matches. Before some 300 fans, he defeated Danny Kelvey of Northhampton with an 1183, rolling a 404 for his final three strings. After losing a match to the late Hall of Famer Johnny Tagg and partner Jim Gurry, Girardi and Emery got revenge in a return match. In defeating two other Hall of Famers, namely Francis Chiminello and Jimmy O'Lindy, Girardi had an 1121. Girardi occasionally rolled singles matches and before a full house defeated Jimmy O'Lindy, posting an 1190 and rolling a 423 for the third, fourth, and fifth strings.
Many other large purse doubles and singles matches were held and in 1940 he and Fred Meehan teamed up to defeat Hall of Famer and then World Champion Joe Bonigle, and his partner Jimmy O'Lindy. There was a period through the 40's when he competed and defeated an array of Hall of Famers including Tom Muscola. Girardi won the Central Massachusetts District Tournamnet a number of times.
He totaled a 641 for five strings while bowling with Fred Meehan. Girardi was active in bowling benefit matches for the Red Cross and on March 8, 1943 he defeated Hall of Famer Fred Emery by 92 pins as he crayoned an 1191 for a $1,500 purse. Later, he and Meehan teamed up to win a $2,000.00 match over Jake Deduck and Harry Aristhusik by 96 pins. In 1948, as his candlepin career was tapering off, Girardi and Hall of Famer George (Gaspipe) Gastonguay ended up in a tie with 1131 in the M.B.A. Singles Championship. He later lost out in a special roll-off.
Upon his fathers death, Girardi had to reassess his love of the sport of candlepins and became more active in the family business. He still carried a 109 average in 1949 and qualified once again for the World Championships as he bowled an 1116 in the Central Massachusetts Championships. His final competitive match came in 1952 before some 1500 fans at the Metro-Bowl in Worcester. He finished third in the Central Massachusetts Championship finals.
Girardi had a spectacular career, but what made his ability more impressive was that his phenomenal scores were bowled on wooden maple pins and deep gutters without sidekicks and dropped pin decks.
Girardi has a son, George Jr., two grandchildren, three step-children, and four step-grandchildren. His wife of six years, Dorothy, is here with him tonight.
In recommending South Hadley Massachusetts’ Tony Guilbeau for the ICBA Hall of Fame, former Holyoke Bowladrome proprietor Charles Soskovic described Tony most aptly. Charles stated "Tony brought excitement to our lanes and to every house in which he bowled. He conducted himself as a gentleman at all times". Indeed, this is the Tony Guilbeau we salute tonight.
Tony started bowling Candlepins as a high school sophomore, in 1962, at Holyoke Bowladrome. In 1965, Tony won the junior all events title in Woburn, MA. Throughout his years as a youth bowler, Tony made several appearances on Junior TV bowling shows, setting the stage for many adult appearances in the years that followed.
In 1966, Tony won the WNECA All Events Championship and followed this title up in 1967 by winning the All Events Championship at his home lanes, Holyoke Bowladrome. Tony liked the latter title – he won it five times in succession from 1970 to 1974!
In 1972 and 1973, Tony became the third and final male bowler to repeat as the MBA’s All Events Champion. Also in 1973, Tony won the World Doubles Title with fellow inductee Gary Duffett and teamed with Dolores Norsigian, Judy Fern, and fellow inductee Don Riley to also win the World Mixed Teams Title.
In 1974, Tony averaged 130+ for 90 strings at Holyoke Bowladrome and in 1976 he rolled a career high string of 212.
Although arthritis ended Tony’s competitive days prematurely, he continued his involvement in candlepin bowling by serving yearly as head instructor to over 300 boys and girls at Holyoke Bowladrome.
We are honored to welcome this fine gentleman into the ICBA Hall of Fame.
South Hadley, MA
Consistency was the earmark of Julia Hanusiak's candlepin career that spanned more than four decades.
From 1955 to 1972, she was high average bowler in the New Brunswick Provincial Ladies' Tournament 11 times, including seven consecutive from 1963 to 1969. And, if she wasn't first, she was usually second as six runner-up finishes will attest.
On three occasions - 1968, 1969 and 1971 - she topped the Maritime Ladies' Tournament. Three other times she was second and four other times third. During those Provincial and Maritime Tournaments, Julia had the high single four times and the high triple seven times.
Perhaps her greatest claim to fame is the role she played with the Moncton Gems, one of the greatest women's teams ever assembled in New Brunswick.
For 26 years, she captained the Moncton Gems and was the team's leader when it won a record 22 New Brunswick championships and Maritime titles in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970 and1976. From 1971 to 1976, again during her captaincy, the Moncton Gems successfully defended the Schooner Cup a record 78 times. She bowled anchor for the Gems and many of those matches were won with her late-game heroics.
Julia startled the New Brunswick area when, during its 1966 championship tournament, she became the first women to register a 400 series.
She was noted for her aggressive delivery and her accuracy, both of which made her one of the most, if not the most, feared woman on the lanes during a period of more than a quarter of a century. In special events throughout the Maritimes, Julia was most effective not just against women, but against men as well.
Her career highs are 176 single, 401 triple and 112 average.
The thrill of a tufted titmouse, the thrill of a strike, the mating call of a chickadee, the cry of "Spare" on lane three, all are equally joyous sights and sounds to Mrs. Earl D. Holt.
Birdwatcher, outdoorwoman, poetess with eye for song and sonnet, Vera broadened life's dimension with her initial bowling venture almost a half-century ago in Bar Harbor.
The devoted gardener has harvested 45 trophies since she began "swinging down the lanes."
Like wine, she's improved with years. An up-and-at-'em 81, Vera hit her candlepin peak just shy of her 75th birthday. She was a member of an Ellsworth women's world championship team in 1965.
Far from packing it in, Vera in 1966 was for the third time a member of the Maine women's championship quintet. In 1969, she paired with Marge Plaisted, Ellsworth High physical education instructor, for the Eastern Maine Class A doubles title.
She lost the EM Class A singles crown that year "by one lousy pin." Her averages in four tourney leagues - 100, 101, 101 and 102 - were best.
She was a member of an Ellsworth Memorial Auxiliary No. 109 team which captured state honors among 22 combines. It would have been difficult to lose, she concedes. Former Maine champions Eleanor Patten and Ida Trenholm firmed the fivesome completed by sparklers Georgia Johnston and Leah Allen.
Mrs. Holt notched what may be a world five-string record score of 669 in an Eastern Maine title match.
Mrs. Holt tried tenpins while visiting her daughter in Seattle, Wash. She hit 200, termed the game to easy, and hurried back to the Pine Tree State and the small balls.
"Best - and cheapest - entertainment I know," is her Down East philosophy of three or four nights out weekly, largely at her "home" Hillside Lanes in Ellsworth.
Peter Iannuzzo's bowling career spanned more than 35 years and it was during the 1960s and 1970s that he left his mark. A debilitating cracked heel bone ended his competitive career pre-maturely, but he left his mark on the game.
Iannuzzo didn't win a countless number of titles through the years, but was known as one of the game's most consistent performers. It was a rare rolloff, state or world tournament that the name Iannuzzo wouldn't surface among the top five finishers.
He did however win his share.
In 1971, he won the worlds men's doubles with Fran Onorato and in the mid-'70s he teamed with Shirley Recco, Jo Bartlett and Onorato to win the world mixed teams. In 1967, his 129 average was tops in the New England Pro Candlepin League and that year, too, he won the Channel 5 Candlepin Classic.
Iannuzzo is perhaps best known for his televised appearances. He appeared on all the television shows, but saved his best for the popular Channel 5 show.
He appeared 41 times from June 8, 1963, when he lost to Hall of Famer Mike Saniuk, to January 20,1979, when he lost to Jack Ray. In 41 appearances, he had a 30-11 record with a high single of 190 and high triple of 459. When he bowled his 190 in December of 1969, it was, at that time, the highest in the show's history. Iannuzzo's appearances, high single and high triple, all ranked among the top 10 during the show's 37 year span. Among his 30 televised victims were many ICBA Hall of Famers.
It is only fitting that Iannuzzo be inducted tonight along with Onorato, with whom he won a world men's doubles title.
Iannuzzo is 57 and is a leader lineman for Boston Edison. He lives in Waltham with his wife, Beverly, and has four children, Joseph, Peter, Andrea and Dina.
Polly and the television cameras are compatible. The Newmarket, NH, resident has a record 9-0 under the glare of the electric eye.
Jabre passed her first TV test on the Maine show in 1961. She defeated Eleanor Patten, Ellsworth over the three string route, 316-298. She returned to Scarborough's Big 20 Lanes early in '62 to shade Dot Cleveland, South Portland, 293-275.
Jabre hooked up with Sandy Bailey for New Hampshire Bowling Association doubles title in 1963 and 1964. Third in the '63 NHBA singles, she vaulted into the world singles title spot in '63 with a ten string 1,204.
As she found WGAN-TV in Portland friendly, so too did she respond to the lens of WMUR-TV. In turning back seven Granites State opponents, she averaged 117 a string.
Her record in order was 352-302 vs. Barbara Tosi, 346-313 vs. Buddy Brendle, 332-302 vs. Vera Gray, 374-300 vs. Beverly Hammer, 343-320 vs. Janet Francoeur, 364-331 vs Mary Crawford, and 354-304 vs. Madeline DuBois.
Accomplishments in 1964 include world mixed doubles champion with Vince Lugg, world women's all events runner-up, and NHBA state singles runner-up.
Allyn Joy enters the International Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame on the basis of thirty-seven years of outstanding performances in Candlepin Bowling, largely taking place in his home state of Maine.
From 1976 through 2003, Allyn was a member of twenty-two combined Maine State Championship Men’s and Mixed teams. He also was a member of eighteen winning men’s and mixed teams in state competition; he won three Maine State Singles Championships as well! Quite a resume, to be sure, and I have only begun to expound!
Allyn’s outstanding Candlepin ability has earned him many other coveted statistics in “our” sport. For example, Allyn has 4 State of Maine Candlepin records to his credit. These records include an 814 high-five total at Vacationland in Saco, Maine, an All Events record of 5319 for forty strings, (tied with Hall of Famer, Russ Nealey), a Men’s Team record set in 2004 and a Mixed Doubles record for twenty strings of 2544, with his wife Val.
On the Maine Pro Tour, Allyn won twelve individual tournaments and was the Maine Pro Bowler of the Year on two occasions. On the WCBC Pro Tour, Allyn won tour stops in 1981 and 1982; he finished in the money on this tour much more often than not.
Allyn also established five “house records” in the state of Maine. These include the 814 five string record at Vacationland, a five string record of 721 at Columbus Bowl in New Brunswick, a 3 string record of 486 at Big 20 in Scarborough, a five string record of 767 at Beacon Lanes and a single string record of 204 at Colonial Bowling Center in Westbrook.
In 2000, Allyn was a member of the World Championship Invitational winning team, pairing up with Kevin Sparks, Rich Arey, Jim Singleton, Ray Dube, Jim Woodsum, Bert Dube and Eben Hobbs to win this prestigious event.
Allyn Joy has distinguished himself as one of the
long-standing talents in the sport of Candlepin Bowling; tonight we
enthusiastically welcome him as one of the newest members of the ICBA Hall
In more than 40 years of scattering pins all over New England and Canada, its difficult for Charlie Jutras to pinpoint a single feat. There have been so many.
His biggest smile comes from the memory of his maiden lane year. The Springfield, MA native averaged 94 at Brightwood Lanes in 1948.
For the next 20 years, there was little to separate him from the pin pack, with the possible exception of high averages of 104 and 105 in the old Western Massachusetts traveling leagues in 1951 and 1952. He'd experience a frustrating string of second place finishes in upper echelon competition.
Service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 through 1955 seemed further to have slowed his fast ball and game zest. However, Jutras crashed the headlines in 1968 with a 130 average, the first roller to achieve this lofty figure. It's been up, up and away ever since.
Jutras has crayoned 400-plus for three strings 320 times, has competed on Channel 5 TV 47 times, 27 on Channel 27. He has won 44 major tournaments, and was runner up 36 times. In addition to his 130 high average, he list a high triple of 485 and high single of 203. Jutras twice has posted 485 at Canal Lanes, Southhampton, MA.
Jutras has been remarkably consistent in a sweepstakes title span from 1965 through 1981. Winning ten string totals were (in order): 1,365; 1,308; 1,364; 1,277; 1,388; 1,315; 1,368; 1,298; 1,381; 1,381; 1,354; 1,333; 1,414; 1,304; 1,348; 1,382; and 1,393.
He captured the Pro Classic on Channel 27 in 1977, won New England championships in 1968 and 1971 at Lawrence, MA, was state All Events kingpin in 1969, world and state mixed doubles champion with Hall of Famer Marcelle Aiken, Belchertown, MA six times, and with partners Dick Chaffee, Dick Smus, and Jim Sanford annexed state doubles crown three times.
