Showboat Best-Ball Doubles



$80,000 SHOWBOAT BEST-BALL DOUBLES
Showboat Hotel Lanes, Las Vegas, Nov., Jul 21-25, 1976

Warren, Straub Strike

For Bill Straub and Tom Warren it was their first PBA title ever.

For a packed crowd at Las Vegas' Showboat Lanes, and millions of television bowling fans, it was an exciting finish to a new tournament as Straub and Warren won three games enroute to the crown in the $80,000 Showboat PBA Best-Ball Doubles Classic.

In the championship match against top-seeded Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Tex., and George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., Straub and Warren teamed their talents for a 280-248 "best-ball" triumph.

The 6'5" 260-pound Straub and his 5'3" partner eked out a 279-278 victory over Don Johnson and Paul Colwell in a roll-off game for third place Saturday night before the finals.

"That Friday night win was the big one for us," said Straub. "I knew then we couldn't finish last and it gave us a lift," he declared.

In the title match Dickinson just couldn't find a line, and didn't strike until it was his turn in the 10th frame but by then it was too late.

As predicted before the tournament, the best bowlers in the world rattled the pins for a barrage of perfect games-75 to be exact. If a player missed on his first ball, his partner got a chance to strike, and they didn't miss often.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Bill Straub
Tom Warren
849 (3 games)$10,000
2George Pappas
Gary Dickinson
248 (1 game)6,400
3Tommy Hudson
John Wilcox
279 (1 game)5,000
4Earl Anthony
Gary Mage
516 (2 games)4,000
5Don Johnson
Paul Colwell
202 (1 game)3,600

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Anthony and Mage defeated Johnson and Colwell, 258-202; Straub and Warren defeated Anthony and Mage, 289-258; Straub and Warren defeated Hudson and Wilcox, 280-279, and in the championship game, Straub and Warren defeated Dickinson and Pappas, 280-248.

48-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1George Pappas
Gary Dickinson
 12541 15-8-1 465 13006 
2Tommy Hudson
John Wilcox
 12538 13-9-2 420 12958 
&3Bill Straub
Tom Warren
 12540 11-12-1 345 12885 
&4Paul Colwell
Don Johnson
 12435 14-8-2 450 12885 
5Earl Anthony
Gary Mage
 12467 11-11-2 360 12827 
*6Ed Ressler
Steve Neff
 12338 15-9-0 450 12788 $3,460
7Palmer Fallgren
Larry Laub
 12314 15-8-1 465 12779 3,130
8Jimmy Certain
Bobby Jacks
 12325 14-10-0 420 12745 2,900
9Norm Meyers
Dan Roche
 12237 15-9-0 450 12687 2,700
10Carmen Salvino
Roy Buckley
 12231 14-10-0 420 12651 2,500
11Dave Soutar
Wayne Zahn
 12272 11-12-1 345 12617 2,400
12Mark Roth
Joe Berardi
 12114 14-9-1 435 12549 2,300
13Les Schissler
Mike Durbin
 12196 11-12-1 345 12541 2,200
14Greg Baderdeen
Dave Frame
 12166 10-14-0 300 12466 2,100
15Rick Minier
Dave Jones
 12115 11-12-1 345 12460 2,000
16Dennis Swayda
Sam Flanagan
 12038 12-10-2 390 12428 1,900
17Bill Spigner
Dennis Lane
 12061 11-11-2 360 12421 1,800
18Don McCune
Jim Stefanich
 12159 8-15-1 255 12414 1,700
19Jay Robinson
Dale Glenn
 12139 7-14-3 255 12394 1,600
20Gary Patterson
Mike Berlin
 12080 10-14-0 300 12380 1,500
21Matt Surina
Marty Anderson
 11979 10-13-1 315 12294 1,400
22Lee Taylor
Les Barrett
 11828 12-12-0 360 12168 1,300
23Russ Davies
Larry Turner
 11787 7-16-1 225 12012 1,250
24Tom Franklin
Keith Craycraft
 11764 5-18-1 165 11929 1,200

24-GAME TOTALS

*25. Butch Soper-Billy Hardwick 6027 $1,170*Alternates. &Straub and Warren defeated Colwell and Johnson, 279-278, to gain No. 3 seeded position after tieing regulation play. 24-game qualifying leaders-Minier-Jones 6344.24th place-Taylor- Barrett 6030.