A shocking ending to a PBA title match! – Del Ballard vs. Pete Weber

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Del Ballard Jr. takes on the great Pete Weber in the championship match of the 1991 Fair Lanes Open. Ballard leads by 4 pins going into the 10 frame, but Weber throws 3 strikes in the 10th to put the pressure on Ballard. Ballard throws 2 strikes, and now just needs 7 pins on his last shot to win the championship. That shouldn't be a problem, right?…

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38 Comments on “A shocking ending to a PBA title match! – Del Ballard vs. Pete Weber”

  1. I remember seeing this live on TV. That must’ve been like a kick in the nuts for poor ol’ Del. Talk about wanting to crawl into a hole die…

  2. I remember watching this match live. It was a historic event also because it was the first televised event that used Brunswick’s new GS-10 pinsetter with BowlerVision scoring.

  3. Lmfao loved Webers reaction Ballard should of moved a lot more in side thought the 1st shot was going in the channel

  4. I watched this with my dad back in ’91. We both just sat there dumbfounded. Didn’t say a word. We couldn’t believe what had just happened.

    1. @Mark I think that initial reaction was today’s Pete Weber being born. Who do you think you are, I am?!

  5. I remember watching this also, and I kept thinking during the broadcast that Ballard’s throws were too close to the gutter, and I kept watching for him to gutter one.

    1. ALSO, when you look at Ballard approach perfectly straight first two balls. That gutter ball, he stepped off. Sign of “jacked up” speedy race to the line

    2. Also both players through out the telecast were flirting with the gutter. Either one were flirting with the gutter

    1. @Nathan …Same for Jeff Mattingly…Missed an easy spare, got his ball and left with the match still in play !

  6. is it bad even to this day everytime i see del ballard on tv even as a storm bowling tour rep on pba telecast shows i still think of the gutter ball here. i know its wrong but when you watched them so many times you just can’t stop but think about it

  7. I remember watching this on TV when I was ten. To this day, Weber and Ballard are the only two professional bowlers I could name.

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