Jutras and Al Johnson yielded in the 1991 state doubles final to Jeff Atkins and John Miller, an all-Springfield area match up.
Jutras also was a member of four state championship men's teams.
Individual accomplishments not caught on camera included a 1,475 at Colonial Lanes, Worcester, MA in 1970, and a 203 game at Reading, MA in 1960.
Jutras has rolled many purse matches against Maine aces Charlie Milan III and Don Patchell, and Massachusetts standouts Bob Kelly, Herb Berman, Roland Blondin, and Chaffee. Doubles matches were with Dom Muscolo, Jack David, Tom Olzsta, Fran Onorato, Don Murphy and Rene Peloquin.
Jutras has had more than his share of strikes outdoors as well as in. An aircraft technician employed for 35 years at Windsor Lakes, CT, he's found time to become a bass fisherman of some renown. He's angled heavily and successfully the past 15 years in all New England and in many New York state waters.
Feeding Hills, MA
Tony Karem bowled three nights a week for more than 20 years at both the Park Street Lanes in West Roxbury and the Norwood Sports Center in Norwood, Massachusetts.
During this span of time, Tony amassed many individual and team awards, setting a standard for fellow league bowlers to strive for.
It is not Tony's league accomplishments, however, that have propelled him into the spotlight tonight. Rather, it is the 14-week reign he held on Channel Five that best served him in gaining entry into the Hall of Fame.
His winning streak began on February 28, 1970, with a victory over fellow inductee Jim Barber and ended with a loss on June 6, 1970 to Nick "Sixty" Vassalotti of Watertown. Along the way he defeated such notable performers as Ed Arsenault, and Hall of Famers Bernie Duhamel and Don Beaupre.
In addition to his celebrated achievements on Channel Five, Tony also captured the 1964 Massachusetts State All Events title as well as the State Doubles title with Hall of Famer Mike Saniuk in the late 1960's.
Tony taught others as a personal instructor at both Park Street Lanes and Norwood Sports Center when his competitive days were over.
|Edgar N. Keith
The 76-year-old Keith, born in Boston one year after the candlepin game was introduced in Worcester, Mass., gained his greatest bowling fame while based in Bangor, Maine. The five-time Maine champion, prominent in such varied sports fields as golf, hunting and fishing, traveled extensively in candlepin country.
Keith knocked down his first pin in 1910 at Cambelltown, N.B., nine years later made his team debut with the Pittsfield, Mass., Baptist Church keglers and caught the "bowling fever" the next year as a member of the Biddeford, Maine, Congregational Church team.
Keith launched a long area success run from Bangor.
He won his first Maine title in 1939 against Billy Manning of Portland. He retained the title in a return match four weeks later.
Keith mowed down such upstate greats as Gray Ervin, Houlton; the Rev. Wayne Robinson, Arthur Atwood and Ralph Scott, Bangor; Clarence Modery and Jerry Cariani, Skowhegan; Joe Luchini, Ellsworth, and Eddie Garon, Portland.
As durable as he was expert, state champion Keith in 1941 shattered five Bangor Bowlaway marathon records on the way to a 25-string total of 3,102. His six hour two-lane, no rest 50-string total of 5,523 in 1927 at Bill and Forest Fleming's Bangor Bowladrome was another world high, and his 190 single stood for several years.
Know as the "iron man of the alleys," Keith frequently rolled against the five best of an Eastern Maine bowling hotbed. Invariably, he finished fresher and with a higher score than the combined forces.
The Bangor Kiwanis Club in 1928 advanced Keith as best of it's organization in New England. In 1938, he was selected by that group as a New England delegate for a goodwill pilgrimage to old England. World War II intervened.
Remarkable as were his Eastern Maine feats, Keith seemed to improve with years. Moving to New Hampshire in 1957, he was a spry 69 when he tallied 647 for five strings and teamed with Mrs. Hazel Tilton, Laconia, for the NH mixed doubles title. At 74, he clipped 422 for three strings. He bowls in four Laconia leagues each winter.
Keith has missed few sports and community affairs stops in a full life. He was a golf champion at Penobscot Valley Country Club, Oronao, Maine, in 1944 and 1945, and took a mild plunge into politics in 1964 as a coordinator of the Laconia campaign for John Pillsbury as New Hampshire governor. He is a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner and World War I veteran.
The Hall of Fame honor brings to full scale a Keith career embedded in New England. He began as a hod carrier to earn money to attend the New England Conservatory of Music. He met honeymoon expenses by tuning pianos along their travel route. Their battered car,, lacking even a spare tire, was furnished by a dealer who deferred payments until return.
A daughter, Mrs. Marion Keith Higgins, is a piano teacher in Laconia. Son Austin, a B-29 command pilot in the Pacific, was killed in World War II. Marion was graduated from the University of Maine. Austin was a UM sophomore when he entered the service.
& Lake Port NH
When one thinks of great left-handed bowlers, the name Bob Kelly immediately comes to mind, for he truly was one of the great ones- perhaps the best.
He’s one of just two bowlers, Charlie Jutras being the other, who appeared on Channel 5’s television show across five decades—the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. One of his most memorable matches came on July 18, 1970, when, despite rolling a blistering 410, Kelly found himself a loser by 28 pins to Mike Sargent, who had a 438. It was one of the few times in the show’s long and storied history, that a bowler had a 400 triple and lost.
But the Acton native wasn’t just a singles player. He teamed up with Marie Thompson to form one of the most dominant mixed doubles teams in candlepin history. During one stretch—from March 25, 1961 to April 29, 1961—Kelly and Thompson won six straight times on Channel 5’s mixed doubles show by an average of 63 pins! He and Thompson later won Massachusetts and world mixed doubles championships; he also paired with Don Patchell to win the Record-American Sunday advertiser Men’s Doubles Championship.
Kelly was at his best in 10-string singles tournaments. He won 18 of them over the years, including the Milan Memorial in Brewer, Maine and the James Ross Memorial in Lawrence, Massachusetts, twice each. When he won the Ross Memorial for the first time, he rolled strings of 144-121-131-147-137-100-133-154-137- and 145 for what was then a record 1,349. Along the way, he also snared the Worcester Telegram-Gazette Central Massachusetts singles title.
Kelly, a former radar man on the destroyer K.D. Bailey in European waters, began bowling seriously in 1952. His uncle was John Crowley, a one-time world record holder, and Kelly recalls his uncle telling him he shouldn’t be bowling because he was a lefty. Kelly, nonetheless, persevered and went on to have an illustrious career.
At the height of that career, Kelly averaged 128. He sports a high single of 196, high triple of 472, high five of 713 and high 10 of 1,403.
Tonight, Kelly takes his place among the game’s elite
and the ICBA proudly welcomes him into its Hall of Fame.
The late, great sports broadcaster and ICBA Hall of Famer Don Gillis, once called Rosario Lechiara one of the most animated characters he had ever seen. The thousands who watched Lechiara perform in person and the tens of thousands more who saw him work his magic on television, can’t argue with Gillis’ assessment.
Rosie, however, backed up his antics with performance.
Lechiara performed best in pressure situations. Who can forget the 1984 Massachusetts State Open Singles Championship when Lechiara entered the 10th and final string needing a 163 to beat Tim Lipke? No problem. Rosie opened the string with spare-strike-spare-strike-strike and took a seat with a 109 half. He then coasted home with a 57 for a 166 total to knock Lipke off his perch.
Lechiara, a retired bricklayer, became a household name on Nov. 27, 1967, when he made his television debut on Channel 5 with Gillis calling the action. All he did was mark in every box en route to a 177 string. Several have done it since, but Lechiara will always be remembered for being the first, and, of course, for his theatrics.
Said Gillis: “The electricity in the place was phenomenal, and Rosario was extremely colorful in expressing exultation or disgust with what were very obvious gestures.”
Tonight, the ICBA proudly welcomes Rosario Lechiara
into its Hall of Fame.
|Donald J. Leger
Durable as well as dazzling may best describe Donald J. Leger of Fredricton, New Brunswick. From 1956 through 1982 he was a champion force in Canadian candlepins. Excursions in the United Sates were rare but eye-catching. He place third in the world singles championship at Big 20 Lanes, Scarborough, Maine, in 1973, and sixth at Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1970.
Personal best were a 197 single (1970) and 468 high three (1988). He was a member of four Maritime title teams, the first with the Fredericton Castles in 1956, and others with Oromocto Bowl, Oromocto, New Brunswick, in 1968, 1969 and 1970. He sparked six New Brunswick championship quintets. The first two were with Oromocto, in 1972 and 1974. The others with Marysville Lanes in 1978, 1979,1980 and 1982.
His individual high average from 1970 through 1974 is a New Brunswick Men's Provincial championship tournament record, as well as his seven high tourney averages.
His winning averages for the most part improved after a rather modest 109.6 total in 1973 Maritime action. New Brunswick tournament totals were, in order, 120.7; 120.8; 120.8; 118.3;118.7; 123.4; and 123.6. In 1967, Leger received the Myer Budovich Memorial Trophy as the outstanding athlete in Fredericton.
Leger, a charter member of the New Brunswick Candlepin Bowlers Association, has been president of that group the past six years. That body now has 3,500 members.
Tony's involvement in the sport has spanned four decades. Not only has Tony excelled as a competitor, he remains today a partner in two candlepin bowling establishments: Peabody Metro Bowl and Leo's Super Bowl in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
Tony was a yearly visitor to Channel Five from 1963-1966. In 1964 he made one appearance, however, he had other things to celebrate. Tony won the 1964 State Singles Championship in the prestigious yearly event sponsored by the MBA.
With this title under his belt, Tony returned to his winning ways on Channel Five in 1965. Tony once again won five matches. One of his victims was Hall of Famer Dick Chaffee. He lost twice that year as he won two separate TV roll-offs.
Tony returned in 1966 and was victorious over Hall of Famer Fran Onorato and lost to Hall of Famer Pete Iannuzzo. Tony took some time off with his young family and returned to Channel Five in 1972. He made up for lost time, winning five times again and losing in his sixth week. Among his five victims was Hall of Famer Mike Saniuk.
Tony made six more appearances between 1973-1976; his record for these appearances was 3-3. All told, he appeared on the show 28 times.
Timothy L. Lipke was born in Manchester New Hampshire on October 4th, 1955. Tim attended schools in Manchester, graduated from Manchester Central High School and attended college at Notre Dame; Tim married the former Wendy Bettez in October of 1981. Tim began his bowling career, at the age of six, at Lakeside Lanes in Manchester New Hampshire. As a teenager, he began bowling in some very competitive leagues. As happens with many young bowlers, his mindset was on of his difficult issues; however, with a lot of coaching by another bowling great, Al Cloutier, he overcame those issues and became a more dedicated and mature competitor. One of his first championships came in 1968 when he won the New Hampshire Midget State Doubles title with Mike Chouinard. One of his greatest accomplishments was winning the True Value Championship, hosted on Channel 5 by Don Gillis. Tim had won 11 straight shows, putting him into the live championship show in 1985. Here is where this fine competitor rolled the first "Triple Strike" in the history of this Championship Show, and will long be remembered as the only Granite State bowler to have achieved that accomplishment.
Perhaps the musical hit of the Sixties. " From a Jack to a King" best describes Tim's accomplishments:
Tim Lipke a Junior Champion bowler, Adult Champion Bowler, Bowling Center Employee, (Tim worked at Londonderry Bowling Center for 14 years) and finally, the Proprietor of Lakeside Bowling Center, (which he purchased in 1999 with his wife Wendy), has been a very active bowler for 46 years; even now as an owner/operator, Tim can still compete with the Pro's. Tim's High Average is 137, his High Three Series is 515 and his High Single is 215; he has recorded four 200 plus games. In his spare time Tim keeps busy with his hobbies of Antique Cars, Golf and his Harley Rider.
Toni-Marie Baldinelli-Lopes enters the ICBA Hall of Fame tonight in recognition of a stellar Candlepin career that spanned four decades.
At the age of six, Toni was sporting a ninety-six average at Baldinelli's Bowl-A-Way, (now Leo's Superbowl), in Amesbury Massachusetts. The lanes were a family enterprises, with Toni's beloved father, Hall of Famer Tony Baldinelli, at the forefront of the business. In her youth, Toni became a child star on Channel Five's popular youth bowling program "Winning Pins", appearing more times on that show than did any other female competitor. She also amassed a plethora of State and World titles as a youth bowler a harbinger of what her adult Candlepin bowling career would manifest.
