Barry Asher

Barry Asher (born July 14, 1946) was an American professional bowler on the PBA Tour (1966–76).[1][2]


Asher, who is Jewish, was born in Los Angeles, California. His bowling average was 170 when he was 10 years old, 180 the next year, and over 200 at age 14. He attended Santa Ana High School and Santa Ana Junior College, and was an All-American in 1972–73.[3][2][4][5][6][7] He won his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title at the age of 19 in 1966.[8]

He averaged 247 on his way to winning the 1971 South Bend (Indiana) Open, setting a new PBA scoring record. In 1976, his final year on the tour, Asher became the 15th bowler to win 10 PBA titles.[1][2][8] He also won four titles in the American Bowling Congress (ABC) national tournament.[9] He was named Senior Bowler of the Year three times.[9]

He was the bowling technical advisor for the film The Big Lebowski (1998)[9] and bowled in the final scene.[10][11]

Halls of FameEdit

Asher was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1988,[1] and into the Orange County Bowling Hall of Fame and the Southern California Bowling Hall of Fame.[2] He is also a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1990) and the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2000).[9][12][13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Barry Asher". PBA. Professional Bowlers Association. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Peter S. Horvitz (April 2007). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. ISBN 9781561719075. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ B. P. Robert Stephen Silverman (September 22, 2003). The 100 Greatest Jews in Sports: Ranked According to Achievement. ISBN 9781461671688. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. ISBN 9781602800137. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  6. ^ David A. Rausch (1996). Friends, Colleagues, and Neighbors: Jewish Contributions to America from a Gentile View. ISBN 9780801011191. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Chuck Pezzano (1983). Professional Bowlers Association Guide to Better Bowling. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved September 7, 2013. barry asher jewish.
  8. ^ a b Pete Aldridge (February 23, 1988). "Bowling — News from the pro ranks". Ocala Star Banner. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d "Hometown Heroes and Heroines". Orange County Jewish Life. October 31, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "Bringing the bowling to 'The Big Lebowski'". Orange County Register. March 21, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  11. ^ Matt Coker (March 23, 2013). "Fountain Bowl Rolls with Lebowski Fest". OC Weekly. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Eli Sherman, Joe Siegman (1999). The Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1990–1999. ISBN 9780914615088. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  13. ^ [2]

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