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.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.218 (1 game total)$9,000
2Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y.621 (3 games)5,000
3Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash.204 (1 game)4,000
4Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.429 (2 games)3,000
5Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y.209 (1 game)2,500

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.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 12289 17-4-3 555 12844 
2Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash. 12110 18-5-1 555 12665 
3Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11971 19-5-0 570 12541 
4Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 11760 10-14-0 300 12060 
5Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y. 11699 11-13-0 330 12029 
*6Joe Berardi, New York, N.Y. 11545 13-11-0 390 11935 $2,100
7Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 11583 11-12-1 345 11928 1,900
8Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas 11503 14-10-0 420 11923 1,800
9Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 11410 16-8-0 480 11890 1,700
10Art Trask, Miami, Fla. 11526 11-13-0 330 11856 1,575
 Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 11496 12-12-0 360 11856 1,575
12Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo. 11502 10-12-2 330 11832 1,500
13Mike McGrath, Lake St. Louis, Mo. 11475 11-13-0 330 11805 1,450
14Bobby Fliegman, Torrance, Calif. 11460 11-13-0 330 11790 1,400
15George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 11430 11-12-1 345 11775 1,350
16Steve Jones, Kansas City, Mo. 11358 13-10-1 405 11763 1,300
17Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 11408 11-12-1 345 11753 1,250
18Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 11339 11-12-1 345 11684 1,200
19Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa. 11397 9-14-1 285 11682 1,150
20Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C. 11280 10-14-0 300 11580 1,100
21Bobby Jacks, New Orleans, La. 11252 10-14-0 300 11552 1,050
22Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 11268 9-15-0 270 11538 1,000
23Rich Hottal, San Francisco, Calif. 11036 9-15-0 270 11306 950
24Ernie Schlegel, New York, N.Y. 10903 5-19-0 150 11053 900


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga.6529$800
*26Paul McCordic, Houston, Texas6525855
27Cliff McNealy, Milpitas, Calif.6518760
28Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.6516740
29Chuck Moran, San Diego, Calif.6515720
30Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.6513700
31Doug Johnson, Long Beach, Calif.6509670
 Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.6509670
33Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa.6506640
34Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.6499620
35Greg Pickens, San Diego, Calif.6476600
36Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.6470580
37Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio6448560
38Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo.6442540
39Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz.6441520
40Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif.6437500
41Junichi Yajima, Tokyo, Japan6431480
42Art Goddard, Norwalk, Calif.6416460
43Ed Bourdase, Mt. View, Calif.6413440
44Ron Stromfeld, Columbus, Ohio6386420
45Don McCune, Munster, Ind.6378410
46Don Glover, Del Ray Beach, Fla.6373400
47Bob Chappell, Wichita, Kan.6368390
48Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif.6362380
49Tye Critchlow, Los Angeles, Calif.6354370
50Don Bell, Scotts Valley, Calif.6348360
51Cliff Marceau, Redwood City, Calif.6308350
52Bill Marshall, Torrance, Calif.6268340
53Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.6267330
54Paul Kreins, Pleasant Hill, Calif.6199320

*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.