From the early 1980's to the mid 1990's, Toni-Marie became the dominant female competitor in the sport. In MBA State competition, she won the prestigious All Events title six times between 1982 and 1995. She won the MBA Open Singles title in 1983, 1986 and 1989, the Ladies Doubles Crown in 1982 and the State Mixed Doubles Honors in 1982 and 1991, (with Tom Olszta), and in 1996 with fellow inductee Jack Ray. Her 1988 Ladies Team set an MBA record in winning their competition with a score of 1831. Over the years, Toni won additional Mixed Doubles events with such notables as Ed Arsenault, Rosario LeChiara, Bert Dube and the late Hall of Famer, David Romani.
In competition on the WCBC Pro Tour from 1980 - 1989, Toni won Bowler of The Year Honors four times, while finishing as Runner-Up on three occasions. Winning her first title; in 1973 at the age of eighteen, Toni Marie finished her WCBC career with eleven overall victories.
Throughout her tenure on the lanes, Toni-Marie won many incidental events and titles; most noteworthy among these events was her captaining her Ladies team to five victories against the Canadians in International World Competition.
In television competition, Toni-Marie made over 200 appearances from 1966 to 1996, sporting thirty-seven wins on Candlepin Bowling with Don Gillis alone!
Toni-Marie made several contributions to the games and it's youth. She founded the Atlantic Coast tournament with Canadian youth versus the Americans, and served as the Head Coach from 1992-2002 for the ICYBA group at Pilgrim Lanes in Haverhill, Massachusetts. She remains the only Female President of the WCBC Pro Tour to date, having served for four years in that capacity. She was the 1996 recipient of the Stasia Czernicki Memorial Award in recognition of all she has meant to the betterment of the Candlepin Industry.
Tonight Toni-Marie joins her father and the other past and present greats of the game, taking her well-earned place in the ICBA Hall of Fame.
The first kegler to top the magic 1,300 mark for ten strings, a 1,303 while winning a star studded tournament at the Bedford Bowladrome, Manchester, N.H., has other ample competitive credits for entry in the Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame.
The Dover Sports Hall of Fame member in the 50's set such longstanding records on his home lanes, Andy Corteau's Bowling Center, as 185 single, 459 triple and 1,283 ten strings.
Another record of lengthy duration was a 175 rolled on the Channel 13 TV show from the Big 20 Lanes, Scarborough, Maine.
Lugg reigned as Dover singles titlist from 1956 through 1960. He was New Hampshire state singles king in '56, '58 and '59. He and partner Al Harrison took the N.H. state doubles crown in '58 and '60.
Lugg's first world title came in '59. He paired with Joe Cawlina, Lynn, Mass., for the men's doubles diadem. Cawlina also enters the Candlepin Hall tonight.
Though the singles title remained just out of reach, rivals respected Lugg's ability. In the World Open elimination tourney at Norwood, Mass., in '61, a 60-string affair, Lugg blasted a 1,239 opening ten string total that included a 196 single. His second round 1,291 featured a final five-string 713.
The smooth curveballer, ever the gentleman at the foul line, turned his talents to golf in 1973. He was for eight years a member of the board of directors at Cocheco CC, Dover, and club president in '79-'80 and '80-'81.
World traveler and civic leader, Lugg's warm personality and courteous demeanor won him a host of friends and admirers.
Deceased November 2009
The late Jack Lynch, of Salem, MA, began bowling in his native Newburyport in 1927, didn't participate in active leagues for 25 years, then returned to the scene with a bang.
Lynch in 1953 captured the world candlepin championship with a then impressive ten string total of 1,119 in Dorchester.
The next year, Lynch placed fourth in the world title test, and won the Herald Traveler MBA all events crown.
Lynch and Alice Alukonis in 1954 defeated the formidable team of George Gastonguay and Eleanor Kelly 1,113 to 1,090.
Lynch remained a top flight competitor through 1969, when he paced the Salem Moose league in average.
Other Salem Moose league laurels included runner up, 1967-68; high average of 104 in 1968; high average of 108 in 1965; and member of first place team, 1965.
His 106 was high average in the Salem Merchants league in 1962-63. GEEAA notable achievements included mixed doubles, second 1953; $3AA singles, 1955; five string open, third 1954; men's 5 A8s, second, 1952; 6 events tourney, second doubles, 1955; winner with daughter Joan in family tournament, 1956; Class A, first, team, 1956; men's 5A second, 1952; and medals and clocks, 1950.
Lynch won the Beverly city championship in 1955.
Beverly Chamber of Commerce credits included high average of 105.79 in 1958-59; high triple of 395 in 1959-60; high single of 170 in Early Bird division in 1966-67; and high average of 109.2 in Early Bird division in 1961-62.
When Lynch broke back into bowling ranks, he was active at Heff's the old Post Office, Colonial and Candlepin Lanes, Salem; Post Office, Lynn; Lucky Strike and All-Star Lanes, West Lynn; and the Beverly Bowl-o-mat.
Retired from the General Electric Company, Lynn, Lynch and his wife Mary resided at 7A Colonial Terrace. He died April 28, 1980.
His is remembered fondly on the Salem scene for stirring matches with George Alferis, Buster Perrone, Joe Cwalina and Gastonguay.
Cwalina and Gasonguay are Candlepin Hall of Famers. It is fitting that Lynch join their classy company.
Mrs. MacMullen admittedly is "crowding 80". She's also pushing aside most candlepin challengers. She'll be at home in the ceremonies at Maine, having spent much of her extremely active life as a resident of Lewiston and Skowhegan in 1945 and her unofficial Maine titles proud Pine Tree Staters must admit Mrs. MacMullen began bowling in Boston a half century ago and now calls Cambridge her bowling home. She recently won the Cambridge trophy for high average and led a title team.
Skowhegan, ME & Cambridge, MA
William F. Manning
Billy Manning the "boy who came in out of the rain" to become one of Maine's mighty men of the lanes, was at his best while battling Hall of Famers Paul Poehler, Everett, Mass.; Ralph Pearson, Portland, and Edgar Keith and Ralph Scott, Bangor.
During a storm, teenaged Billy ducked into a Portland bowling spot, picked up a ball and began a thunderous association with the sport that has spanned a half-century.
Manning won his first Maine title in 1927, from Ovide Caron of Westbrook. He defended successfully for two years against such stalwarts as Leon Smiley, Skowhegan; Emery Russell, Lewiston, and Keith.
Caron dethroned Manning in 1929, but Manning regained the title from Pearson that year. Pearson again upset Manning in 1930, and the Portland pair the next six years waged tremendous matches. Interspersed was a Manning title loss to Scott in 1934.
Manning dethroned Charlie Burns of Portland in 1937, swapped the title with Eddie Garon, Portland, the same year, and surrendered the Pine Tree State title to Keith in 1939. So strong was Manning's competitive drive that he made a strong challenge of state champion Bob Hobbs, Norway in 1949.
Manning set a flock of scoring highs in the wooden pin era. His three string 435 at Portland's Congress Square in 1925 was a three-string lane record, and he hit 435 in 1935. He clicked a ten-string 1,223 in 1927, crayoned a state match record 2,315 in 1928, and matched that 20-string score in 1937. Highest ten strings in title action was 1,197 in 1927, during his first title defense against Pearson at Portland's Monument Square lanes.
Far form his top ten tally, but most rewarding, was Manning's first title challenge. Champion Caron's match conditions were that Manning could not roll on his home Monument Square lanes, specifying Portland's High Street lanes, and that the customary $100 side bet was out. The 'bob or two" wager was meat and drink to the fiery Manning.
Match windup was at Westbrook's Bridge Street lanes, where a 1,100 total hadn't been threatened. A Caron backer waved a $10 bill and shouted that Manning wouldn't hit 1,100. Manning answered, "You're on," notched 1,104 and pocketed the sawbuck.
To Manning, that feat was as sweet as a win over Peerless Paul Poehler in the Paper City.
Herbert H, McBride
Two-time world candlepin champion Herb McBride, a car-train crash victim Jan. 13, 1983, perhaps was known to and respected more by high rollers than any competitor in the game's 103-year history.
The long time Portland resident hit bowling's big time coincident with the advent of television and ease of travel, factors not present when Massachusetts aces Paul Poehler and Archie Walsh and Portland pin-picking specialist Ralph Pearson were in their primes.
Setting McBride apart were remarkable feats over a 35-year span. Bud Cornish, late Portland sports editor, termed McBride "Mr. Sweepstakes" for his scoring consistency. At age 57, McBride remained a most feared tourney participant.
McBride had lost little on his crash ball, and at the time of his death had television match commitments on Maine Public Broadcasting and Channel 27, Worcester, Mass. He had been the only Maine qualifier in the Pro Classic at Worcester, crayoning 1,326.
McBride annexed world titles in 1970 and 1971. Though Maine Sports Hall of Fame member Charlie Milan III Brewer, dominated state tourney action from the mid-1950s to the '60s, McBride from '67 through '69 had been rated Maine's most consistent and widely-traveled bowler.
The S.D. Warren Co. scheduler, whose father Robert (Dick) long had been an executive at that Westbrook paper plant, repeated as world champion at Chris Anton's Big 20 Lanes, Scarborough. The Big 20 had been McBride's home base since ideal pairing in 1967 with mixed doubles partner Dot Petty, Portland.
Petty, later to win four world singles titles after four runnerup roles to Stasia Czerncki, Webster, Mass., and McBride had perhaps their most rewarding tour stops in January, 1978, at Leominster, Mass. McBride rolled a winning ten-string 1,447, Petty a triumphant 1,235.
The McBride-Petty duo won the first of many state mixed doubles in '67, and twice took world laurels. McBride also had a two-time hand in Petty's 28-match win streak on the Western Maine TV show.
McBride began his Maine title collection in 1953, dethroning Candlepin Hall of Famer john Piancentini, Portland. McBride and Westbrook's Ed (Bucka) Beaumier in '53 and '54 were second in the national doubles tourney. McBride and Pearson also combined for second '52.
Among McBrides candlepin credits were lane record 1,364 and 1,357 tallies at Queen City Lanes, Manchester, N.H. ; three triple strikes in a winning1,340 in a select Massachusetts event, and nine straight marks during a winning sweepstakes at Natick Mass.
Petty called McBride "the perfect bowling partner, upset only with himself if he fell short of exacting personal standards, and a gentleman always."
Deceased January 1983.
George E. McConville of Portland, who in 1921 became Maine's first men's world champion, is this year's Pine Tree State contribution to the Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame.
McConville's title win was over Red Millar, Revere, in a ten-string match.
McConville, who set many Maine records the first 20 years of the 20th Century, made his debut in the eighth national tourney in Worcester, Mass. in 1914. He crayoned a competitive three-string record 386, but finished behind charter Hall of Famer Paul Poehler, Everett, Mass., and Millar for ten strings. Poehler scored 1,075, Millar 1,074 and McConville 1,072.
In 1941, McConville yielded state laurels to Brunswick native Howard B. Woodward in a 50-string tourney stretched over ten days. McConville won three of the next four state tourneys. His 4,902 was a state high.
No individual champion was recognized from 1909 through 1914, but McConville and Eastport native Fred S. Pine in April of 1913 wrested the Maine doubles title from Portlanders Fred Hooper and Peter Pride.
Poehler and Archie Walsh, Mattapan, along with the game inventors Justin P. White and John (Jack ) Monsey, both of Worcester, may have gained the competitive jump on McConville, but might not have matched his versatility.
Ambidextrous McConville once notched a ten-string 1,100 in a Portland exhibition.
On May 2, 1904 a Portland team of which McConville was a member made its new England debut with a smashing win over visiting Providence.
Richard "Dick" Meserve
It's hard to imagine Richard (Dick) Meserve, born in the Gorham's Corner section of Portland, Maine, where standout athletes abounded in three major sports, gaining Hall of Fame distinction as a bowler.
It's harder still to picture that hard-knocks athlete content with the comparative quiet of Cherryfield, known primarily to Maine baseball followers as the home of former New York Mets pitcher, Carlton Willey.
Meserve and wife Clover are most content with the solitude of that Eastern Maine town, though Dick makes frequent treks to Ellsworth's Eastward Lanes to compete in senior leagues. He was a member of the 1990 Senior Eastern Maine mixed team championship combine along with Hall of Famer, Eleanor Patten Webber. When not on the lanes, Meserve enjoys hunting and fishing, a far cry from the city streets and ball field he knew as a youngster.
Returning from World War II, Meserve plunged into semipro basketball wars as a member of the fast Portland Playland team. When court skills diminished, Meserve turned to candlepins with the same competitive zeal that marked sandlot baseball and semipro hoop activity.
In 1970, Meserve reached the fringes of bowling elite. Meserve out of Scarborough's Big 20 Lanes, was a member of the American Legion's state title team. He raised his game a couple of notches the next year, figuring prominently in the 1971 world championship open team from the Big 20.
