78′ PBA Pro Bowlers Tour Nelson Bo Burton Jr. vs. Earl Anthony : AMF Grand Prix

78' PBA Pro Bowlers Tour Nelson Bo Burton Jr. vs. Earl Anthony : AMF Grand Prix


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  1. Im a left handed bowler but Earl Anthony was one of the most smooth bowlers and the best ever. Im 36 but id watch Earl Anthony videos more than the bowling today

    1. He was even more impressive on live TV telecasts in the 1970s. The pins seemed to be devoured by his ball, a ball thrown with uncanny precision and consistency, frame after frame.

  2. This was televised on NBC…speaking of which, Earl Anthony would later be an NBC TV bowling analyst alongside Jay Randolph!

    As a side note, Earl Anthony died suddenly in 2001 from a head injury sustained in an accidental fall, aged 63…may he rest in peace!

    1. Kind of interesting to see a then-current ABC-TV bowling analyst bowling against an then-future NBC-TV bowling analyst, huh? 😉

    2. Yep. I remember Earl alongside Jay Randolph on NBC. The Fall/Winter Tour was mostly on ABC for many years with Chris Schenkel and Billy Welu/Nelson Burton, Jr. The NBC part of the tour I believe may have been in the Spring/Summer.

  3. In 1992 I bowled in the High Roller Tournament at the Showboat. After hours I was sitting at the single deck blackjack table & who sits down next to me? EARL ANTHONY. He was very friendly & talked about how he was basically sick of bowling and played Golf a lot. Yeah I guess after bowling as much as he did, I would be sick of it too.

    1. Earl loved to practice.  He had amazing eye hand skills.  He made himself into a scratch golfer at the time of his death.  He’s go out and practice for an hour or two on the course, then go play.

    2. Anthony retired in 1983 because, in his words, “it wasn’t fun anymore.” He came out of retirement in ’88.

    1. @steve perry I bowled my whole life until 2 years ago. Injuries have taken away the joy. I tried for better part of 55 years to get the mechanics of the game down. I knew what to do but I couldn’t get it down anywhere close to being big time tournament player. Timing was my issue. It was bad and caused me to loft the ball. Was never able to adequately fix it.

    2. @Henry Foxwell i’ve bowled my whole life too but not tenpin bowling. up in my neck of the woods in massachusetts we have candlepin bowling which is a bit different. check out by typing in candlepin bowling on youtube, you might get a kick out it. same principles but the size of the balls and pins,also the lanes are hardwood maple all the way from approach to the pins, no pinewood and no oil, just dry.

    3. @steve perryI’ve watched a lot of candlepin bowling videos. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, we have duckpin. I’m sure you are familiar with it because it’s popular in the Northeast also. My first bowling experience was with duckpin in Alexandria, VA. The last duckpin house in Northern Virginia closed about 15 years ago. Baltimore and other towns in Maryland still have it.

    4. @Henry Foxwell our bowling up here is dying off, one of the reasons is alot of the lanes are sitting on prime real estate and are sold and up pops a cvs, walgreens, rite aide, strip mall or whatever. another reason i think young people today have too much going on and bowling is not on their minds like it might have been for our generation and before. i’m 71 and the league i was in before covid hit was made up of mostly older guys and a few gals. we do have some duckpin up here but i’ve never done it. i’m gonna miss it if i can’t bowl.

    5. @steve perry Don’t worry. Bowling will never totally die off. People have said that bowling is dying for years, but the sport survives.

  4. I used to love to watch Earl Anthony bowl, saw him here in town a few times back in the day during the tournaments. I recently bought a book about Earl, came out late last year, looking forward to reading about him and his career. RIP Earl

    1. Couldn’t agree more. He was the greatest stroker of a bowling ball that has ever lived. I heard a story that he once bowled approximately 6 or 7 300s in a row in a practice session. Incredible.

  5. Back in 1982 I won an armature spot into a pro tournament and they “crossed” me with Earl Anthony during qualifying. I stunk the place up, when his carry dropped he just switched balls and started striking again.

  6. A Saturday afternoon staple for many years! Chris Schenkel and Nelson Burton Jr. on ABC (3:30 PM Eastern most weeks)

  7. This brings back so many memories. As a kid my father watched this religiously every Saturday. Everybody was Earl Anthony at the bowling alley back then lol. Thanks for posting.

  8. In 1980 I was at Earl Anthony Bowl in Dublin, CA for a PRO/AM event and got to meet the great Earl Anthony. Also got to meet Marshall Holman when he was a rookie with long hair and a feisty guy as well.

  9. Love this. Got the pleasure of watching Earl in Chicago when the US Open came through town at Arena Lanes in Oak Lawn in 1983. So smooth. Big thrill watching all the pros.

  10. Chris Schenkel, Nelson Burton Jr and the GREAT Earl Anthony ALL CLASS…. Back when Bowling was Bowling!

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