Famous bowlers throughout history and their contributions to the sport

Are you a fan of bowling? Ever wondered who the great bowlers throughout history were, and what they contributed to the sport?

You’re in luck! In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most famous bowlers throughout history and their contributions to the sport. Get ready to learn about the legendary Bowlers that have made an impact on modern-day bowling!

Sir Flinders Petrie and the Origins of Bowling

You may have heard of Sir Flinders Petrie, the British anthropologist who discovered the remnants of a bowling-like collection in an ancient Egyptian grave.

In 1934, Petrie and a team of archaeologists unearthed various primitive bowling balls, pins, and other game pieces that were believed to be over 5,000 years old.

This discovery proved that the game of bowling had been around since ancient times. Since then, many legendary bowlers have made their mark on the sport, from the LIUSBC Hall of Fame members to the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) stars.

But it was Sir Flinders Petrie who first unlocked the mystery of bowling’s long and rich history. He is truly one of the greats when it comes to understanding the origins of this much-loved sport.

The LIUSBC Hall of Fame and Its Legendary Bowlers

The LIUSBC Hall of Fame is a prestigious honor that recognizes the greatest bowlers of all time and the legends in the industry who have made a lasting impact.

The iconic Chris Lucchese is one of the most celebrated mixed doubles champions and Josh Marino and Joe Ferraiolo are noted for their OverUnder championship win.

Kim Adler, the youth rep, is also highly praised for her contributions to the sport. Furthermore, there are other great bowlers throughout history who have made their mark on the sport, from Michael Anthony Holding to Abdul Qadir.

As you can see, there are many incredible bowlers throughout history who have had an immense impact on the sport. The LIUSBC Hall of Fame serves as a testament to their greatness and to all those who have come before them.

The Rise of Earl Anthony, the ‘Square Earl’

Earl Anthony was one of the most successful bowlers in history and his legacy continues to be cherished by many.

Born in 1938 in Kent, Washington, Anthony earned himself 41 PBA titles and $1,441,061 in his career.

His skill and speed-control bowling earned him the nickname ‘Square Earl’ from fellow bowler Dick Weber. Anthony was so highly regarded that he was featured in the 2004 PBA Tournament of Champions semi-finals and championship match.

He is an example of the very best that bowling has to offer, joining other legendary bowlers like Sir Flinders Petrie, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Carmen Salvino, Don Carter, Don Johnson, Billy Hardwick and more in the LIUSBC Hall Of Fame.

The Popularization of Two-Handed Bowling by Belmonte

One of the most recent and prominent bowlers to join the ranks of legendary bowlers is Jason Belmonte. He is perhaps the most well-marketed bowler of all time, owing in part to his popularization of two-handed bowling.

His technique has revolutionized the sport, inspiring a new age in bowling and bringing excitement to the lanes. Belmonte is often compared to some of the greatest bowlers of all time, such as Walter Ray Williams Jr., Earl Anthony, Norm Duke and Pete Weber.

With his two-handed delivery, he has elevated the game to a whole new level, inspiring others to follow suit and pushing competitive bowling to its limits.

Pete Weber: The Best Men’s Bowler of All Time

Pete Weber is widely regarded as the best men’s bowler of all time. He is one of only three bowlers in history (along with Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Earl Anthony) to have amassed at least 50 combined titles between the PBA Tour and American bowler.

At 54, he remains the biggest personality in the sport his family has dominated for decades.

From Sir Flinders Petrie and the LIUSBC Hall of Fame to Earl Anthony, Bill Fong’s near-perfect game and Dick Weber’s legacy as the greatest bowler of all time, Pete Weber stands out among all those who have graced the lanes throughout history.

He was the first bowler in history to complete the “triple crown” at least twice (1989 and 1997) and his iconic image of the pro bowler is one that will live on forever in bowling lore.

So if you’re ever looking for a role model or an example of a champion athlete, look no further than Pete Weber – he truly is the best men’s bowler of all time!

Bill Fong’s Near-Perfect Game

Bill Fong was one of the most dedicated bowlers in recent history. He practiced in four active leagues and bowled at least 20 games a night in the hopes of turning pro.

