Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Mar 6-12, 1983

Three In A Row For Anthony

He first won this event in 1973 at Oklahoma City, then scored back-to-back victories at Downey, Calif., in 1974-75.

For a while it looked as though the string would come to a halt. The manner in which the 44-year-old Anthony won this one left competitors and onlookers, along with a vast national television audience (ABC Sports), in virtual disbelief.

After, four frames, Anthony had missed two and converted one split and trailed defending Firestone Tournament of Champions winner Mike Durbin by 25 pins. In Anthony's own words, "I just couldn't believe I could get behind a bowler like Durbin and still have a chance to get back in it."

But get back in it he did. Durbin left a 4-9 split which he did not convert, bringing Anthony within 12 pins. Anthony then uncoiled five game-ending strikes and to claim the $38,000 Toledo Trust check, for a total of $87,000 won over the past three years.

Anthony was the top qualifier for the ABC-televised finals, and was forced to wait until Durbin, Roy Buckley, Kevin Gillette and Mike Truitt battled for the right to meet him.

Gillette eliminated Truitt, 216-181, and Buckley turned the tables on Gillette, 235-190. Durbin then rolled to a fine, 244-213, victory over Buckley to get a shot at Anthony.

Toledo and the PBA National Championship have special meaning for Anthony, having broken the $1 million mark in career earnings here in 1982.

Earl Anthony continued his incredible dominance of the PBA National Championship by winning the $200,000 Toledo Trust-sponsored event at Imperial Lanes for the third straight year and an unprecedented sixth time since 1973.

Anthony's championship victim in his onslaught on the PBA record books was Mike Durbin, 210-183.

With his latest triumph, his string at Toledo's spacious Imperial Lanes reached three in a row, a feat no other person has approached in the event's 24-year history. But for Anthony it is the second time in his illustrious career that he has won three consecutive PBA National Championships


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif.210 (1 game)$38,000
2Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio427 (2 games)20,000
3Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio448 (2 games)11,000
4Kevin Gillette, Florence, Ky.406 (2 games)8,000
 Mike Truitt, Rockford, Ill.181 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Gillette defeated Truitt, 216-181: Buckley defeated Gillette. 235-190: Durbin defeated Buckley, 244-213; and in the championship match, Anthony defeated Durbin, 210-183.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif. 12363 220.7 15-7-2 480 12843 
2Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls. Ohio 12085 215.8 16-8-0 480 12565 
3Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio 12004 214.3 14-9-1 435 12439 
4Kevin Gillette, Florence, Ky. 12089 215.8 11-12-1 345 12434 
5Mike Truitt, Rockford, Ill. 11948 213.3 16-8-0 480 12428 
*6Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 12064 215.4 12-12-0 360 12424 $5,050
7Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan. 11976 213.8 14-10-0 420 12396 4,100
8Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 12027 214.7 12-12-0 360 12387 3,600
9Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif. 11981 213.9 12-12-0 360 12341 3,300
10Les Schissler. Ft. Lupton, Colo. 11885 212.2 15-9-0 450 12335 3,000
11Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 12021 214.6 10-14-0 300 12321 2,800
12Keith Kolozsi, Xenia, Ohio 11960 213.5 12-12-0 360 12320 2,600
13Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 11961 213.5 11-12-1 345 12306 2,400
14Kent Wagner, Allentown, Pa. 11883 212.1 14-10-0 420 12303 2,300
15Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 11985 214.0 10-14-0 300 12285 2,200
16Butch Soper, Newport Beach, Calif. 12003 214.3 9-15-0 270 12273 2,100
17Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va. 11926 212.9 11-13-0 330 12256 2,000
18Marshall Holman, Jacksonville, Ore. 11907 212.6 11-13-0 330 12237 1,900
19Paul Moser, Brockton, Mass. 11812 210.9 14-10-0 420 12232 1,800
20Teata Semiz, Fairfield, N.J. 11908 212.6 10-14-0 300 12208 1,700
21Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 11832 211.2 12-12-0 360 12192 1,600
22Jim Murtishaw, Vista. Calif. 11814 210.9 9-15-0 270 12084 1,500
23Tony Acosta. Hialeah, Fla. 11783 210.4 9-14-1 285 12068 1,400
24Jim Miller, Mesa, Ariz. 11641 207.8 6-18-0 180 11821 1,350


