Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec 3-14, 1970

Season Finale To Weber

Dick Weber, to whom winning comes so naturally-and easily-nonetheless had to wait until the 1970 season finale to capture his only PBA championship. And, it was done against a backdrop of swaying palm trees and blue waters. The superb St. Louisan did it winning three straight games in the PBA's TV format in Hawaii.

Dick's victims were, in order, Mike McGrath (227-210), Johnny Petraglia (212-164) and then Nelson Burton, Jr. (238-212) in the championship game, in which Burton was seeking his fifth triumph of the long campaign. Burton's undoing, and Weber's road to his 20th title were paved by a split for the loser in the seventh and Weber's three strikes in a row from that point on.

Burton, leader in the match play segment of 45 games, won $1,500, to Weber's $2,000, but Burton did accomplish something else in defeat-nailing down of the George Young Award, which goes annually to the pro with the highest average.

The tournament, jointly sponsored by Smallcomb Enterprises and Bowling Promotions of Hawaii, saw eight stars of the PBA compete, along with one representative from Hawaii and one from Japan.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.677 (3 games)$2,000
2Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.212 (1 game)1,500
3Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.164 (1 game)1,000
4Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Cal.210 (1 game)900
5Skee Foremsky, Houston, Tex.167 (1 game)800

PLAYOFF RESULTS-McGrath defeated Foremsky, 244-167; Weber defeated McGrath, 227-210; Weber defeated Petraglia, 212-164, and in the championship game Weber defeated Burton, 238-212.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 9768 23-22-0 1150 10918 
2Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9479 25-20-0 1250 10729 
3Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 9516 24-21-0 1200 10716 
4Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Cal. 9388 24-20-1 1225 10613 
5Skee Foremsky, Houston, Tex. 9174 27-18-0 1350 10524 
6Don Johnson, Akron, 0. 9317 23-22-0 1150 10467 $650
7Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 9256 20-25-0 1000 10256 575
8Dave Davis, Miami, Fla. 8891 23-22-0 1150 10041 550
9Clifton Kau, Hawaii 9015 18-26-1 925 9940 525
10Bones Yamasaki, Japan 8808 17-28-0 850 9658 500