Success continued the next eight years. Meserve was a member of the Maine State Open team champions in 1972, and of the Western Sectional Open mixed team champions in 1974. His crash ball and pin picking deftness were especially evident in 1975. He was Maine State Open champion with a 1,399, a career ten-string high; Maine State Bowler of the Year, and a member of the world candlepin open men's team champions. He harvested more titles the next four years as a valued team member. There was a hook-up with the Maine State Men's Open Doubles and Maine State Men's handicap teams in 1979.
He didn't fade when exposed to the TV show camera. He defeated Cliff Damon, 363 to 338, and partnered Lyla Pinkham in mixed doubles win over Ann Hubert and Jerry Forcier, and Betty Hanson and Eve Cousens, the latter match in sudden death.
Meserve's high single was 207, his high three 435.
James Orlando "Jim Olindy" Mezzetti
Jim Olindy, Quincy, Mass., New England candlepin champion in 1929 and 1934, also was ranked in the top ten nationally as a duckpin bowler.
He switched game styles with no loss of efficiency.
Olindy and Hall of Famer Francis Chiminiello in 1934 regained the Massachusetts candlepin doubles title by defeating Fred Emery, Athol, and Dominic Muscola, Springfield.
Olindy and Hall of Famer Paul Poehler captured the Massachusetts candlepin doubles title in 1932, and Olindy and Chiminiello regained the tandem crown in 1934.
His 1,393 total while winning a duckpin sweeps at Brockton in 1931 equaled a New England record set in 1930 by John Fyfe, Lawrence. In 1932 he and Archie Capisto of Boston tied the world two-man duckpin record of 329. Olindy hit 166.
Olindy defeated Nick Toronsky, Willimantic, Connecticut duckpin king, in a qualifying test for the national championship, and captained a Boston quintet which tested a Washington, D.C., combine headed by world duckpin champ Astor Clarke.
The candlepin crowd was surprisingly adept at duckpins. Olindy's team included candlepin aces Louis Cantelli, Providence; Athol (Red) Millar, Revere, and H-F members Archie Walsh and Joe Bonigli, Boston.
Like Olindy, most bowlers of game skills preferred candlepins. Olindy's most friendly - and fierce - competition came from such as Harold Foster, Brockton; Fred McLeod, Boston; William Stenberg, Weymouth; Joe Gordon, Concord, N.H., and current world champion Herb McBride and Ed (Bucka) Beaumier, Portland, Maine.
Olindy's last big bowling effort came in the 1954 national candlepin event at Boston's Huntington alleys. The Portlanders and Olindy and partner Ted Tobin had eyes only for the others' scores. Meanwhile, South Boston's Leo Alford and Dan Michieletti slipped in for the title.
Olindy constructed or remodeled several bowling establishments in the Quincy area. He refurbished lanes on the Southern Artery, and in 1939 provided a swank touch with construction of an 18-lane air-conditioned place opposite the Squantum Yacht Club.
Olindy, born Orlando James Mezzetti in Italy in 1891 died in Quincy in 1964.
Charles Milan III
Tonight the ICBA proudly welcomes Maine's All Time Candlepin Icon, Charles Milan III, into it's Hall of Fame.
One could legitimately argue that Charlie's induction into the Hall of Fame is long overdue; however, Charlie would likely protest that it is premature! After all, at age 68, he just finished as Runner-Up in the 2005 Maine State Men's Championship!
Charlie has won the aforementioned title a phenomenal twenty-three times in his illustrious Candlepin career, setting several Maine State and World records along the way. His Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and Team Titles abound; his television appearances span five decades and reflect many victories and several outstanding performances.
Charlie started his unabashed assault on Maine State Candlepin titles in 1951, winning the Junior State Championship at the age of fifteen and repeating again in 1952. In 1955 he won his first adult title and repeated the fete in 1956. After having spent some time away from the game in college and in the Army, Charlie returned to his winning ways and captured the 1959 Maine State Singles Crown. Charlie hasn't skipped a beat since that title; his outstanding ability has enabled him to compete with the game's best into the new millennium.
Charlie has received several accolades throughout the years for is many accomplishments. To name a few, in 1969, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED named Charlie one of the fifty best athletes in the State of Maine; in 1982 Charles Henry Milan III became one of the youngest athletes, and first male bowler, to have ever been nominated and inducted into the Maine State Sports Hall of Fame! In 1990, the city of Brewer, Maine issued a certificate of commendation recognizing Charlie's twenty-second " State of Maine Championship" title.
Charlie's contributions to the Candlepin Industry are bountiful. He ran the Charlie Milan and the Bridget Milan memorial tournaments for years at his Bangor-Brewer Lanes. For the past twenty years, he has run the American portion of the World Invitational Men's Team Championship tournament that he helped found. He has hosted and bowled on countless television shows throughout his career, even playing the Candlepin version of Ben Stein on one program where bowlers competed in roll-offs to earn the right to face Charlie "under the lights"!
Married to the former Marie Gosselin, Charlie is most proud of their four children, Dawn, Charles IV, John and James. Tonight we join Charlie's wonderful family in welcoming one of the game's living legends into the ICBA Hall of Fame.
John "Lefty" Mitchell
The first round of John "Lefty" Mitchell's world candlepin bowling title against Peerless Paul Poehler on May 18, 1927 had the trappings of a heavyweight championship fight of that colorful era. And why not? Ingredients for a slick promotion were present. The Somerville, Mass. southpaw was based in Worcester then, sight of the the first 10 strings.
John J. "Jack" Monsey at whose Trumbull Street arena the battle was to be joined, spared little in publicity for the matchup of these two game giants. Candlepin's most articulate spokesman for 30 years opened his pin ploy by splitting the world-ranked doubles team of Red Millar and John Christopher. Millar entered the Mitchell camp as manager. Christopher was in the corner of Poehler, the Jack Dempsey of his time.
More than a slight case could be made for Mitchell's chances. In a letter to the Worcester Sports editor March 14, Emmons W. Putnam, John Marshall and Hall of Famer Samuel Friedman pointed out that Mitchell had dethroned Poehler a year earlier and had successfully defended his crown against formidable Victor Billings and early Hall of Famer Johnny Tagg.
A note of mystery added spice to the meeting. Poehler, who dominated candlepins from 1910 to the late 20s, remained on public display, smooth form evident in a 107 seasonal average on 20 lanes in the Boston Suburban League.
Where was Mitchell? Inn a far-off Portland, Maine, honing his delivery and single pin picking against such standouts as James A. and Fred S. Pine, John C. L. "Jack" Sheafe, Michael Mitchell, Fred M. Williams, James Inches, Augustine C. Craig, Fred W. Hooper and Ralph Pearson. James Pine and Pearson are Hall of Famers.
Word came from Maine that Mitchell was ready. Monsey installed bleachers for 300 fans, added 200 floor seats and announced ample standing room space. A huge scoreboard above the pits was erected to keep spectators informed. Eight hundred people saw Poehler take a 100 pin bulge with a superlative 1195 effort. That lead was too great for Mitchell to overcome.
Mitchell remained close to Hall of Famer Joe Bonigli, Dorchester, Mass., as a sterling doubles partner. Mitchell kept his hand in bowling by setting pins at Mike Faia's Lanes in Lynn, Mass.
Mike Morgan was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on June 24, 1956. he graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1974 and he and his wife Kathleen and twenty-four year old son Mike presently reside in Lynn, Massachusetts. His notable Candlepin Bowling career commenced in the 1970's with several appearances on Channel 27's Bay State Bowling show; in fact, Mike bowled against current WCBC Pro Tour president Paul Wambach on the final telecast of that program.
In 1978, Mike had a breakthrough year. He won the Yellow Pages Championship show on Channel Five, winning 406-287 over Joe Donovan. He also won the MBA State All Events title, beating Steve Puopolo in the live finals on Channel Five 140-97.
Finally, Mike placed second in the Men's Doubles with his brother Tom, and third in the Mixed Doubles with his sister Donna, in the same MBA Tournament.
In 1979, Mike teamed with the legendary Stasia Czernicki to finish runners-up to Gary Carrington and Hall of Famer Carol Downey on Channel Seven's Candlepin Pros show hosted by Bill O'Connell and Hall of Fame Don Riley. Gary and Carol each won a new car, while Mike and Stasia had to settle for a trip for two to Bermuda for their efforts!
Mike was a regular in the 1980's and 1990's on all of the televised Candlepin Bowling programs. He and Tom made approximately fifteen appearances on Channel Five's Candlepin Doubles show, and Mike made several individual appearance on Candlepin Bowling with Don Gillis, with several 400 plus totals to his credit.
Mike won two ladder championships on Channel 50's Stars and Strikes show during the Doug Brown and Dan Murphy hosting era, and finished with an impressive 26-7 overall appearance record. During the Dick Lutsk and Mike Moran hosting era. Mike made twenty-six individual appearances and compiled a 15-11 overall record; additionally, Mike bowled in eight mixed doubles shows with various partners. Overall, Mike appeared in seven Tournament of Champions series and won two series titles. Mike has also made several appearances on the current CN8 Candlepin Challenge show; his streak of seven consecutive victories in 2003 presently ranks third overall in the program's history.
Mike holds the record for the highest string ever bowled in the thirty-five year history of the WCBC Pro Tour with 212! Mike bowled approximately fifteen years on the WCBC Pro Tour, winning one "Bowler of the Year" title and notching two Pro Tour victories.
Mike's talent extend beyond the lanes. He is a 10 handicap golfer and played shortstop in eight National Softball Tournaments. He always gives his time to the yearly Rock n' Bowl fundraiser at Pilgrim Lanes; he is also involved in the Youth Travel Program.
The late Tom Morgan was born in Lynn Massachusetts on March 22, 1954. He graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1972. Tom and his wife Linda, presently of Revere Massachusetts, had two daughters Jaime and Kellie, both now in their mid twenties.
Tom's stellar Candlepin Bowling career was joined at the hip with that of his fellow Hall of Fame inductee and brother Mike Morgan. As Bart Madereiros aptly wrote, "It's not so much what they did on their own, but more importantly, what they did as a team that helped distinguish the Morgan's in the sport of Candlepins. Together they shared a unique blend of sportsmanship, charm and charisma that won them the hearts and adoration of many fans. In my opinion, one would be hard pressed to find a better known and more well loved brother duo in any Professional sport than the Morgan's." Touché!
Nonetheless, Tom did quite well autonomously! Tom was the 1983/1984 season Rookie of the Year on the WCBC Pro Tour. As regards televised Candlepin Bowling, Tom made about twenty appearances on Channel Five's Candlepin Bowling with Don Gillis show, and finished runner-up to Tom Olszta in the 1983 Live Championship show 268-254.
On the Channel Fifty Candlepin Stars and Strikes show, co-host Mike Morin states that Tom made seventeen singles appearances and compiled an overall record of 10-7; he also bowled on two mixed doubles shows. In eight seasons, Tom and his brother Mike faced each other four times; Mike won two of the matches as did Tom! When the show was formerly hosted by Doug Brown and Dan Murphy, Tom made about twenty-five appearances and appeared in three or four ladder championship shows.
Tom also made several appearances on Channel Five's Candlepin Doubles show with his brother Mike, and once had a thirteen week winning streak on the Channel Five Skins show! Tom's most impressive appearance was on the 2002 Candlepin Stars and Strikes Tournament of Champions show. In the interim between Tom's qualifying for the show and the date of Tom's championship appearance, Tom was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He had surgery that February and his attempted recovery included a lot of balance issues and falls. Tom remained determined to compete and, indeed he did so. As his friend Bob Kelly wrote in nominating Tom for induction tonight. "He lost the match, but the heart he showed was unbelievable. He didn't even hit 300, but there wasn't a dry house in the house"!
Several tributes to Tom Morgan were made in his final months; the most memorable occurred on Labor Day weekend 2002 when hundreds of adoring friends and fans packed the host hall from start to finish. Additionally, The Youth Travel League championship trophy is named for Tommy. Tom, like brother Mike, was an avid golfer and softball enthusiast, and one of the diamonds in The General Electric Softball League is named for him. Tom was inducted into the Lynn Classical Hall of Fame for Basketball and Baseball. Tom is sorely and lovingly missed by all who knew him.
Commencing his career on Channel Five's long-running "Winning Pins" junior bowling show in 1962. Dan's 11 consecutive victories were a program record for years.
Dan's Channel Five career continued on Don Gillis Saturday afternoon offering; he made over 20 appearances from 1969-1985 and set a program record in 1985 when he topped 400 in six consecutive matches.
Dan also set a record on NESN's "Big Shot Bowling" on September 7, 1985 when he hit 467. Instrumental in bringing this show to the air waves for the WCBC, Dan co-hosted with Bob Fouracre from 1985-1991.
Speaking of the WCBC, Dan's legacy here is again impressive. He won seven individual tournaments, finished in the top 10 nine times and served on the WCBC Executive Board for nearly 20 years. He also served, alternately, as the WCBC's President and Vice-President for a total of eight years.