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
**25Dan Ebert, Tonawanda, N.Y.$1,335
26Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind.1,230
27Don Genalo, N. Merrick, N.Y.1,205
28Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.1,180
29Bobby Knipple. Long Beach, Calif.1,155
30Jim Ragnoni, Elyria, Ohio.1,140
31Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.1,125
 Gary Dickinson, Burleson. Texas1,125
33Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N.J.1,110
34Larry Franz, Redford, Mich.1,100
35Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.1,090
36Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,075
 Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.1,075
38Phil Ringener, Big Spring, Texas.1,060
39Rowdy Morrow, Ferguson, Mo.1,050
40Tom Robards, Carmichael, Calif.1,035
 Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.1,035
42Steve West berg, Cottage Grove, Ore.1,020
43Dennis Jacques, Middletown, N.J.1,010
44Vince Mazzanti, Levittown, Pa.1,000
45Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn.990
46Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.980
47Dave Tulak, Monroe, Mich.970
48Scott Kraye, La Habra, Calif.960
49Chuck Pierce, Dallas950
50Allie Clarke, Ravenna, Ohio.940
51Carmen Salvino, Chicago.930
52Skip Tucker, Merritt Island, Fla.920
53Doc landoli, College Point, N.Y.910
54Bob McGuire, Dennison, Ohio900
55Dean Asami, Rodeo, Calif.885
 Mike Aulby, Indianapolis885
57Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.870
58Mitch Jabczenski, Taylor, Mich.860
59Ted Thompson, Sarasota, Fla.850
60Hugh Miller, Seattle. Wash.840
61Mick McMahon, Portland, Ore.830
62Clay Saguibo, Pearl City, Hawaii815
 Sam Zurich, Huntington, N.Y.815
64Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y.800
65Steve Giljum, St. Louis790
66Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.775
 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pomona, Calif.775
68Rich Gradley. Westwood, N.J.760
69Jim Gostovich, New Baltimore, Mich..750
70Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.740
71Roger Haskell, Renton, Wash.730
72Alan Granat, Palisade, Colo.720
73Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.710
74Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass.700
75Ed Wallace, Visalia, Calif.690
76Ed Martin, Kokomo. Ind.680
77Jerry Held, Monroe, Mich.670
78Dale Eagle. Santa Maria. Calif.660
79Dick Nardozza, Bellefonte, Pa..650
80Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.640
81Pete Weber, St. Louis630
#82Rodney Bridgeman, Richmond, Calif.620
83Ed Walsh, Perth Amboy, N.J.610
84Don Sylvia, New Bedford, Mass.600
85Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.590
86David Buff, Springfield, Mo.580
87Tony Marrese, Cocoa, Fla.570
88Bo Bowden, Dallas560
89Oliver Mabry, Oak Park, Mich.550
90Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.540

** - Match play alternate. * - TV finals alternate. 32-game qualifying leader- Tom Baker, 7205. 24th place- Jim Miller, 6835. # - Rodney Bridgeman rolled a 300 game. PRO-AM CASHERS - Roger Bowker, Don Genalo. Mike Steinbach, Norm Duke, Brian Voss, Bo Bowden, Nelson Burton Jr., Mike Truitt, Fred Jaskie, Bob Shaffer, Les Zikes, John Forst, Fred Taral, Tom Laskow, Sam Zurich, Steve Fehr, Steve Westberg, Charlie Tapp, Dean McLachlan, Roy Buckley, Amleto Monacelli, Gary Cunningham, Steve Neff, Tim Campbell, Bob Benoit and Bill Beach ($50 each).