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.
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 24-GAME TOTALS
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.