Dan boast many NHCBA State titles, nearly 30 at last count. He has hosted on Channel 12 in Concord, New Hampshire, and co-hosted on WNDS-TV 50 on their popular bowling programs for nearly 20 years combined.
He also served as a former NHCBA Proprietor's President in connection with his ownership of Boutwell's Bowling Center in Concord.
He won the 1986 MBA All Events State Championship and chairs the ICBA's Instructors School to this day. He produced a "Learn to Bowl" video for the latter in 1990.
Winner of two Golden Mike Awards for sports play-by-play, Dan still plays pretty well himself. He won this year's Senior Pro Tour, and recently hit a career high 203 at age 51! He is also co-chairman of the ICBA Hall of Fame Committee.
Dominic "Musky" Muscolo
Dominic (Musky) Muscolo, Springfield, Mass., world candlepin champion in 1938 and 1939 and many times Western New England titlist, is one up on this nation's No. 1 and 2 men. He silenced the press.
Francis Feighery, then Springfield sports editor, bet Musky he couldn't beat champion Joe Bonigli of Milton in a doubles purse match at Shanley Alleys, Washington Street, Boston. The stakes - a dinner.
The diminutive Muscolo put on a couple of pounds overnight while Feighery sipped bitter brew for a week.
Muscolo took the N.E. Open title at Athol, Mass., again beating Hall-of-Famer Bonigli, and in 1949 at Leominster, Mass., crayoned a world record ten-string 1,286. Bonigli was runnerup in this sweepstakes tourney. Francis Chiminiello, Quincy, another Hall of Famer was third.
Musky once swept five straight sweepstakes in Worcester, Northhampton, Springfield, Quincy and Athol, and in the 1938-39 period was first in 30 open sweepstakes.
He was a his best in head-to-head purse matches. Rivals included Al Morisi, Springfield, Fred Emery, and Hall of Famers Jim Olindy, Quincy, and Johnny Tagg, Fithcburg.
In a 1936 set-to with Emery, supporters of the latter bet 2 to 1 that Musky wouldn't hit 1,000 for ten strings on the maples. Musky responded with a lane record 1,065.
Another pressure moment came in 1951. Musky notched a last-box spare at Waltham, and he and world champ Left Dwyer edged Al Javery and Tracy Sanburn.
Musky posted a three-string world record 456 in 1934. His high single is 187, his high five 641. His pro league average of 110 on maples in 1936 was among the game's best at that time.
Best bowling advice he ever received was charter Hall of Famer Archie Walsh's tip. The Mattapan maestro confided, "If you want to beat the other fellow, keep your eyes on your own alleys, and let him try to beat you."
That tip helped smooth a pin path strewn with difficult deadwood. Muscolo several times in pro and traveling leagues had top average, was a member of a league team taking titles seven of eight years, and notched 13 consecutive marks in a purse match with Emery.
Manager of the Springfield Recreation Bowling Alleys for 20 years, Muscolo hit the road for such community-benefit exhibitions as American Red Cross at Leeds Vets Hospital and March of Dimes at Athol and North Adams.
Small wonder on newspaper account read, "The kid wanted to be like Musky instead of being like President."
Muscolo, now 71, did make the history books via the bowling route. In 1969, West Springfield town historian Esther M. Swift duly recorded Muscolo's two world titles.
Russell J. Nealey, was born November 18th, 1942 in Portland Maine. Russ attended Gorham High School in Gorham Maine. He attended the University of Maine in Gorham and graduated from this institution with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, as a Math Major; in 1972, he received a Masters Degree from the same institution. He loved the Gorham area so much, he then taught math in the Junior and Senior High Schools. In 1982, he left his teaching occupation and decided to go to work for himself. He purchased "Prides Corner Bowling and Recreation Center", which had 14 Tenpin Lanes and 12 Candlepin Lanes with a restaurant and lounge. He sold this establishment 5 years later and purchased the Oxford Hills Bowling Center in South Paris, Maine. He later purchased the Otis General Store in Otis Maine. He further expanded his business holdings with the addition of a 13 unit-apartment complex in Jay, Maine.
Russ started bowling in 1962. even in his younger days, Russ was a very eager competitor, but always a gentleman on the lanes. Be it one, 10, or 100 pins down in a match, he put a total effort into the event, generally overcoming the deficit; never was that effort more prominent than in a match against Walter Reed, being down 99 pins with 2 strings remaining, and winning the match! One of Russ Nealey's toughest matches was back in 1999. His competitor was a young man named Nathan Nealey, his son. This was for the State of Maine Singles Championship. Russ was the winner by a slim 7 pins, but he then realized that he defeated the best bowler in Maine, his opinion of course.
His notable Candlepin Bowling accomplishments include his winning over 30 State of Maine titles! In addition, Russ has won a World Title, an International Candlepin Bowling Association Title, and at least one Maine State Title in 5 different decades; he has bowled on 5 different Television Shows in New England and Canada. Russ was very active in promoting Junior Bowlers in a very successful Junior Bowler Program. Russ was the organizer of the Maine Pro Bowlers Tour; moreover, he became not only it's organizer, but also a Bowler Representative and its President for many years. He is also an active pilot, and enjoys horseshoes, swimming and boating.
Russ is a survivor of 2 types of cancer, thanks to his great doctors, his many friends and especially Russ's former wife, the former Sharon Fogg. Russ married Sharon Sharon in 1994 and together they have six children.
Tonight, we welcome Richard J. (Dick) O'Connell as a member into the International Candlepin Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Dick started bowling over 45 years ago, and made his first TV appearance on the junior TV Show and then moved up to the senior division; he has kept the TV appearances coming ever since! He was even invited on the "Candlepins For Cash" show when it first aired as a promotional appearance!
Dick appeared many times on the Channel 5 Bowling Show with Don Gillis - his record on the show was 24 wins and 8 loses (not counting his appearances on the live championship shows). Besides the fantastic record, he has many other memorable events from this show. He hit the hi-lo jackpot 3 times, had 2 triple strikes and threw a four bagger once! Over his 32 appearances, he scored 400 or better on 14 occasions. His overall average while appearing on the show was an astounding 130.5. He and Gary Carrington hold the record for the highest combined score ever on the show - Dick defeated Gary 468 - 415 for an 883 combined score. (By the way, Dick and Jim Putney hold the record for the second highest combined score of 863).
His record on the live Championship show was just as stellar - 3 appearances, 3 wins. In his efforts, Dick defeated fellow inductee Peter Flynn, Gary Carrington, and Tom Olszta, which makes the wins even more impressive. Dick and Tom Oszlta (4wins) are the only two bowlers to win this show more than once. Dick is the only bowler to have back to back wins on the championship show.
Dick bowled on the Channel 27 show, were he had a 7-3 record, and he had a 3-3 record on Fran Onorato's TV Show.
Dick did not limit his championships to TV - he competed in state tournaments in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In Mass., he accumulated 3 Men's Teams titles, 2 Men's Doubles titles, and a Mixed Teams title. In New Hampshire, he won the Men's Teams 3 times, the Men's Doubles twice, Mixed Doubles and Men's Singles once each.
Dick was a member of the WCBC Pro Tour for many years and has 6 wins to his credit over the years. Dick was the WCBC bowler of the year in the 1982/83 season without ever winning and individual tour stop. He had 2 seconds, 2 thirds, a fourth and a 5th finnish, but his consistency paid off for the title. An interesting fact is that Dick was a member of the WCBC Top Ten Club in 4 different decades!
Dick and his wife Charlene live in Brockton and have 2 children - a daughter Kati and a son Adam. Other than bowling, Dick enjoys boating, golfing and sports in general.
Fran Onorato of Natick, is a champion who has distinguished himself among champions and his illustrious career warrants his induction tonight in the ICBA Hall of Fame.
When they coined the phrase candlepin bowling is "fun for all ages," it must have been with Onorato in mind. He won his first if many world championships back in 1967 when he was 34 and, in 1994, at the age of 61, he stopped the 22-week televised winning streak of Tom Olszta. He's still an active member on the WCBC pro tour.
Onorato's first world title in 1967, when he teamed with the late Stasia Czernicki to win the mixed doubles, was just the first of a countless number of championships. It was in 1969, though, that Onorato had what can only be described as a dream year.
Consider this: That year, he teamed with Stasia Czernicki again to win the world mixed doubles; teamed with Flash Harper to win the world men's doubles and was world all-events champion, too, averaging 137.2 over a grueling 38-string test.
But there's more. In the state tournament, he was singles champ with a then-record 1450 and just for good measure, added the mixed teams and all events championship to his collection of hardware. That year, too, he was featured in the July issue of Sports Illustrated. His last state title came in 1980 when he teamed with wife, Mal, to win the mixed doubles.
His long and outstanding career includes three other world and four other state championships. On the pro tour, he was the WCBC's first winner back in 1972 and its Bowler of the Year in 1980.
Onorato made many appearances on the televised candlepin shows, including 48 on Channel 5, and during one stretch won 12 straight weeks.
Louis Pagnani Sr.
In the early history of candlepin bowling, Lou Pagnani of Quincy was one the game's top performers.
Back in the late 1950s and the early 1960s, when television was first taking interest in candlepins, the championship shows were a bit different. the contestants were based on the number of wins and cumulative pinfall. The format was blind draw and bowl until you lose.
Pagnani was always in the hunt and he beat many of the game's top competitors, among them Charlie Jutras, Tony Baldinelli and Tom Hurley.
When one browses through the winners of world and state tournaments, the name Pagnani doesn't appear often. But take a look at the many leagues he bowled in through his long and brilliant career, check the statistics, and you'll find him at the top or near the top in average, high single and high triple.
Be it the Middlesex Bowlers' Association, the BNS Bowling League, the Engineering Bowling Conference, the Parkway, Brookline, Norwood, Dedham or Suburban Leagues, Pagnani ruled the roost. Averages at or near 120 were the norm rather than the exception. And, naturally, the team Pagnani bowled on were among the best in their respective leagues. Back then, too, Pagnani had his share of 400 series.
Pagnani a welder at the Boston Navy Yard, was involved in many memorable matches against other Navy yards across the state and New Hampshire and his mere presence in the lineup made Boston an instant favorite.
Pagnani also involved himself with youth bowlers, serving as a "Good-will Ambassador" to the many youngsters trying to make it big in the sport. With eight children and 17 grandchildren, he was a natural. He won his last state title in 1980, when he was senior all events champion.
John "Pete" Palumbo
Don Patchell's illustrious and brief candlepin bowling career commenced in 1960 with his employment at the Congress Square Lanes in Portland, Maine. Tutored by deceased Hall of Famers Ralph Pearson and John Piacentini, his ability on the lanes soon became apparent.
Don's first title came in 1962 when he won the Western Maine Championship. From 1965-1968, he amassed state and national titles.
Patchell won two New England Doubles titles in 1965 and 1966. In 1965 he won with Acton's Bob Kelly and in 1966 with Biddefords Don Saucier. Additionally, an 812 final five games enabled Don to best fellow Maine keglers Charlie Milan and Hall of Famer Herb McBrideand win the New England Singles Championship with a 1395 10-string total.
Don reached the pinnacle of the candlepin world in both 1967 and 1968. In each year, he won the Worlds All Events title while setting a personal high 10-game record with a 1458 effort in the singles event of 1968.
In 1969, Don brought his ability to Don Gillis' Channel Five show. There he demonstrated the style and indomitable competitiveness that he had brought him so many previous accolades. He won 11 consecutive matches and hit the hi-lo jackpot on three separate occasions!
Don's final title came with his victory in the prestigious Charlie Milan Classic in 1972. A growing affection for harness racing robbed candlepins of its champion at a young age.
Don enjoyed many successes in harness racing, and also boxed professionally. He was a nine handicap golfer, a state championship softball player and a champion pool player.
In fact, Don sank 61 balls in an exhibition against pool legend Willie Mosconi at the opening night celebration at Haverhill's Pilgrim Lanes.
Ralph P. Pearson
Pearson was called "Poker Face" in Maine and "The Maine Farm Boy" elsewhere. His pin-picking prowess was recognized everywhere.
In his prime, Pearson won 21 straight matches. Small wonder that in an age when a dollar was full value, his standing offer of a $1,000 side bet to any candlepin challenger in the world went begging.
Pearson in 1931 wrested the New England candlepin crown from the great Paul Poehler, Malden, Mass. His successful title defense, in which he exhausted all competition and retired - with trophy - were marked by late match explosions in enemy territory. Pearson's first Maine title came in 1920. Thirty-four years later, he hit 1,144 to pace Maine's qualifying delegation to the world tournament. He has crayoned an official 1,342 ten-string high.
Pearson remains active in lanes management. He's long been connected with Portland's Congress Square Lanes.
