Don Mitchell

 
Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell

Year Inducted: 2018

Category: Meritorious Service

Mitchell’s Royal Pin Leisure Centers chain, has hosted dozens of showcase events at all levels of bowling. Its centerpiece – Woodland Lanes on Indianapolis’ north side – has hosted every major championship the PBA has offered. Mitchell’s bowling center empire grew from one center in 1974 to multiple centers with more than 300 lanes and five pro shops. He was a vocal advocate for the PBA as the sport’s most prominent promotional vehicle, and he put his money behind his passions. He is the first bowling proprietor elected to the PBA Hall of Fame exclusively based on his role as a bowling center owner.