Page 24 | CLARION HERALD ELDER OUTLOOK May 22, 2010 | New Orleans Hall of Fame bowler recounts his striking career By Mark Pattison When Lubanski started So how does one earn entry been about 11, 12 years old.” him to bowl anymore, but Catholic News Service his career, the Professional into a hall of fame, let alone Lubanski said his uncle, a he still gives lessons. And Bowlers Association was in its five? Practice, practice, prac- shopkeeper, gave him money Lubanski even likes “bumper WASHINGTON (CNS) – It infancy, the prize money was tice. to bowl. The bowling alley bowling,” which keeps kids was 50 years ago this June that small, and he won only one “My aunt took me bowling manager let him bowl free, from rolling gutter balls. “It’s bowler Eddie Lubanski rolled tournament on the circuit. one time. I remember the first but instructed him to “take a way for them to get start- two consecutive 300 games on Lubanski supported his wife game I ever bowled was 86,” care of the pin boys” who had ed,” he said. His preference, live TV. and five children instead by Lubanski recalled. But a love to reset the pins every frame though, is that they have Lubanski, now 79, remi- bowling in the semi-pro bowl- for the sport was born. “I used before the era of automatic some ability: “If you can’t nisced about his life and ing leagues in and around to average at least 10 games a pinsetters. swing the ball, come back to career with Catholic News Detroit. day,” he added. “I must have His arthritis doesn’t permit me later.” Service as a biography, “The King of Pins,” was released in 2009. He estimated that he’s bowled “50 or 60” 300 games – 12 strikes in a row. “They do ‘em so often now that it’s a little scary,” he told CNS. “They’ve changed the (lane) conditions so much, and the bowling balls are all changed, too. I go watch ‘em on Sunday mornings, and in the last six months I must have seen at least 15, 20 300 games.” Lubanski, a Catholic, doesn’t skip church to watch bowling. He goes with his wife to a late Saturday Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Oak Park, Mich., a Detroit suburb. Lubanski was a TV fixture himself in his heyday, appear- ing on such shows as “Make That Spare,” “Jackpot Bowl- ing” and “Beat the Champ.” His exploits have earned him entry into five differ- ent halls of fame: national, Michigan and Detroit bowl- ing halls, plus the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in Orchard Lake, Mich., outside Detroit. Photo | COURTESY OF DON LEDDY, CNS Eddie Lubanksi bowls in this photo from the 1960s. Lubanksi, a Catholic, was one of the greatest bowlers of his day. Fifty years ago he rolled two consecutive perfect games on live TV.
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