Dot Petty has traveled far from her Portland, Maine base in quest of candlepin laurels. She's been handsomely rewarded in a brilliant career that spanned 20 years.
World champion from 1973 through 1976, she became in 1978 the first woman to enter the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
She was worlds singles' best in 1967 and 1978, all events winner in 1972, was with Peg Nixon women's doubles winner in 1969, and with Nixon, Herb McBride and other partners was a member of 10 other world title teams.
She was WCBC Pro Tour Bowler of the Year in 1977, '78, 82 and '83; and in '72 and '83 won two tour stops with totals of 1,254 and 1,284. Dot paired with Wayne Alden for tour mixed doubles honors in 1980.
Petty and McBride in 1978 prevailed over a strong pro tour field in Lunenburg, N.S. McBride scored 1,441; Petty 1,235.
Maine Western and State titles were even more numerous.
Dot was Western Titlist from 1967 through 1972, and State champion from 1969 through 1979. She reclaimed the state crown in 1981.
Petty starred on TV. She made a record number of show appearances on Portland's Channel 13, and notched a record 28 straight show wins in 1968 and 1969.
Her most shinning moment in front of the cameras came on her home Big 20 Lanes, Scarborough. The hour had struck midnight, and her Cinderella comeback seemed to have fallen short. But Petty, renowned for her response to the most intense pressure, crashed a last-box strike for the world crown. The partisan crowd erupted.
Dot's seven Maine ten-string records featured a 1,320 in a 1975 state title match at Hallowell. Other state lane highs were 1,295 in 1968 at Congress Square, Portland; 1,196 in 1969 at Strike 'N Spare, Kezar Falls; 1,191 in 1969 at Waldoboro; 1,199 in 1969 at Colonial, Westbrook; 1,244 at Big 20; 1,220 at Roll-A-Way, Biddeford.
Her TV single of 171 is also a record.
Petty racked up the "Grand Slam" of candlepin bowling in 1969, collecting the singles and being a member of the women's doubles, mixed doubles, and women's team.
Dot was the color commentator on the Channel 10 Candlepin Bowling show hosted by the Big 20's Chris Anton.
After becoming Maine Pro Tour champion in 1985-86, and gaining Pro Bowler of the Year in that period, Petty retired.
Pinpointing her top achievement would be very difficult. Some would single out Petty's distinction as world champion 14 times in six categories. Other might cite her tournament debut in 1963, a surprise triumph in the Record American event.
Insiders say the best measure of Petty as a champion was donation of her 400 title trophies to the handicapped.
Johnny Piacentini has been identified with candlepin bowling for 45 years.
He entered the pits as a 13-year-old pin boy at Portland's Bowlodrome, furthered his lanes education at knee level by waxing the alleys, and within ten years had one of the games smoothest deliveries.
His accurate crash ball in 1953 led to a ten-string 1,216 at Manchester, N.H., and the world singles title. Piacentini also was Maine champion that year. He dethroned fellow Portlander Charlie Harrington, and defended the title five times before bowing to Del Webber of Kittery in a high-scoring battle.
His bowling breakthrough came when he was selected, at age 24, to participate in a prestigious Boston tournament along with Portland sharpshooters Johnny Naples, Vernal (Blubber) Leavitt, Johnny Naples and Eddie Fantasia.
Johnny was known as one of the better "money" bowlers to come from Maine.
There was no bowler that John would walk away from. His uncanny ability to pick single pins made him a threat in every bowling event.
Piacentini and longtime lane sidekick and Hall of Famer Ralph Pearson owned and operated the local Congress Square lanes from 1960 to 1968.
Piacentini now is proprietor of Pine Tree Billiards, Portland.
Tonight, we welcome Janet Poch into the International Candlepin Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Janet has been a dominant force in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire over her years of competitive bowling.
Perhaps Janet's most incredible claim to fame was qualifying for the Channel 5 Championship show in 1994. She was the first and only woman to ever qualify for the show. Although she came up just 3 pins short, it was a remarkable feat in itself for a woman to have one of the 5 highest scores during that Channel 5 taping season. Speaking of Channel 5, Janet rolled the highest single string by a woman (165 in 1991) and the Highest 3 strings for women (422 in 1993) during her many appearances on the show.
Janet holds personal best of a 191 single, a high triple of 459, and high five of 721 and a high ten of 1355. She has competed in the Massachusetts State Tournament, and over the years has amassed 4 All Events titles (1994, 1996, 2002 and 2004) and 2 Ladies Doubles titles with Nance Vestal (1996 and 2005).
She has fared just as well in New Hampshire State Tournaments. She owns 4 All Events titles (1990, 1992, 1994 and 1996), 2 Mixed Teams titles (1984 and 2004), 6 Ladies Teams titles (1987, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2007), a Mixed Doubles title (1990) 4 Ladies Doubles titles (1988, 1994, 2003 and 2005) and 3 Ladies Singles titles (1992, 1994 and 1996).
Janet is also part of two teams that currently hold world records. She holds the 15 string record of 1852 bowled in a NH team event with teammates Celeste Buckmore, Nance Vestal, Cyndi Cawley and Glennis McKinnley. She also holds a 5 string record of 670 bowled in Maine with teammates Debbie Scannell, Annie DeChiara, Nance Vestal and Donna Banzi.
Janet has been a member of the WCBC Pro Tour for many years. Over those years, she has amassed 14 titles, winning her first (and second!) in 1987 and most recently in 2007. She scored runner up title 3 times as well.
Currently residing in Lynn, MA, Janet also enjoys playing golf when she isn't bowling.
During her illustrious career, which spanned more than three decades, Bette Pray was one of the game's top competitors and her demeanor on and off the lanes was one of class and sportsmanship.
Bette Pray won countless state, New England and world championships during her career and is a charter member of the World Candlepin Bowlers' Congress. She won nine WCBC tournaments and was Bowler of the Year in 1973 and 1980.
Only Hall of Famer Stasia Czernicki, with 11 WCBC titles, and Toni-Marie Baldinelli, with 10 have more.
Perhaps her finest season was 1966, when she won the New Hampshire women's doubles, Massachusetts team and New England singles championships and the Lawrence 20-string marathon. That year, too, she rolled a then-world record single of 188 in the Massachusetts Bowling Association tournament.
Ten years later, she had another banner year, winning the Gate City Valentine's Classic, the world's all events title, the NHCBA Pepsi-Cola Pro-Am and the world mixed doubles.
She stopped bowling competitively in 1990 with a 117 average, a high triple of 469, high five of 699 and high 10 of 1298. In 1981, she won five straight times on the Channel 5 championship show. Those figures speak for themselves.
One can only think what might have been had not Bette Pray taken a four year leave of absence from competitive bowling to raise her two daughters.
In 1995, she received the prestigious Boston Globe Stasia Czernicki Memorial Award. Previous winners of the award include ICBA Hall of Famer Dot Petty and Helen Sellew, so it is most appropriate to have Bette Pray of Hampton, NH join them in the Hall of Fame.
August "Gus" Ralph
Gus Ralph of Springfield, Mass., ranked among the Western Massachusetts candlepin elite from 1914 to 1927.
He won many 20-string matches, and his 109 average in a 1916 tournament was considered remarkable. His high triple of 378 in a Western Massachusetts tourney included strings of 118, 148 and 112.
Other credible triples were 393, 354, 351 and 339.
Ralph was an auto accident victim in 1943.
Jack Ray of Stow, Massachusetts enters the ICBA Hall of Fame tonight with credentials that any bowler would aspire to. From his youth to the present, Jack has excelled at the sport he loves and has proven to be a leader both on and off the lanes.
Jack made two appearances in his youth on Channel Five's WINNING PINS show and reigned as the VFW Boy's Champion of Massachusetts in 1968, 1971 and 1972. The next year, Jack, at the tender age of nineteen years, bowled a 220 single string score at the now defunct Sunlite Alleys in Stoneham, Massachusetts. At that time, Jack's score was recognized as the highest sanctioned Candlepin string ever bowled!
Jack continued his winning ways into adulthood, winning the City of Woburn's Adult Men's City Championship on three different occasions in the 1970's.
In the 1980's and 1990's, Jacks proficiency at the sport was cemented. In 1982 and again in 1994, Jack was a member of the Massachusetts Mixed Open Championship Team. Jack captained seven World Invitational Tournament Championship Teams, winning this prestigious event in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992 and 1996. In 1988 and again in 1990, Jack was the Massachusetts Open Singles Champion. Finally in 1996, Jack and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Toni-Marie Baldinelli-Lopes won the Massachusetts Open Mixed Doubles title.
Jack has appeared on television in excess of 120 times in his forty year Candlepin career, and was one of only three bowlers in the history of Channel Five Bowling Show to throw ten consecutive marks. Also, to anyone's recollection, Jack remains the only bowler to have thrown two sets of triple strikes in the same bowling show. This occurred in 1985 on NESN'S BIG SHOT BOWLING SHOW, hosted by Bob Fouracre. Incidentally, Jack's opponent on that show was current WCBC President Paul Wambach, who threw a triple strike of his own!
Jack continues to bowl outstandingly into his 50's, having appeared on Channel 50's CANDLEPIN STARS AND STRIKES show last season where he hit over 400 in the first two of three shows in which he competed. He also excelled this season on the Senior Pro Tour.
Like many of tonight's inductee's, Jack has given back to the sport. Jack served for over ten years on the Executive Board of WCBC Pro Tour, two years of which were as the tour's President. He has appeared at countless charity and youth events throughout his career and is the congenial host of "The Bowler's Bash" at his Stow home each year in July. Jack, his wife Kelly and children Jessica and Mitchell host countless bowlers of yesteryear and the present to a day of games, swimming, great food and camaraderie.
The ICBA warmly welcomes Jack Ray into the Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame.
Jeanette (Robinson) Richmond
Jeanette (Robinson) Richmond was one of the strongest female competitors in the 1940s and 1950s.
During that time, Jeanette's tenure in the Worcester City and Central Massachusetts Leagues netted her several individual high average awards as well as team titles with her Recreation Lanes teammates.
Her star shined most brightly in the popular Worcester Telegram and Gazette's annual championship. In the qualifying round for this tournament, Jeanette made it to the finals in 15 of 16 attempts. Competing against such formidable foes as Hall of Famers Ruth Muthe, Stasia Czernicki And Marcelle Aiken, her two victories, two runner-up and two third place finishes in this event are indeed impressive.
The acme of her success came in 1958 when she won the Massachusetts State Singles crown, bowled Stasia Czernicki in the first ever women's televised match on Channel Five and was chosen to serve as the profile female bowler in the advertising trailer for the popular television show.
Jeanette's 1113 winning total in the 1958 State Singles was a sanctioned 10-game record at that time. She also won three titles in the National Championship at Boston's Huntington Bowladrome in the same year! She emerged victorious in the Mixed Doubles with Clarence Clark, in the Ladies teams with Recreation Lanes and grabbed the coveted singles title to boot.
Although an untimely auto accident ended Jeanette's comeback on May 7, 1967, (she had retired to raise her family in 1960), her many previous accomplishments have earned her a well-deserved spot in the Hall of Fame.
We welcome her.
Don Riley, a resident of Gloucester, Massachusetts, has distinguished himself as a truly dedicated Candlepin Bowler. Don began at a very early age, and at age eleven won the MBA Pony State Singles Championship. Before he became a teenager, he had already been recognized as a competitive bowler, which was only the beginning of his long running candlepin career. Not only did he compete in many events as a youngster, he also continued competitively into adulthood.
Don was the youngest person to win an adult event in 1969, not to mention setting a record score in the Mixed Doubles with Pearl Burbank scoring a 688 series and a total of 1256. Don has won many State and World Championships – too many to mention – but they include Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Team Events, many setting record scores. He still holds the record of 761 for a 5-string event at the Cape Ann Bowling Center in Gloucester, as well as the highest season average of 127. Don continued his winning ways with his final candlepin victory being the MBA (Massachusetts Bowling Association) Class A All Events title in 1987. He then retired in 1992.
To summarize, Don was the most successful candlepin bowler in the history of the WHDH-TV "Winning Pins-Junior Candlepin Bowling" show, winning a record 18 consecutive times. Part of his success as a junior bowler on the show was that he became the only bowler to record a "triple strike" in the history of the program, and he appeared a record 37 times on this candlepin program.
Don continued with a wonderful interest in this game by being a commentator on many of the local candlepin bowling television shows. He was President of the WCBC (World Candlepin Bowlers Congress) Pro Tour 5 times, and is presently a member of the ICBA Hall of Fame Committee and serves as the recording secretary of the MBA. Don’s life revolved around the candlepin sport, but he also found time for many "civic" functions in Gloucester. He is a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, and a member of the Lodge of Elks and also belongs to the National Association of Postal Supervisors.
