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Bowler
    (April 10, 1951-November 26, 2021)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Won 34 PBA tour titles
    Four-time PBA Player of the Year (1977-79, 1984)
    Inducted into the Halls of Fame of both the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) and USBC (United States Bowling Congress)
    Ranked #5 on the PBA’s ’50 Greatest Bowlers of the Last 50 Years’ (2008)
    Cameo appearance in the film ‘Kingpin’ (1996)
    His nickname was ‘the original cranker’ (for his then-unorthodox throwing style).
    There was an eight-year drought between his 33rd PBA title and his final one (1987-95).
    He opened a bowling center named after himself that closed after six months (2002).
    At the time of his death, he still held the record for most PBA titles in a season (8 in 1978).
    He was the first bowler to convert a 7-10 split in a televised game (January 5, 1980).
    He followed Earl Anthony as the second pro bowler with $1,000,000 in career winnings (1984).
    He was also inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2014).
    PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark said, ‘He revolutionized the game with his powerful style, and was a hero to generations of bowlers.’

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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