Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Feb 21-27, 1982

Anthony Makes History

After months of anticipation, years of hard work and brilliant bowling, Earl Anthony climaxed his unparalleled career by winning an unprecedented fifth PBA National Championship to become the first bowler in tour history to surpass $1 million in lifetime money earnings.

Anthony achieved the long-sought goal by defeating Charlie Tapp from the top-seeded position, 233-191, to earn the $38,000 top prize in the $200,000 Toledo Trust PBA National Championship at Imperial Lanes.

Just as in his previous National Championships (1973, 1974, 1975 and 1981), Anthony was the man to beat practically all the way. After surpassing qualifying leader Mike Durbin in the fifth round, the seemingly unstoppable lefthander took control and built a 272-pin first-place margin going into the championship round.

Durbin outlasted Steve Westberg for second place while two-time National Champion Dave Davis secured fourth, with Tapp barely edging veteran Roy Buckley for the fifth and final spot.

Tapp, enjoying an outstanding Winter Tour but still looking for his first PBA title, set out to make his initial victory a major one. He slipped past Davis, 198-194, and Westberg, 221-211, as well as Durbin, 226-197, in his climb up the stepladder format to the championship game.

Anthony, bowling "the biggest game of my life," started with a strike before leaving a 4-6-7-8-10 split in the second frame to fall behind Tapp, who had also suffered an open frame, by three pins.

Anthony came back with three straight strikes, but Tapp doubled in the eighth and ninth frames to put the pressure on, making Anthony mark in the final stanza to lock up the victory.

Anthony's million-dollar ball was uncharacteristically light in the pocket, but the pins scattered as he raised his arms in triumph.

"I've never been this thrilled before in my bowling career," said the winner. "There is no way I can top this victory. It was our national championship on national TV in the highest-paying tournament yet. All that and going over the $1 million mark."

He reached the seven-figure plateau with $12,586 to spare, all earned since 1970. The National represented his 38th PBA title, far more than any other bowler has achieved.

It was an historic victory, highlighting a tremendous career by a truly great individual.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif.233 (1 game)$38,000
2Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn.836 (4 games)20,000
3Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio197 (1 game)11,000
4Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.211 (1 game)8,000
5Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N.J.184 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Tapp defeated Davis, 198-194; Tapp defeated Westberg, 221-211; Tapp defeated Durbin, 226-197; and in the championship match, Anthony defeated Tapp, 233-191.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif. 12502 223.2 15-9-0 450 12952 
2Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 12290 219.4 13-11-0 290 12680 
3Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 12194 217.7 13-10-1 405 12599 
4Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N.J. 12077 215.6 16-8-0 480 12557 
5Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn. 12029 214.8 15-9-0 450 12479 
**6Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio 11976 213.8 16-8-0 480 12456 $5,050
7Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif. 11909 212.6 15-9-0 450 12359 3,850
 John Weltzien, Huntley, 111. 11999 214.2 12-12-0 360 12359 3,850
9Kevin Gillette, Florence, Ky. 11937 213.1 14-10-0 420 12357 3,300
10Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 12017 214.5 9-15-0 270 12287 3,000
11Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 11833 211.3 15-9-0 450 12283 2,800
12Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 11919 212.8 12-12-0 360 12279 2,600
13Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif., 11939 213.1 10-13-1 315 12254 2,400
14Palmer Fallgren, Boca Raton, Fla. 11927 212.9 10-14-0 300 12227 2,300
15Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J. 11802 210.7 13-11-0 390 12192 2,200
16Boysie Huber, St. Louis 11840 211.4 11-13-0 330 12170 2,100
17Dick Nardozza, Bellefonte, Pa. 11804 210.7 11-13-0 330 12134 2,000
18Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif. 11764 210.0 12-12-0 360 12124 1,900
19Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 11704 209.0 12-12-0 360 12064 1,800
20Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass. 11710 209.1 9-15-0 270 11980 1,700
21Carmen Salvino, Chicago 11746 209.7 7-17-0 210 11956 1,600
22Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev. 11587 206.9 10-14-0 300 11887 1,500
23Tom Robards, Carmichael, Calif. 11519 205.6 9-15-0 270 11789 1,400
24Dave Wilkerson, Chapel Hill, N.C. 11465 204.7 8-16-0 240 11705 1,350


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mike Orlovsky, Endicott, N.Y.$1,335
26Tom Hinz, Joliet, Ill.1,230
27Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va.1,205
28Pete McCordic, Houston1,180
29Randy Pierce, Canton, Mich.1,155
30Dick Weber, St. Louis1,140
31Jim Robinette, Alexandria, Va.1,130
32Jerry Held, Monroe, Mich.1,120
33Louie Moore, Columbus, Ohio1,105
 Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,105
35Ed Martin, Kokomo, Ind.1,090
36Ed Ressler Jr., Merrimack, N.H.1,080
37John Hricsina, Franklin, Pa.1,065
 Wayne Webb, Indianapolis1,065
39Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.1,050
40Jeff Dreischer, Van Wert, Ohio1,040
41Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis1,030
42Ed Walsh, Perth Amboy, N.J.1,020
43Jim Ragnoni, Elyria, Ohio1,010
44Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.995
 Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.995
46Jeff Morin, Cleveland980
47Rich Hartman, Godfrey, Ill.970
48Jim Snow, Altoona, Pa.960
49Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.950
50Steve Fehr, Cincinnati. Ohio.940
51Alan Granat, Palisade, Colo.930
52Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W. Va.915
 Mike Steinbach, Alsip, Ill.915
54Steve Ray, Irving Texas900
55Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio890
56Les Zikes, Palatine. Ill.880
57Bob O'Connor, Poway, Calif.870
58Gary Cunningham, Baldwinsville, N.Y.855
 Roger Haskell, Renton, Wash.855
60Jim Poulos, Daly City, Calif.840
61Steve Smith, Toledo, Ohio830
62Butch Soper, Newport Beach, Calif.820
63Daniel Ghezzi, Childs, Pa.810
64Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.800
65Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.790
66Teata Semiz, Fairfield, N.J.780
67Mark Baker, Garden Grove. Calif.765
 Steve Grimes, Escondido, Calif.765
69Joe Losurdo, Oswego, N.Y.745
 George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.745
71Mike Keefe, West Nyack, N.Y.725
 Hugh Miller, Seattle725
73Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.710
74Ken Fernandez, Grants Pass, Ore.700
75Ken Hochstein, Canton, Mich.690
76Ron Bays, Bloomington, Ill.680
77Jack Bruderly, Salem, Ohio670
78Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.660
79Bill Spargo, Redford, Mich.650
80Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla.640
81Cecil Caddel, Dallas630
82Joe Viscomi, New London, N.C.620
83Greg Nicora, Dearborn Hts., Mich.610
84Mike Bair, Hanover, Pa.600
85Mark Miller, Twin Falls, Idaho.590
86Neil Burton, St. Louis580
87Larry Franz, Margate, Fla.570
88Tom Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla.560
89Jeff Edens, Wilmington, N.C.550
90Gary Morgan, Bloomfield, Conn.540

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 32-game qualifying leader - Durbin, 7117. 24th place -Robards, 6701. PRO-AM CASHERS - Earl Anthony ($100). Bill Spigner, Arnie Goldman, Roger Haskell, Pete Weber, Dave Kappel, Mike Durbin, Jimmie Pritts, Mitch Jabczenski, Dick Weber, Gary Skidmore, Jeff Valentine, Ron Williams, George Pappas, Guppy Troup, Alvin Lou, Jim Vernacchio, Paul Gibson, Bob Handley and Fred Conner ($50 each).