Don Riley graduated from Gloucester High School and then went to college at the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus. Don’s employment has been with the United States Postal Service, serving as a Supervisor of Distribution Operations at the GMF in North Reading, Massachusetts. He also has a little time to be a substitute teacher and MCAS Test Facilitator at his Alma Mater, Gloucester High School.
Don has represented the Candlepin Industry for many years, and continues to do so presently. We are proud to welcome Don Riley into the Candlepin Hall of Fame, the highest honor to be bestowed upon a bowler.
David Romani of Westfield, Massachusetts, tonight’s only posthumous inductee, was taken from us far too soon.
A product of the family-owned and operated Westfield Bowling Center, Dave emerged from several successful exploits on Channel Five’s junior bowling program to become one of the dominant forces in the sport as a young adult.
From 1971 to 1988, David amassed a resume of Championships that readily define the reason behind his selection for induction onto the ICBA Hall of Fame.
David picked up where fellow inductee Tony Guilbeau left off – winning the Holyoke Bowladrome All Events City Championship four years in succession from 1975 to 1978.
Statewide, Dave fared very well, indeed. He won the MBA State Doubles Championship in 1976 and 1978, was a member of the MBA Men’s Open Team Championship team in 1976, 1979, and 1988 and won the MBA All Events title in 1981. In world competition, Dave won the Open Doubles Championship in 1974 and the Open Singles in 1975. Finally, Dave was the WCBC Pro Bowler of the Year in 1981 and 1982.
David Romani was kind and quiet off the lanes and fearless and explosive on them – he truly was one of the game’s best performers.
We are proud to honor David’s memory as we welcome him into the ICBA Hall of Fame tonight.
Joseph D. Rubbicco
Highlight of D. Joseph Rubbicco's competitive career was a world record three-string 394 in the 1936 Boston American-Sunday Advertiser bowling tournament. Rubbicco smashed singles and all-events records set by Hall-of-Famer Archie Walsh, Mattapan, Mass.
Rubbicco owned and managed lanes in Roslindale, and was affiliated with many Massachusetts lanes.
These included Egleston Square, Roxbury; Grove Hall, Dorchester; Nantasket Beach, Hull; Harvard Square, Cambridge; Salem Willows, Watertown Square, Wellesley Hills and Lexington Center.
A candlepin pioneer, he inaugurated the first outdoor candlepin lanes on Memorial Drive, Cambridge. This was the first in New England to be open day and night, rain or shine.
He was president of the Murphy Pin Setter Corporation, credited with inventing the present day pin setting machine.
Rubbicco criss-crossed New England to compete in candlepins and to promote the game. He died in 1965.
Tracy N. Sanborn
The stretch drive of a Secretariat and the money pitching qualities of a Whitey ford combined to elevate Tracy N. Sanborn of Waltham, Mass. to the Candlepin Hall of Fame.
During the days when a 400 score was a tremendous pinfall for three strings, Sanborn specialized in such closing totals in ten-string test with considerable cash on the line.
Sports pages referred to Sanborn as "The King."
Small wonder. Sanborn reigned supreme in the Watch City, a hotbed of standout competitors, for more than 40 years. He perhaps was highest on the scoreboard from 1937 through 1951.
He was New England Amateur Singles and Massachusetts-North Shore Open champion in 1937, crayoned a world record three-string 401 in '49, paired with former Boston Braves' pitcher Al Javery for the Bay State doubles crown in '50, and with Peggy Deshler was Massachusetts mixed doubles champion in '51.
Sanborn consistently came up with the big ball in the late going despite an unusually small hand that meant using a 3/16th of an inch smaller in diameter than regulation size.
A stellar sweepstakes performer, Sanborn rolled ten-string singles and doubles dollar duels with exceptional success against such sparklers as George Gastonguay and Jim O'Lindy, both Hall-of Famers; Don Dwyer, Leo Alford, Dick Brown and frequent doubles partner Paul Ryan.
For years, Sanborn carried one of the highest averages in the game. Always at the top of strong local leagues averaging 111-plus in '39, he dominated the powerful Inter-City League.
Hardly a "homer," Sanborn carried one of the highest averages in the game. He was a familiar and popular figure in several N.E. establishments, stacking up with the elite in singles, doubles, sweeps and five-man team matches.
Even were he not in the superstar category, Sanborn would have been welcome anywhere. Sportsmanlike attitude and exemplary conduct in competition stamped him a credit to the game.
Mike Saniuk's competitive candlepin career embraced five decades and countless titles, making the Dorchester, Massachusetts, resident a shoo-in choice for competitive ability.
Sorting out lane laurels is difficult, but highlights might include by years.
1952 - Winning 1135 score in a field of 492 in the Record-American-Advertiser national championships (the $2,000 prize at that time was the highest ever in candlepin bowling).
1956 - Winner of R.A.A., all events title; winner of world elimination tournament.
1962 - Member of M.B.A. state tournament title team.
1964 - Repeat winner of world elimination tournament. (Only Hall of Famer Tony Baldinelli also has won two titles).
1968 - Winner of R.A. Sunday Advertiser singles title; first 200 string in M.B.A. state tournament history; with Tony Karem second by one pin in men's doubles to Ralph Soko and Dave Adams.
1973 - With Karem M.B.A. state tourney doubles champion.
1973-74 - W.C.B.C. Pro tour "Bowler of the Year" with 40-string tournament total of 5190.
1974-75 - Runner-up to Gary Duffett in world championships all-events elimination.
1983 - Runner-up team in M.B.A. state tourney (fellow members Paul Berger, Goff Heavner an Don Manchester).
If these feats weren't enough, how about Saniuk's stellar performance under the merciless glare of television cameras?
Making his debut in 1962, he concluded 39 TV shows in 1985 at age 64 as a still-colorful and highly-regarded rival
In 1963, Saniuk brightened the TV hour with the third triple strike thrown on Channel 5.
Saniuk's lifetime high adventure wasn't confined to the lanes. An engineer gunner on B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II, Saniuk flew 22 missions over Germany before being shot down. He parachuted out of the burning plane, was captured, and was a POW for 13 months until liberated by the U.S. Army.
Now retired, Saniuk enjoys life with his wife of 43 years, three children, and two grandchildren.
One would be hard pressed to find a more dominant bowler than Mike Sargent during the 1970’s, 1980’s, and early 1990’s. Whether it was in state or world tournaments, on television or in a 10-string sweepstakes, Sargent, the pride of Bradford, Massachusetts, would be at, or near, the top when the final ball was rolled.
Let the record speak for itself:
>Five world championship titles
He was a model of consistency and never was that more
evident that in the WCBC campaign of 1973-74 when, despite not winning a
single tour stop, he won top honors with one Top Ten finish after another.
That year, he averaged 131.8. All told, he won three WCBC championships.
Ralph W. Scott of Bangor, Maine, who burst on the bowling scene as a boy marvel in the late 20's and remained a title force until retirement in 1941, is this year's entry into the Candlepin Hall of Fame for competitive talents.
The late Mr. Scott first came to candlepin prominence by capturing the Bangor junior city championship. His 1,148 ten-string total against Clifford Washburn included Bowlaway lane marks of 169 single and 646 five string.
Scott followed by dethroning 1967 Hall-of-Famer Edgar Keith for the Bangor city championship, and wrested the state championship from Chet Tuell of Portland in 1931.
Among unsuccessful state title challengers were Portlanders Art Atwood, twice in 1932; Charlie Harrington, in 1932 and 1934, and Billy Manning, in 1934.
The remarkably consistent Scott criss-crossed Eastern and Central Maine for competition. Bangor admirers of the smooth Scott delivery recall the night he defeated area ace Bob Golightly, then racked up a Bangor Bowlaway high of 1,186 against Slim Dunbar.
Scott closed his competitive career in 1941 when he teamed with fellow Bangorian Bill Kenniston for the Boston Record's men's doubles title.
Bob Shepard’s impressive Candlepin Bowling career began to take shape in 1971, when Bob anchored the Beverly Bowl-O-Mat’s Men’s State Championship team with a 439 triple. That team established a tournament record score of 1951, surpassing the previous record score of 1927. Breaking records must have rested well with Bob, as he and his Mixed Team cohorts of Linda Dunn, Linda Mercaldi and Mike Reilly established another one in 1973 with a score of 1505. That score effaced the previous record of 1479, set by a team that included Hall of Famers Pete Iannuzzo and the late Fran Onorato.
In 1974, Bob’s solo efforts took the limelight. Bob emerged as the Men’s State Open Singles Champion with a score of 1351, which included his individual career high single game of 203. His 203 score was recognized as the MBA high single string through November of 1979.
Bob’s onslaught on state titles resumed in 1975 and 1976, when he and Linda Dunn teamed up to win consecutive MBA State Mixed Doubles championships.
In 1978, Bob reached his greatest MBA tournament heights. He won his second MBA Men’s State Open Singles title with a 1414 total that included a high single string of 183. Additionally, Bob finished runner-up in the All Events category, to Hall of Famer Peter Flynn’s MBA record breaking score, 3555-3459. In 1979, Bob won the MBA Men’s State Open Doubles title with Alan Barbeau. Bob’s final MBA state title came in 1980, when he anchored yet another Beverly Bowl-O-Mat championship team; Bob’s individual contributions to the title included a 179 single and a 447 triple.
Bob appeared on the Candlepin Doubles program on Channel Five, as well as Candlepin bowling with Don Gillis. On the latter show, he defeated Jim Orlandi and the late Tom Surrette, scoring over 400 in both of these consecutive victories. Bob also made television appearances on Channel 27’s Bay State Bowling program, hosted by ICBA Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre.
In 1981 Bob established the Beverly Bowl-O-Mat’s house record of 488 for 3 strings, when he bowled consecutive strings of 163, 175 and 150 in league competition. Speaking of leagues, Bob won four high average titles on the prestigious Eastern Massachusetts Friday night pro league in an eight year span; he averaged 125 or better during each season that he won these high average titles.
Tonight we congratulate Bob on his many outstanding
accomplishments in the sport of Candlepin Bowling and heartily welcome him
into the ICBA Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame.
Dick Smus of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts enters "The Hall" tonight in recognition of a successful Candlepin Bowling career in the sport's earlier heyday.
Dick was one of the true stars of the Channel Five Bowling Show, having appeared thirty-eight times and winning on the show in twenty-six of the thirty-eight appearances! In 1962, and again in 1975, Dick won six straight weeks on the show. He hit over 400 on several occasions and proved a formidable foe to some of the game's great competitors of his era. Dick also made eleven appearances on Channel twenty-seven's BAY STATE BOWLING.
Dick's tournament accomplishments are also noteworthy. In 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1983, Dick was a member of The Men's State Open championship team. In 1971, he teamed with Hall of Famers Charlie Jutras and Marcelle Aiken, and also Pat Parker, to win the Massachusetts State Open Mixed Team championship. This same team also won a World Mixed Team Title in the early 1970's.
Dick excelled in the 1972 World Championships at Hall of Famer Sil Angelotti's Pilgrim Lanes. Not only did he win in the Men's team competition; Dick also won the Singles event with a 1414 ten-string total. Most importantly, Dick won the coveted All Events Crown in the same year!
In 1981, Dick and his partner Pat Parker won the Massachusetts State Open Mixed Doubles title with a record-setting score of 1327.
Throughout his long and distinguished Candlepin career, Dick also won many Western Massachusetts titles, too numerous to mention, in fact!
Dick has also given back to the sport he loves. Over the years, Dick instructed youngsters in the Riverside Park Lane's junior bowling program. He also served for sixteen years as President of the Canal Lanes Pro League, as well as participating in fund-raisers for the Heart Association at Valley Park Lanes in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Dick's overall career statistics include a 191 high single game, a high triple of 474 and highest seasonal average of 128.
Dick worked for 41.5 years at United Technologies, retiring in 1998. He and his wife Lois have two children, Peter and Kristen, the latter of whom nominated her father for tonight's honors.
The ICBA congratulates Dick Smus on his induction tonight into The International Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame.
Tagg's bowling began in his native Pavia, Italy, with the national sport of boccie. He came to America in 1907 at the age of 16, and won his first world candlepin bowling crown at the Worcester, Mass., Casino Alleys in 1918. His ten string total was 1,065.
Tagg's best lesson on the caprice of candlepins came the next year. He had the New England title wrapped up after a strike in the ninth box of the final string. A bit wryly, Tagg recalls tacking but two pins on the strike and hitting but two more pins the final box. Meanwhile, Jim Whelan of Boston, with whom he had been tied after 98 boxes, came to win by four pins.
Thereafter Tagg bore down all the way. Once, while struggling in the windup box during a big match at Nashua, N.H., he overheard a spectator remark, "Even Tagg can't overcome that deficit." With more confidence than he felt, Tagg turned and said, "Champions are at their best in late going." Fortunately, Tagg went strike, strike, eight to pull it out.
