Firestone Tournament Of Champions



$125,000 FIRESTONE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Apr 2-6, 1974

$25,000 Earl Gusher For Anthony

Usually calm and collected Earl Anthony finally broke down when it was all over . . . a shaken and happy winner of professional bowling's richest tournament . . . the $125,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

He had just defeated top-seeded Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y., 216-213, in the championship game, and he told newsmen, "I was real loose out there on the lanes, but now it has hit me and I just can't believe it."

It was a scratching, clawing victory for the 36-year-old Tacoman, who since 1970 has established himself as one of the finest professional bowlers in the world.

His victory came after a week of spectacular competition at Riviera Lanes among 52 champions. For a time, it looked like it would be either Dick Ritger or Petraglia, both of whom bowl well at Riviera, who would lay claim to the title.

Ritger jumped out to a quick early lead after the first day, but then it was Petraglia, who won the Firestone in 1971, who took over the lead and raced away to a 92-pin lead after 24 games of qualifying.

Larry Laub in the televised finals of the Tournament of Champions for the third straight year, but once again he was not to win the title. He ran into a red-hot Curt Schmidt in the first game and the diminutive Hoosier rang up a 259-244 win when Laub left an 8-10 split in the sixth frame.

Then it was Anthony's turn. He netted seven game-ending strikes to oust Schmidt, 248-200, and set up another thriller, this one with Roy Buckley. They were never more than four pins apart and Anthony's double in the ninth frame won it for him, 215-213.

The championship game was another cliff-hanger. Petraglia opened with a double, then left a 4-6 split and fell behind by 12 pins in the seventh frame. A double in the closing frames gave him his 213 total, but Anthony's three strikes from the sixth through the eighth frames resulted in a 216 and the title.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.679 (3 games)$25,000
2Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.213 (1 game)14,000
3Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio213 (1 game)8,000
4Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.459 (2 games)5,000
5Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.244 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Schmidt defeated Laub, 259-244; Anthony defeated Schmidt, 248-200; Anthony defeated Buckley, 215-213, and in the championship game Anthony defeated Petraglia, 216-213.

48-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 10646 13-10-1 405 11051 
2Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 10235 17-6-1 525 10760 
3Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 10172 15-9-0 450 10622 
4Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 10208 12-11-1 375 10583 
5Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif. 10045 17-7-0 510 10555 
*6Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga. 10417 13-10-1 405 10552 $3,350
7Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 10035 15-9-0 450 10485 3,000
8Larry Lichstein, Suffield, Conn. 10090 12-12-0 360 10450 2,800
9Don Glover, Delray Beach, Fla. 9952 15-8-1 465 10417 2,600
10Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo. 10048 12-12-0 360 10408 2,500
11Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y. 10016 12-11-1 375 10391 2,400
12Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 10100 9-14-1 285 10385 2,300
13Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas 10029 11-12-1 345 10374 2,200
14George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 10031 11-13-0 330 10361 2,100
15Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C. 10041 10-13-1 315 10356 2,000
16Mike Limongello, St. Paul, Minn. 9904 14-10-0 420 10324 1,900
17Dick Battista, Astoria, N.Y. 9957 11-11-2 360 10317 1,800
18Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 9895 10-14-0 300 10195 1,700
19Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 9832 10-13-1 315 10147 1,650
20Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 9802 10-13-1 315 10117 1,600
21Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo. 9862 8-16-0 240 10102 1,550
22Bob McGregor, Dallas, Texas 9802 8-15-1 255 10057 1,500
23Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 9749 5-17-2 180 9929 1,450
#24Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo.
(includes 27-pin penalty)
 9544 10-14-0 300 9817 1,200

24-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif.4819$1,200
*26Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas48091,075
27Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.47911,000
28Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.47781,000
29Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif.47711,000
30Lou Scalia, Hollywood, Fla.47661,000
31Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.47361,000
 Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio47361,000
33Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.47261,000
34Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.47231,000
35Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.47191,000
36Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio46961,000
37Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C.46571,000
38Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Cal.46521,000
39Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio46411,000
40Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.46351,000
41Bob Perry, Paterson, N.J.46221,000
42Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.46161,000
43Bobby Cooper, Dallas, Texas45991,000
44Bill Tucker, Detroit, Mich.45831,000
45Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.45671,000
46Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y.45601,000
47Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa.45301,000
48Don McCune, Munster, Ind.45261,000
49Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio45131,000
50Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.45091,000
51Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.44941,000
52Mike McGrath, Lake St. Louis, Mo.44741,000

*Alternate. #Soutar replaced Harahan in finals when Harahan withdrew because of injury and Soutar took a 27-pin penalty. They split 23rd and 25th-place money of $2,400, each winning $1,200. Dickinson received $75 for alternate. High block winners-$500 each-Curt Schmidt, Larry Lichstein, Johnny Petraglia, Dave Davis, Roy Buckley, Norm Meyers. High game winners-$250 each-Wayne Zahn, Larry Lichstein, Curt Schmidt, Johnny Guenther, Larry Laub, Norm Meyers. 24-game qualifying leader Petraglia-5344. 24th low-Helling-4829. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each. Roy Buckley, Dave Davis, Johnny Guenther, Barry Asher, Mike Limongello, Dave Soutar.