Baltimore PBA Open



$20,400 BALTIMORE PBA OPEN
Unitas Colt Lanes, Baltimore, Maryland, Jun 5-8, 1963

Ray Rides At Baltimore

Lewis Ray of Fort Worth, Tex. won 14 of his 16 match games in the finals to win the $20,400 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Open by 112 pins. This was Ray's first PBA tournament victory.

The Baltimore test was the first in which the PBA used its new scoring system. The pins from the 24-game qualifier were carried over into the 16-game finals and each victory in the finals was worth 50 pins.

Ray qualified in the 13th spot and then proceeded to "tear foes up" by winning nine straight matches in the finals, before losing two and then going the rest of the way.

Baltimore's Harry Smith finished in the runnerup hole, Ray Bluth of St. Louis was third and Bill Bunetta of Fresno, Calif. was fourth.

Highlights of the finals was the match between Smith and Bluth. Smith spared in the first frame and then strung 11 straight strikes to win, 289-279. Bluth spared in his first two tries and then struck out.

40 GAMES

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
1Lewis Ray, Ft. Worth, Tex. 8384 700 9084 3000.00
2Harry Smith, Baltimore, Md. 8472 500 8972 1500.00
3Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 8526 400 8926 1200.00
4Bill Bunetta, Fresno, Calif. 8493 400 8893 1100.00
5Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 8464 400 8864 1000.00
6Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga. 8338 450 8788 950.00
7George Howard, Detroit, Mich. 8285 500 8785 900.00
8Teata Semiz, Riveredge, N.J. 8257 500 8757 850.00
9Monroe Moore, Pontiac, Mich. 8199 450 8749 800.00
10Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif. 8214 400 8614 750.00
11Jack Biondolillo, Houston. Tex. 8307 300 8607 700.00
12Billy Welu, St. Louis, Mo. 8206 325 8531 650.00
13Roger Helle, Detroit, Mich. 8166 350 8516 600.00
14Dick Downey, Bloomfield, N.J. 8103 325 8428 550.00
15Earl Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn. 8195 100 8295 525.00
16Dan Spada, Cherry Hill, N.J. 7931 300 8231 500.00

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
17Bob Strampe4880$400.00
18Bob Kwolek4879295.00
19Robbie Robinson4866290.00
20Vince Lucci4856285.00
21Bill Anderson4845280.00
22Carl Babb4843280.00
23Joel Vick4821280.00
24Ed Lubanski4814137.50
 Charlie Butera4814137.50