In 1934 while bowling a 10 string sweepstakes in Jefferson, Tagg crayoned and unheard of 1,252 total. He had consecutive strings of 138, 142 and 170 for a 450 triple.
For years, Tagg bowled between 50 and 60 strings each weekend. Tagg and Concord, N.H., standout Dick Gordon would meet at mutually convenient and neutral Nashua, N.H., and roll all day and night for generous stakes.
Tagg operated lanes in Athol, Fitchburg and Leominster more than a quarter-century. He now resides in Fithcburg.
The Hall of Fame honor will be the second tribute to Tagg in five days. Long-time associates will hold a Tagg Testimonial Monday, June 12, at George Fava's Hub Bowling Lanes, Lunenburg.
Tonight the International Candlepin Bowling Association welcomes Joe Tavernese into the Hall of Fame. Joe is a familiar face in the candlepin family- especially on the North Shore of Massachusetts. In fact, he is the face that will greet you at the Metro Bowl in Peabody, MA where he is employed as the manager!
Through the years, Joe has amassed over 50 television appearances, as well as numerous individual and team titles. He was crowned the MBA All Events State Champion in both 1987 and 1989- setting a new record with each win. He has 2 Pro Tour victories to his credit, (1997 and 2004), as well as a couple of appearances on the Channel 5 Yellow Pages show in 1989, (finished 4th), and in 1990, (finished 2nd). Joe was a member of the Metro Bowl Team in the Mass Northeastern Men’s Pro League that won the title 11 times.
Joe is among the elite candlepin bowlers with a high single over 200. His personal bests include a 207 high single, a 484 high three, a 758 high five and a ten string high of 1,481.
Perhaps Joe’s most prized accomplishment is his commitment to the sport of candlepin bowling and his willingness to help out a good cause whenever he is asked. He is a fan favorite at the annual Rock ‘n Bowl to support the ICYBA youth program, played a major role in the fundraiser for late Hall of Famer Tom Morgan and participated in the MBA Senior Jamboree Exhibition in Natick, MA. He has run numerous house events at the Post Office Lanes in Lynn, MA and the Metro Bowl in Peabody, MA. He works tirelessly with bowlers in the house leagues to teach them not only the fundamentals of candlepin bowling, but proper bowling etiquette as well!
Joe lives in Lynn, MA and is married to his wife Sharon- also a familiar face in the candlepin bowling circuit. They have two children- Joe Jr., and Joline. Joe and Sharon are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren- Abbey, Dominic and Rylan.
The ICBA proudly welcomes Joe into its Hall of Fame.
Tonight the WCBC Hall of Fame welcomes Steve Vadney of Claremont, NH into its exclusive ranks.
From 1978 to the present, Steve has established himself as a force to be reckoned with whenever hi is in competition, having amassed a resume that boasts over 100 television appearances and State and World Titles that span four decades.
Steve's first title came in 1978 when he emerged as the All Events Champion in WNECA yearly championship. In 1983, Steve paired with Bill Baker to win the New Hampshire Men's Doubles title. He did even better in 1984, winning the New Hampshire State Singles title as well as the All Events Crown with a record-tying 1381 total. It doesn't stop here folks!
In 1985, Steve faced Hall of Famer Dan Murphy head to head for the New Hampshire All Events title. Steve bowled a phenomenal 1520 while Dan finisher with a remarkable 1482 as runner-up in the ten-string competition. Steve's total remains today, twenty years later, as the New Hampshire State Ten game record.
After the demise of the Channel Five Bowling Show, Steve did not participate on the WCBC Tour for a few years. At the prompting of his son, who was attending college in proximity to many of the Pro Tour stops, Steve rejoined the tour in the late 1990's. His son came to root for Steve and wonderful things followed!
Ins subsequent years, Steve earned many more titles on the WCBC Tour! In fact, Steve won the WCBC Bowler of the Year honors in 1999-2000 season, averaging 134 for the season. He has won several individual tournaments during his tenure with the WCBC, as well as finishing in the top ten on many occasions.
In 2002, Steve became a member of SPCBA, the senior counterpart of the WCBC Pro Tour. Steve has won several individual tour events on the Senior Tour and won the Senior Pro Bowler of the Year title for the 2002-2003 season with a 131 overall average.
Steve's television record is also impressive. On the Yankee Championship Bowling program in Concord, New Hampshire, Steve held the three-string record with a 488 triple. He also held the individual string record with 195. He has appeared on the Channel Fifty show in excess of sixty times, while his Channel Five appearances exceed twenty. Over the years Steve also appeared on NESN's BIG SHOT BOWLING, as well as Comcast's current hit show co-hosted by our own Dan Murphy.
Obviously, Steve's accomplishments alone qualify him for tonight's honors; however, there is more to the man than talent on the lanes. In nominating Steve for induction, Hall of Famer Gary Duffett writes, "Steve embodies the very meaning of professionalism, integrity and style. He is always ready to support any worthy cause, always ready to give back to the game, in the name of the game. I truly believe that Steve Vadney belongs in the Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame. His addition to the illustrious group will serve to enhance the overall reputation of that exclusive club, as he already has enhanced the game." One couldn't put it any better than that!
Tonight, we welcome Nance Vestal into the ICBA Hall of Fame Class of 2011 for competitive ability; she joins many other members from the city of Lynn, Massachusetts, including tonight’s fellow inductee, Joe Tavernese.
Nance has several Massachusetts State titles to her credit, including being crowned the 2005 Open All Events Champion. She has notched 6 WCBC Pro Tour victories, as well as 17 New Hampshire State titles, including this past year’s Ladies Doubles and Ladies Singles titles, scratch and handicap divisions, alike.
Nance is an active participant in many of the Ladies International Events, and her list of accomplishments includes 8 international titles. She was also a member of the North Shore Women’s Travel League for many years, and was a member of the championship team on 7 occasions.
Nance’s personal bests are quite impressive- a 189 high single, 454 high triple, 735 high five and a 1,305 ten string mark; she has also appeared on television five times.
Nance is married to her husband Fred, and they are the proud parents of 3 children- Sara (26), Rebekah (24) and Benjamin (20). They also have 2 granddaughters- Abby (6) and Lily Mae (2).
It is a pleasure to welcome Nance into the ICBA Hall of
Delwyn "Del" Webber
At age 12, Delwyn (Del) Webber required written permission from his parents to bowl at the Ranger Alleys in Kittery.
From the time he was a teenager, Webber stood on his own. His first of three 170-plus strings came in 1929, at the age of 16.
The pin-picking postman crayoned several standout accomplishments the next 55 years.
Webber burst past the lane pack in 1939, when he won the Boston Record American tournament with a three-string 393. The next year, he paired with Paul Amazeen for that newspaper's men's doubles title. Webber notched 700 for five strings.
Webber and Norma "Sis" Morrow finished second in the New England mixed doubles championship in Boston in the early '40s, and in 1939 he captured the men's singles in the fourth annual Grand Candlepin tourney.
Webber was competitive in several N.H. sweepstakes test.
Webber campaigned with comparable success the past 30 years in Maine and New Hampshire. One notable feat was turning back the challenge of Hall of Famer Ralph Pearson of Portland for the Maine crown.
He's made the Granite State his bowling bailiwick. Among lane laurels were first place in the inaugural Sea Cost Open Sweepstakes at New Recreation Lanes, Portsmouth, in 1957, a record ten-string 1,215 there, and a 1,166 for a tenth-place tie in a field of 209 at Central Park Lanes in 1950.
He was Portsmouth City League champion in 1961 and 1962, and frequently paced his team to league titles.
Parkinson's disease slowed him a little. Soon after that illness had been diagnosed, Webber was designated most improved bowler in the Clipper League for the 1977-1978 season. The same even temperament which worked so well in the midst of intense candlepin combat served him nicely in the daily battle against the ailment.
Webber has been rolling along for 58 years, on high school and town teams, in lanes from Portsmouth, Kittery, Somersworth, Dover and Hampton. He's a welcomed, valued team member with the Golden Agers.
Eleanor Patten Webber
Eleanor Patten Webber "discovered" candlepins at 47, but the lifelong Ellsworth resident made up for lost time with a rush.
Highlight of a dazzling successful career, perhaps was annexation, at age 61, of the World championship.
Her opponent in that memorable 1972 final? None other than eight time world ruler Stasia Czernicki, Webster, Mass., the perennial Bay State Champion. Patten foiled Czernicki's bid for a seventh straight crown, 1,212 - 1,198.
Patten has to wade through a qualifying round, then former champion Marcelle Aiken, Springfield Mass. and world 20 string record holder Rosalie Rankin, Springvale, in order to gain Czernicki confrontation.
The next year Patten took overall honors on the pro tour.
Highlight of five Maine triumphs came in 1968, over Dot Petty of Portland. Patten was just returning to action after a broken leg, but she showed amazing kick in registering a Maine 20 string record of 2,458.
Patten collaborated with Charles Milan III for world mixed doubles honors and won Maine mixed doubles laurels with Chris Linsott, Ellsworth, and Ida Trenholm, Prospect Harbor.
Patten won the Vera Holt trophy, emblematic of the Ellsworth city title and named for her longtime lane friend, form 1960 to 1972, then retired from that competition. She also was Eastern Maine champion several times.
The former baseball (girls' team versus boys'), basketball and track standout at Ellsworth High hasn't been as active on the bowling scene since marriage to Roland B. Webber
At the moment, he has the upper hand in a game new to her - pool. Eleanor will be 68 in January. By that time, she may have the touch of a Willie Hoppe.
Not generally known is Mrs. Webber's contribution to blood banks. She has a special type of blood and has been donating since son Robert was in Korea in the early '50s. She's past her sixth gallon.
The time has come to acknowledge and celebrate the Candlepin Bowling career of Roly West. Although noticeable shorter in span than many of tonight's other inductees, Roly's career on the lanes was exemplary and eventful.
Roly first tasted victory as a member of the 1961 World Championship Junior Boy's Team. He obviously liked the feeling that winning that event provided; in the years to follow he did a lot more of it! In 1962, Roly became the youngest bowler ever to appear on the Channel Five Bowling show at the age of sixteen years. Not only did he appear, he won this first match over Arthur Duff of Dorchester, Mass. 358-336. Roly's appearance, though inspirational, spawned the move to raise the age limit for qualifiers to the program! Roly had just begun to fight!
Also in 1962, Roly finished in first place in the MBA Classic event in Walpole, Massachusetts with a score of 1284. In 1963, hitting 422, Roly spearheaded his Men's Team to the Open title in the Massachusetts State Championships in Natick.
Some in the audience tonight will recall the prestigious and lucrative Huntington "55" event held yearly in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1960's. I'm sure Roly has special memories of the 1965 event. Roly finished first in the Singles competition with a fantastic score of 1382.
In 1965, Roly won the twenty string MBA All Stars Events at the Wal-Lex in Waltham Massachusetts with a score of 2447. This event was an invitational and included all the top competitors from the Channel Five Bowling Show. Winning this event at the age of 19 years was certainly a formidable and noteworthy accomplishment; runners-up included Joe Donovan, and Hall of Famers Charlie Jutras, the late Jerry DiVechhia and Mike Saniuk, to name a few.
Another yearly event that "all of the big guns" competed in was the yearly Easter Sunday Sweepstakes held in Manchester, New Hampshire Comparable to today's event held at Leda Lanes, Roly was the 1966 champion with a score of 1297.
After a hiatus of nine years, Roly placed second in the 1975 MBA Open Singles with a 1324 ten-string total. In 1976, Roly finished in third place in the televisiond finals of the MBA All Events competition on Channel 7 Boston, Massachusetts.
In league competition, Roly was the first bowler to win back-to-back High Average titles in the Suburban Businessmen's Bowling League at the West Roxbury Bowling Center . This league included Hall of Famers Jerry DiVecchia, Mike Saniuk, Herb Berman, Tony Karem and Lou Pagnani, to name a few.
Roly essentially retired for the sport in 1968 at the age of 22, citing burnout as the reason. Although he returned briefly in the 1970's competition outlined above, Roly left his mark amoung the game's elite in just six short whirlwind years.
Today, Roly is married to Kirsten and they have three children, Sven, Petra, and Christian. He is VP of Eastern Sales and Marketing in his hometown of Needham, Massachusetts.
With pride and fond memories of his youthful and talented exploits in our sport, the ICBA welcomes Roly West into the Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame.
Sixty years ago, vivacious Vina Workman was labeled " Mrs. Women Bowler."
Hailing from Boston, Mass., she rolled in nearly every lane in New England and against all comers.
Top men's teams frequently included four huskies and 5-2 Vina.
Her record 149 single compared to the men's high of 169.
Workman was New England champion for two years against all opposition. Challenges were on a home basis, ten strings at each site.
Workman took the lead by issuing challenges for $100 matches against anyone daring enough to try to dethrone her.