Brunswick-PBA National Championship
$75,000 BRUNSWICK-PBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Brunswick Wonderbowl, Downey, Calif., Jun 2-9, 1974
Repeat Victory For Anthony
Earl Anthony became the second player in PBA history to win back-to-back National Championship titles in 1974.
He won the $75,000 Brunswick PBA event before a national television audience at Brunswick Wonderbowl Downey by defeating Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y., 218-188.
In 1973, Anthony won the National in Oklahoma City, and his name goes into the records along with Mike McGrath, Lake St. Louis, Mo., who won the coveted title in 1969 and '70.
Anthony also became the second player in history to win both the $125,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions and the Brunswick PBA National Championship in one year. Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz., first accomplished that feat in 1966.
Only another Washingtonian, Gary Mage, Seattle, loomed as an obstacle on the title path followed by Anthony. They battled for the lead throughout the week, with Mage actually taking a two-pin margin into the final 16 games of match play and forcing Anthony to come back with seven wins and a single loss that night to gain the topseeded spot in the finals.
While Anthony, Mage and Roth, whose best previous finish was a second in the $100,000 Brunswick World Open in 1972, were virtually locked into the finals going into the position round game, Dick Weber and Mary Piraino battled for the fourth and fifth spots. Weber made it with a 257-161 win over Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas, while Piraino dropped a notch behind Weber with a 224-192 loss to Roth.
The finals produced an exciting windup. Weber struck out in the 10th frame to oust Piraino, 218-208. In the second match, Roth finished with three in a row for a 228 total and Weber needed a double to win, but a split killed his hopes as he finished with 211.
Roth and Mage locked horns in a cliff-hanger in the third game, with Mage down by 22 pins after only three frames before connecting for doubles in the fourth, seventh and 10th frames. He finished with a 204 and Roth needed a spare and eight pins to win, and he got just that . . . for a 205-204 victory.
In the championship game, Roth held a seven-pin margin through the fifth frame, but he suffered a 4-6 split in the ninth, just after the imperturbable Anthony had doubled, and Anthony was the winner . . . and $9,000 wealthier, thesize of the check he received from Brunswick Vice President Bernie Rudo.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Weber defeated Piraino, 218-209; Roth defeated Weber, 228-211; Roth defeated Mage, 205-204, and in the championship game Anthony defeated Roth, 218-188. 56-GAME TOTALS 32-GAME TOTALS *Alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Anthony 7103. 24th low-Schlegel 6535. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each -Marty Piraino, Gary Regallo, Mark Roth, Don McCune, Earl Anthony, Tim Harahan, Dave Davis, Don Johnson, Denny Turner, Louie Moore, Ron Stromfeld, Greg Baderdeen, Roy Buckley, Norm Meyers, Steve Neff, Dennis Murphy, Fuzzy Shimada, Ed Bourdase.
*Alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Anthony 7103. 24th low-Schlegel 6535. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each -Marty Piraino, Gary Regallo, Mark Roth, Don McCune, Earl Anthony, Tim Harahan, Dave Davis, Don Johnson, Denny Turner, Louie Moore, Ron Stromfeld, Greg Baderdeen, Roy Buckley, Norm Meyers, Steve Neff, Dennis Murphy, Fuzzy Shimada, Ed Bourdase.