31 Comments on “Going for 300 with Earl Anthony”

  1. I missed Earl Anthony  so much I loved to watch him smooth. unbelievable.  I told him he is my favorite PBA He smile at me. I met him in New Orleans But it was not in N.O. It was in Gretna, LA. in 1977. Oh, shooting he lost to Don Johnson

  2. ahh the good ole days late 70s/early 80s , Plastic and Rubber 🙂 when you only needed one ball for everything ,
    just before the Urethanes,, No Crazy hooking balls of today, the ABC, write in scorers and Set tea areas 🙂 when bowling was king ! By my idol The Lefty King 🙂

  3. Is that an Ebonite Gyro Resin he’s using? Looks like it, and if so, it’s just like the one I have.

  4. My first inspiration idol. I greatly miss you Earl! I have this video. You and Jack Jurek will always be my inspirations to be the best bowler that I can be!

    1. Stryker I met Jack Jurek twice in person. Once in a tournament in my hometown in Columbus. The second time was this year at a ball demo and Jack got to see how I bowl. He was very nice in person. When I was going for a spare and my friend told me to look behind me I saw Jack and got so nervous I threw the ball in the gutter, lol.

    2. Thats a cute story. I was nervous at first but, Jack kept giving me high fives and complemented me on my form. Later that year, I was fortunate to have a two hour lesson with Walter Ray Williams. He was giving bowling lessons to classes with eight in a group but, I and a young girl was the only ones to show up,so we got a lot for our money. Don’t let anyone tell you different, Walter Ray is very nice and of course extremely knowledgeable. My average went up 30 pins per game ever since.

    3. Stryker I met Walter Ray twice and both times I had photos taken with him. Yes Walter is a very cool guy. One of the reasons why I love Jack is because when the lane conditions call for softer speed Jack excells in that and I have a hard time with slowing down my ball speed. I also had a photo taken with Jack. That’s awesone that you had lessons with Walter Ray you and the young lady got your money’s worth and money worth investing in improving your game. I also forgot to mention that I have a personal letter that the late great Earl Anthony had wrote me back in 1998 and I will always cheerish it!

    4. You should cherish it. Earl was the reason that I got into bowling. I emulated his style and did very well on the lanes until I adopted my own but, I will never forget what he did for the sport of bowling.In the last two years the PBA50 has come to our town and I bowled with Jack, Tom Baker, Brian Voss, Norm Duke, and Walter Ray. I have a bowling pin with them and quite a few others that gave me so much pleasure. I will keep that forever. It’s been a pleasure chatting with you Mary and I wish you the best in your life and on the lanes. Don’t forget the old bowling adage,”strikes are for show but, spares are for dough”!

    5. Stryker I emulated being smooth to the line like Earl. Isn’t it great to have things that we cherish that serves as motivation to bowl great? I met Norm Duke this year also pretty nice guy as well. It’s also been a pleasure to chat and share things with you. Oh I remember that Phase about Strikes are for show and spares are for dough for as long as I have been bowling which is 20 years and I’m always looking for ways to better my game I never stopped learning and I hope that you continue to learn about your game and new things. I wish you the best in this great sport of bowling!

  5. A true master of the game. It is amazing how he can demonstrate 3 different styles all with ease. It is too bad that he is not around today.

  6. Poor Earl, he said the big hook shot and high revs would not be the shot of the future.
    He said the stroker shot with a direct line to the pocket is the shot of the future.
    How sad he was wrong…
    He was just so good, one of the best ever.
    How he got the pins to carry with such a slow rolling ball was amazing.
    A true master.

    1. The game has to evolve to remain relevant. I don’t believe two-handed bowling will become the norm, because it’s not sustainable long-term. I also don’t have a problem with the ball manufacturers becoming creative with the cover stocks and core, because the level of competition will always need to be sustained despite the “advances”. For example, when reactive resin and specialty cores became the norm, the response was sport bowling and variance in the oil patterns. With the increased “acceptance” of the two-handed bowling style, the response was the phasing out of balance holes and the reduced difference in top/side weight to one ounce, instead of three. Change is not the enemy…complacency and stagnancy are.

      I’ve been bowling for 37 years. I’ve bowled with plastic, rubber, reactive resin, symmetrical, asymmetrical, inserts, no inserts in a lot of different houses under many different conditions. I view the “high-rev excitement” as marketing material–foster interest through curiosity. Eventually, Belmo and bowlers like him are going to have to adopt (or reacquire) a more traditional bowling style due to the massive stress on his back and knees if he chooses to remain competitive. Bowling was, is, and always will be a game of skill, even if the equipment manufacturers and bowling proprietors need to “sexy” up the game in order to appeal to a crowd who still view bowling incorrectly as “not a real sport”. This sport is one of the few that is approachable to people of all ages, both from a recreational and competitive arena.

      Earl was the bowler I most wanted to emulate in my younger days. I eventually evolved into my own style and approach, but whenever I get a compliment from someone describing my bowling as “smooth”, I think to myself, “Thank you, Earl”. The only place you really see two-handed bowlers are in the youth leagues and on TV. I’ve got one right-handed senior in one of my leagues who will bowl two-handed, but he always goes back to the traditional when he’s got a 10-pin or a difficult leave. As the adage goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It’s always been about the scoring, and that will never change. People can bowl one-handed, two-handed, plastic, reactive, symmetric, asymmetric, house oil, sport, challenge…I don’t care what other people do or how they choose to do it. As long as I can bowl, I’m going to continue to do what works for me.

    2. @Husker Max My Personal opinion is that you should have two fingers and a thumb in the bowling ball. No offense to the two handers but it gives them an advantage due to the rev rate and their thumb never gets hung up. It gives them an advantage. I think they are some great bowlers but I think it should be a rule to have two fingers and a thumb in the ball.

    3. @Jim Privito I would agree with you if it weren’t for the fact that there’s nothing stopping any of us from transferring over to a two handed approach. As long as it’s an option on the table for everyone then I think it’s okay. Personally though, not something I would partake in for practicality sake. I’m a fairly young player and while I have no problems doing this now if I chose to, I would hate to have to re-learn bowling in my mid-30’s if I randomly got knee problems. It’s great if you’re young but I’d rather develop a game that can not only compete now, but also when I’m 50, years down the road. I’ve also seen house shot hero two handers absolutely melt down on tougher patterns that won’t blindly cater to spray and pray

    4. Husker Max I hear you. I’m older but I really think to be on the tour you should stick two finger and a thumb in the ball. I think it’s better for the game as well. Some of the two handlers are amazing but in my opinion, it’s an unfair advantage and they should stick with the thumb in the ball. I also never believed that anything other then your fingers and thumb should go in the ball. No gloves either. Pete Webber started wearing a full glove and again, I think it should be your natural hand and fingers, no gloves or anything else. Lol lol. Just my thoughts. 👍👍

    5. When Earl said that he was expecting the governing body to do its job and maintain the integrity of the game. Instead, the USBC began rubber stamping score enhancing equipment and conditions which was previously illegal. His heart was in the right place, he was just woefully naive of the depth of corruption within the BPAA and USBC.

  7. i met earl anthony during the 1996 columbia 300 open in austin tx at highland lanes where i worked, great man will be missed

  8. Enjoyed watching video of Earl Anthony win his last champuonship! Watched him on ABC netwrk bowling on TV Saturdays during the 60’s n 70’s. He has a smooth approach n delivery. No herky jerky motions !
    Text book. We’ll miss u lefty Earl Anthony. No one can match ur bowling prowess n classy style.
    Aloha frm Hawaii

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