His efforts were almost rewarded when he came close to perfection – bowling a 900, just one pin short of a perfect game.

This effort made him a local bowling celebrity, and Joey Daoud, a filmmaker, saw the potential of his story and documented it for others to see.

Bill Fong is not the only famous bowler to come close to perfection. Another famous bowler was Beam, who in 2012, became the first freehand wheelchair bowler to shoot a perfect game.

It goes without saying that Bill Fong’s near-perfect game made an impact on the bowling community and will long be remembered as one of the most remarkable bowling feats in history.

His dedication and commitment to the sport have inspired countless others to follow in his footsteps and pursue their dreams.

The Professional Bowlers Association and Its Members

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the major sanctioning body for the sport of professional ten-pin bowling in the United States.

It was organized in 1958 and quickly developed a star system and a tournament tour fashioned after that of golf. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the PBA membership consists of over 4,200 members from around the world.

In 2004, the PBA opened its doors to female members and in 2010 Kelly Kulick made history by becoming the first woman to win a PBA Tour title. As well as becoming an iconic image of professional bowlers, Earl Anthony was also a member of the PBA, as were two-handed bowlers Jason Belmonte and Bill Fong.

The legendary Dick Weber is still considered to be one of the greatest bowlers of all time and his legacy lives on through his son Pete Weber who plays on the PBA Tour in the United States and world events.

Storm and their Famous Members

Storm has been a powerhouse in the bowling industry for decades, and has produced some of the most iconic bowlers in the sport’s history.

One of their most famous members is Belmonte, who popularized two-handed bowling to the world. They are also home to Pete Weber, who is considered to be one of the best male bowlers of all time.

Bill Fong is another member of Storm who achieved a near-perfect game in 1995, making him one of the most celebrated bowlers in history.

Storm also have many other members who have made significant contributions to the sport, such as Earl Anthony, Dick Weber and Gary Faulkner Jr who all represent the iconic image of professional bowlers.

Earl Anthony: The Iconic Image of the Pro Bowler

Earl Anthony is an iconic image of the professional bowler. He was known as the “Square Earl” for his appearance and the “Earl of Tacoma” for his hometown.

He was a six-time Bowler of the Year and won 43 PBA titles, including the 2006 PBA World Championship.

Anthony was one of only three bowlers in history (with Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Norm Duke) to have reached the 40-title plateau on the PBA tour.

He won PBA titles in 14 consecutive seasons, making him one of the most successful bowlers in history.

Bowling great Dick Weber once described Anthony as “the greatest speed-control bowler ever to play the game”.

His success popularized two-handed bowling and helped to make professional bowling a widely popular sport. He was a true icon in the bowling world and his legacy will live on forever.

Dick Weber’s Legacy as the Greatest Bowler of All Time

As we have discussed throughout this blog, bowlers have been playing a vital role in the history of the sport.

One of the most iconic figures in bowling is Dick Weber, who is widely regarded as the greatest bowler of all time.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1929, Dick Weber had won 26 Professional Bowlers Association titles in his young years, six PBA Senior titles and four old National All-Star titles.

During the 1960s, when bowling was a staple of sports television, Weber emerged as bowling’s most famous personality.

His gentlemanly manner and strong personality made him a fan favorite and his rowdy celebrations made him one of the most recognizable figures in the sport.

This all culminated in 1999 when he was chosen as the best bowler of the 1900s by a panel of experts.

Even today, his legacy lives on as an inspiration for all aspiring bowlers.


In conclusion, the history of bowling is a long and storied one, full of legendary bowlers who have made a lasting impact on the sport.

From Sir Flinders Petrie in the late 1800s to more modern bowlers such as Earl Anthony, Belmonte, Pete Weber, Bill Fong, and Dick Weber, the sport has seen some of its greatest players throughout history. These bowlers have helped shape the game and popularize it around the world.

Whether it be through two-handed bowling or near-perfect games, these bowlers have helped make bowling one of the most popular sports today. Thanks to their contributions, we can continue to enjoy the game and strive to become just like them.