Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Mar 27-Apr 1, 1971

Three Straight For Petraglia

That bolt of lightning from Brooklyn-Johnny Petraglia, by name-continued to streak across the skies in the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Professional bowling's most important-and richest-event continued to play at Riviera Lanes in Akron, Ohio, and in the true tradition of this competition, thrills were in abundance.

Victim of Petraglia's surge-which saw him take his fourth crown of the year and third straight-was Don Johnson, who one year before took the $25,000 first place prize with his now-classic 299 effort. This time around, however, Johnson was the runnerup in the $100,000 event (going to $125,000 in 1972).

The excitement engendered by the event remained at fever pitch throughout the week-long rolling. As has always been the case, there were turnaway crowds at every session, a pro-am kickoff that saw every squad filled, and a brand of bowling that brought everyone to a fever pitch.

Petraglia came into the Firestone with three titles tucked away in the 12 previous tournaments on the Winter schedule. Two of those-in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans coming in succession, leading up to the Akron blowout. No professional had taken three straight since the early days of the PBA and the man to do it then was Dick Weber.

Leader after 24 games of qualifying was Barry Asher, a finalist in the 1970 edition. Asher, however, faded when match play began and after the first eight games, Petraglia was in first place. When the 24-game portion of head to head play had run its course, the Brooklyn Belter still was atop the standings, followed by Dick Battista, Johnson, Marty Piraino and Dave Davis.

Piraino began with a smashing 268-195 win over Davis and then Piraino bowed to Johnson 214-193. Johnson kept going by downing Battista, 183-174. That put it up to Petraglia to try and thwart Johnson's bid for a second straight victory in the T of C. And he did just that.

Johnson never had a chance. Petraglia doubled twice over the first five frames, then closed with five in a row, while the loser never could get untracked. Johnson suffered a pair of splits, lost his line almost completely, and wound up on the short end of a 245-169 score.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.246 (1 game)$25,000
2Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio566 (3 games)12,500
3Dick Battista, Astoria, N.Y.174 (1 game)6,500
4Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y.461 (2 games)3,500
5Dave Davis, Miami, Fla.195 (1 game)2,600

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Piraino defeated Davis, 268-195; Johnson defeated Piraino, 214-193; Johnson defeated Battista, 183-174; and in the championship game Petraglia defeated Johnson, 246-169.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Johnny Petraglia Brooklyn, N.Y. 10310 16-9-0 760 11060 
2Dick Battista, Astoria, N.Y. 10098 15-9-0 750 10848 
3Don Johnson, Akron, O. 9969 15-8-1 775 10744 
4Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y. 9855 17-7-0 850 10705 
5Dave Davis, Miami, Fla. 9887 15-9-0 750 10637 
**6Mike Durbin, Dayton, Ohio 9902 12-12-0 600 10502 $2,050
7Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 9861 13-11-0 650 10501 1,700
8Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Cal. 9779 12-12-0 600 10379 1,600
9Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 9598 15-9-0 750 10348 1,500
10Lou Scalia, Hollywood, Fla. 9664 13-11-0 650 10314 1,450
11Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Calif. 9704 12-12-0 600 10304 1,400
12Timmy Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif. 9729 11-13-0 550 10279 1,375
13Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 9669 12-12-0 600 10269 1,350
**14Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
(includes 338 pin penalty)
 9918 12-12-0 600 10180 1,200
15Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 9658 10-14-0 500 10168 1,300
16Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 9518 12-11-1 625 10143 1,275
17Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 9576 11-13-0 550 10126 1,250
18Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas 9544 11-13-0 550 10094 1,225
19Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 9540 11-13-0 550 10090 1,200
20George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9687 7-16-1 375 10062 1,175
21Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 9435 11-12-1 575 10010 1,150
22Larry Lichstein, Windsor Locks, Conn. 9343 12-12-0 600 9943 1,125
23Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif. 9662 5-19-0 250 9912 1,100
24Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif. 9559 7-17-0 350 9909 1,075


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
***25Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas6535$1,075
26Bobby Cooper, Houston, Texas47291,000
27Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif.47281,000
**28Don Glover, Bakersfield, Calif.47211,050
29Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif.47201,000
30Les Schissler, Denver, Colo.47061,000
31Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.47041,000
32Terry Booth, Mountain View, Calif.46791,000
33Don McCune, Munster Ind.46641,000
34Mike Limongello, North Babylon, N.Y.46281,000
35Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C.46171,000
36Ralph Engan, Monsey, N.Y.45951,000
37Joe Digman, Albuquerque, N.M.45661,000
38Harry Smith, Akron, Ohio45521,000
39Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wisc.46261,000
40Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.45051,000
41Bill Tucker, Detroit, Mich.45811,000
42Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif.44741,000
43Jim St. John, Shingle Springs, Calif.44721,000
44Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.44451,000
45Vern Downing, San Francisco, Calif.44271,000
46Earl Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn.43311,000
47Billy Welu, St. Louis, Mo.42131,000
48Jack Biondolillo, Houston, Texas, (4 games)26641,000

Allie Clarke, Akron, received $250 as tournament alternate.
**Schmidt received $75 for alternate, Durbin and Glover each received $50 #***Gearhart withdrew after eight ames and was replaced by Schmidt, who was penalized 338 pins. Schmidt and Gearhart split 14th and 25th-place money, each receiving $1,200. Schmidt had actual pinfall, 8128 for 40 games, Gearhart 6535 for 32 games. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50)-Nelson Burton Jr., Bobby Cooper, Les Schissler, Tim Harahan, Mike Durbin, Jack Biondolillo.