Bowlers in the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame Part 1

About some of the bowlers in the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, their biography, history, records, and achievements.

A Short Selection from the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame


Miami, Fla.

Carter became the 1st star to win a "grand slam" of bowling's match game titles when he won the All-Star, World's Invitational, PBA National championship, and the 1961 ABC Masters. In 1970 he was voted the "greatest bowler in history" in a poll of veteran writers by Bowling magazine. Carter bowled with some of bowling's most famous teams, starting with the Hermann Undertakers of St. Louis and Ziern Antiques before joining Pfeiffers of Detroit. He bowled 266, 253, 235 in Budweiser's record 3858 series in 1958. In ABC tournament competition, he has a 22-year average of 201 and was a member of 3 championship teams. He has a 337-game average of 208 in Masters play. His 20 championships include 6 Professional Bowlers Association titles. He has 5 800 series; the highest is 824. He has 13 sanctioned 300 games and 5 sanctioned 299 games. Leg and knee ailments have limited his tournament play in recent years. Carter was the 1st president of the Professional Bowlers Association.


Milwaukee, Wis.

One of the game's great stylists, Day was one of the 1st to make extensive exhibition and match game tours. He was also one of the 1st to perform in film shorts produced by Pete Smith in Hollywood. He was noted as a great instructor. A member of the champion Heil Products team in Milwaukee, he later bowled more than a decade with top Chicago teams. He was a member of the Falstaff team that captured the 1956 ABC tournament championship. He was 1st in all events in the 1948 ABC. He won 10 other tournament titles, including the 1943 Petersen Classic. After going into virtual retirement in the late 1950s, he was the nationally televised Championship Bowling tournament filmed in Toledo in 1959.


Detroit, Mich.

Lubanski became the 2nd man to win 3 ABC titles in one tournament when he bowled with the champion Pfeiffer team in 1959, and also won singles and all events. He has the highest lifetime ABC tournament average ever complied, 204 for 25 years. Formerly a pitcher in the St. Louis Browns' farm system, he won 23 games for Wausau in the Wisconsin State League in 1947, a record that stood until the circuit folded in 1953. Quitting baseball at the age of 21, he joined Ed (Sarge) Easter (then 67 years old) as the youngest-oldest duo ever crowned national doubles champions. For many years Lubanski was one of the few top stars still using a 2-finger ball. He won the Central States and Michigan State all events and 7 other titles, most of them in the Midwest. He bowled 2 800 series and 11 sanctioned 300 games.

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